Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Confectionery, a vegan chocolate shop and bakery, coming soon to 440 E. 9th St.

[Photo via Steven with assistance by EV Arrow]

Thanks to EVG regular Scuba Diva for this tip... a new vegan sweets shop called Confectionery is set to open next month at 440 E. Ninth St. near Avenue A.

The retail shop will be a collaboration between vegan chocolate company Lagusta’s Luscious and bakery Sweet Maresa's ... both of New Paltz and Internet fame.

VegNews described the new place this way: "Confectionery will feature items from both companies such as Sweet Maresa macarons and baked goods and Lagusta’s Luscious chocolate bars, barks, and truffles."

The shop is currently hiring.

The previous tenant in this space, Makki Deli & Grocery, closed in December after just nine months in business.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad it's not a bar but really? Another niche sugar pusher? It's like alcoholics and diabetics are the only people who consume around here.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with 7:27. I am vegan and I couldn't care less about this place. (Note: I'm not saying I want it to fail, just that I don't care.) Vegans -- and all other people for that matter -- are already well served in this neighborhood and everywhere else in America by sweets, and bars, and barks, and truffles. Enough already. This is not serving a real need, it's just more amusement for people with too much money and people who can't get off the sugar crack.

Anonymous said...

Fresh treats, shipped by rail from New Paltz to Grand Central!

Anonymous said...

The infantilization of the East Village continues.

East Village: Where people drink and eat sugary stuff.

Anonymous said...

Not trolling honest question: Why are sweets-desserts infantile?

My grandparents, who grew up on the Lower East Side (now in Florida), eat more desserts than anyone I know.

Veniero's has been selling pastries since 1894. Before closing in December 2014, DeRobertis had been open since 1910.

More recently, Junior's started selling cheesecake in 1950.

Anonymous said...

@12:00, because this particular store wasn't here in 1986. Thus, some idiot will feel the need to chime in with something vaguely derisory about it.

XtraKrispy said...

Pork Pie Hatters closed??? I was just there a few weeks ago...Man, we can't have anything actually cool in the East Village anymore...

Anonymous said...

What would be great are places where someone who isn't wooing/broing could actually sit down, have coffee and maybe a sweet (why not?) and read or converse without a woo or a sportscast on the telly.

Anyway, wish them luck! Maybe it will turn out to be your new favorite place.

I know the jellybean/candy shop on 1st Avenue is a great haven for days when I don't have time to walk to Economy.

Anonymous said...

"Not trolling honest question: Why are sweets-desserts infantile?"

Because nothing destroys the fiber of a neighborhood than tourist magnet cupcake shops, sports bars, foodie meccas which have displaced businesses that residents actually need like laundromats, tailor shops, delis, hardware stores, etc...

Anonymous said...

@ 1:10 *and shoe repair shops...
This is also true, even if we haven't given up sugar or caffeine.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:04 PM That place is Tompkins Bagels Mon - Thurs . Quiet. Always have some cool 50's , 60's, 70's or 80's music going. No TV. Wifi available if you need it. Nice views if you sit up front. That's your quiet neighborhood spot. Sadly, it becomes something else completely Fri-Sun . But the other days it's a great place to be.

Scuba Diva said...

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous quoth:

Because nothing destroys the fiber of a neighborhood than tourist magnet cupcake shops, sports bars, foodie meccas which have displaced businesses that residents actually need like laundromats, tailor shops, delis, hardware stores, etc...

Now, I will be the first to acknowledge that shoe repair shops, hardware stores, tailors, etc., are necessary and fast-disappearing. (The death knell is currently beating for P & S Fabrics, a family-owned fabric store on lower Broadway; the owner is retiring and is having a prolonged contest/sale until the store closes.)

However, I want to point out to everyone here: there is nowhere in the city you can get macarons made without eggs and dairy. That's a very big deal to a lot of people—maybe not the majority, and certainly not all vegans, according to Anonymous above—but there are a lot of people who will be happy to have access to caramels they can eat once in a while—or even give as a gift.

(I know most people aren't aware vegans can't have most conventional baked goods, and so are effectively locked out of places like Veniero's, for better or worse. I went into Sweet Generation on 1st avenue and asked if they had anything vegan and the woman said, "We're working on it." I'm not holding my breath; there was a store on 4th street, I think in the place Miscelanea now is, and I asked the woman behind the counter if she had any vegan things, and she said, "If I did, I'd be throwing it all away at the end of the day." Well, thanks for your vote of confidence.)

Speaking of small businesses: I hope everyone is shopping at Gizmo on 1st avenue; he does excellent sewing machine repairs and I try to recommend him to anyone who will listen.

Anonymous said...

Why all the meanness to this place?

I for one am all for more good bakeries in the neighborhood. Since going vegan, Veniero's is no longer an option for me…so I am truly looking forward to this one!

Nothing infantile about it. Ever been to Paris or Vienna? Beautiful and delicious pastries everywhere…and not just for children.

I wish them the best of luck.

- East Villager

Susan Pillay said...

Say what you will, I just stopped by the store and one of the owners Maresa treated me to one of her lavender macaroons, and it was absolutely delicious, I would highly recommend the place. Just the right size for a little treat, she seemed to have about 20 varieties. I know I will be back