The General Store Cooperative was established in 2017 to bring local makers and indie business together to collaborate and find creative revenue streams in the changing face of modern retail. Our mission is to bring fresh ideas and technology to the shop-local movement, drive foot traffic to downtown districts, and remind people of the viability of vacant retail spaces.
In addition to our flagship cafe + marketplace at 1875 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ, our cooperative hosts curated experiential pop-up shops within existing stores and vacant spaces. Makers and indie businesses, including businesses with their own store fronts, are invited to apply. We also host networking meetings, and have created an online marketplace, where customers can shop their favorite local indie stores and makers in one convenient place, kind of like a locally-sourced Amazon meets Etsy.
Our first online marketplace SOMaGeneralStore.com, features goods, services, and gift cards from almost 200 South Orange/Maplewood-area indie business. And MSHGeneralStore.com, which will feature goods, services, and gift cards from Millburn-Short Hills-area indie businesses, is coming soon!
General Store Cooperative‘s flagship cafe and marketplace, think “mini-Chelsea Market,” will host a variety of locally-owned businesses under its roof, including Good Bottle Refill Shop, Three Daughter’s Baking Co., Love Where You Live by Mrs. Meshugga, The Maplewood Wheelhouse (cheese shop), and an outpost for South Orange favorites Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s. GSC will also continue to make a rotating selection of wares available from its network of local makers, artists, and indie businesses, and will run a full-service espresso bar featuring single-origin coffees, kombucha on tap, and cold brew, and non-alcoholic cocktails on evenings we’re open late. The GSC-run coffee shop will offer customers the option to become cooperative members and receive discounts on coffee and reusable cup rentals. That’s right, we said cup rentals! If you forget your reusable cup (for iced or hot drinks) you can rent one from us and drink your to-go coffee with no guilt! Return the cup within 30 days for a refund (minus a small cleaning fee), or keep it and refill every time you come in.
Good Bottle Refill Shop is the first refill shop in New Jersey offering an assortment of kitchen, bath and laundry products in a refillable option, eliminating the need for single use plastics. A variety of zero waste lifestyle products will also be available for purchase, and workshops will be held throughout the year. Good Bottle is owned by Deanna Taylor-Heacock, who is combining her years of retail experience and passion for low-waste living to bring this new concept to the Garden State.
Three Daughters Baking Co is owned and operated by pastry chef Erica Leahy. Erica has over 18 years of experience in pastry and baking. The bulk of her experience is with high end restaurants, Chris Cannon’s Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Tom Coliccho’s Craft group, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne, as well as bakeries and catering companies. Erica left the restaurant industry in order to branch out on her own andto develop a business to that can showcase her assorted talents. At the new General Store Cafe + Marketplace, Erica and Three Daughters Baking Co will use be using that experience to bring elevated, seasonal sweet treats to Springfield Ave. In addition, there will be assorted healthy, but hearty savory items for breakfast and lunch.
Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s are opening Maplewood Outposts in the Cooperative, bringing to bring you basics to for your home, kitchen and closet. KALM will stock all your kitchen, cooking and lunchbox needs, and Sadie’s will supply wearable and seasonal apparel for the whole family at affordable prices from well-minded companies, including United by Blue, which takes a pound of trash out of the ocean for every item purchased.from South Orange’s clothing boutique, Sadie’s.