Randall from Fare Trade Customs is in the midst of designing and building the coffee bar for our shop! Like our country’s early general stores, ours is about building community and creating a space to connect and share ideas.
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, 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.
Housed in the General Store Cooperative, 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 to branch out on her own and develop a business to 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.
The General Store Cooperative is home to New Jersey’s first refill shop! Good Bottle Refill Shop offers 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.
A note from Deanna, owner of Good Bottle Refill Shop:
Like many of you, I was fed up with all the waste my family was producing. I wanted a more eco-friendly version of the products we so often used and threw out each month. I started becoming aware and concerned that the things we think are being recycled are actually ending up elsewhere. I started getting sick of heading out to a big box retailer to buy so many products each month. I was over spending on what I thought was convenience when in reality, a few simple sustainable changes would mean a big savings in time and money.
After changing many habits in our home, we just couldn’t figure out how to eliminate the single use plastic bottles we were going through each month. Researching ideas on reducing waste, I stumbled on the zero waste lifestyle and learned about refill shops across the country. Unfortunately there were no stores near me and the idea of Good Bottle was born.
Combining my years of retail experience and my passion for low waste living, Good Bottle is a unique shopping experience housed in the General Store Cooperative Cafe & Marketplace just 15 miles from New York City. As a busy mom of 2 kids I’m far from perfect when it comes to sustainable living and don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. There are however many small ways you can make a big difference. We open our doors in September 2019 and look forward to meeting you.