Having Fun With Arts & Crafts: Sweet Revenge® Style!

August 26th, 2015
Marlo Making Sweet Revenge Candles

Making Sweet Revenge Candles

Sweet Revenge Pure cupcake & candle

Sweet Revenge Pure cupcake & candle

As a small business owner, I often find myself tasked with things I have to do, which aren’t necessarily the things I want to do. Entering invoices into Quickbooks quickly comes to mind as does the staff schedule :). Recently however, thanks to my amazing team who is making my life easier and better than ever, I’ve been freed up, allowing me time to do the stuff that brings me endless joy.

marlo & Sweet Revenge perfume roll-ons

Making Sweet Revenge perfume roll-ons

The past couple of days I’ve been having an absolute ball making cupcake scented Sweet Revenge® candles.  I made a couple dozen each of the Pure (Mexican Vanilla) and Fleur De Sel (Salted Caramel). Staff and patrons agree they smell so yummy they wish they could eat them! Thankfully the cupcakes in the pastry case serve as a very opportunistic cross-sell. Over the past year, with a hyper focus in the last couple of months, I’ve made time on my downtime to enjoy researching & procuring fabulous new fragrance oils, learning about fixatives, investigating packaging, reviewing presentation options and measuring and re-measuring my Sweet Revenge for Her Eau de Parfum bottles.

Sweet Revenge Salted Caramel Incense Under Wraps

Sweet Revenge Salted Caramel Incense “Under Wraps”

Learning revvvvvvs me up! To educate myself, my go-to sources are youtube for instructional how-to videos. I also check my suppliers’ websites for interesting blogs, videos and new products.  I find a lot of inspiration from all of these passionate, expert, and crafty entrepreneurs! My brain jumps into fast forward about all the fantastical Sweet Revenge® home goods, bath & body, jewelry, fashion and cosmetic products I could be making if only I could just do “arts and crafts” for my living. I get a good giggle by joking around about preferring the Sweet Revenge® consumer products business to my restaurant & wine bar. I get caught up in the simplicity, scentsorial components, and the complete independence from staff when I’m making these from scratch. It’s therapeutic and escapist.

I’m excited to tell you I’m working on internationally-inspired home fragrances, a new perfume or two, tinted lip balms & shimmery lip gloss inspired by our bellinis & bubbles and salt & sugar scrubs made with beautiful imported natural ingredients.

I will be updating the online Sweet Revenge Shop soon!

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Cheers to bliss at work and in life!

cheers,

Marlo Scott

Happy 7th Birthday Sweet Revenge®!

July 11th, 2015

Marlo Scott Sweet Revenge 7th birthdayToday July 11, 2015 marks my 7th anniversary in business. WOW.  Time has zipped by as I’ve been hustling sugar, booze, salt, carbs, caffeine & indulgence. I feel blessed to celebrate this milestone birthday for my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® in NYC and I owe huge gratitude to my kind patrons, loving family & friends & all those who I’ve never met but feel connected to who support my small business via social media.

I’ve seen many small business neighbors come and go in these charming but sleepy blocks of the west village in Manhattan. Lovely regulars who lived nearby move on to new cities, adventures and into different phases in life with blossoming families and bigger apartments (or even houses in other states!) :). Many things have changed. Some good, some for the worse, some just different. Life in small business is like that – an ocean of waves. Although you’re master and commander over the ship, sometimes you’re got wind at your sails, other times you face the perfect storm and there are stretches where you’re adrift.

This past year I went through tumultuous learning experiences personally and professionally. Life was not going as I’d planned, hoped or dreamed. The harder I tried to be in control and make things/people aka life go my way, the worse everything got. My problems got so big that I finally realized I wasn’t the one in charge and had no ability to control anything or anyone. The universe clearly had other plans for me, so I got on board and made peace with life as it unfolded. I could have chosen to stay the course — trying to boil the ocean; but I knew that was a doomed path to a no bueno destination.  I got calm and found acceptance with the challenges at my business and in my home. I accepted I didn’t have to understand the whys. I knew resolutely I’d survive all the volatility and be in a better place.

I am very grateful to report on this big ole 7th birthday that life is happy and healthy on all fronts. I’ve got my groove back.  Positive momentum is palpable, and positivity is contagious. I have added some positive can-do folks into my life. Recently I have enjoyed special opportunities to cross paths and connect with truly inspiring individuals. Inspiration is a rush.

A birthday is not a birthday unless there’s cake & vino! I’m debuting a new cupcake today, Bubbles, to celebrate. Bubbles is a Mexican vanilla cake with moscato marscapone filling, cream cheese frosting and cinnamon sugar dusting. This fabulous cupcake is paired with Weihenstephaner hefeweiss and Lunetta Prosecco.

Thank you for celebrating with me through the years. I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass today!

cheers,

Marlo

 

Marlo Scott is a Panelist at Women Motivating Women Power Panel on June 10, 2015

May 28th, 2015

It’s an honor to be a part of Career 2.0 and Economic Ventures upcoming Women Motivating Women Power Panel on June 10th.  I’m excited to discuss life in small business and provide tips, insight and inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.  The moderator is Susan Naci, Partner at 32 Laight Street Partners, and my esteemed fellow panelists are:
Barbara Werner, Owner, Musical Pairing Inc.
Mary Molina, Founder, Lola Granola 
Deborah Hernan, Founder and CEO, Ottilie and Lulu
Sumeera Rasul, Founder, Madesmith

Ticket sales support entrepreneurship camp for under-privileged youth. Do good, be inspired and join me on the 10th here in NYC! Buy your tickets now for a fantastic night! GET TICKETS

Women Motivating Women Power Panel Event Details:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Impact Hub New York
394 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
Walt Disney

cheers,

Marlo

Marlo Scott’s Interview with Career 2.0

May 19th, 2015

Check out Marlo Scott’s interview with Lisa O’Donoghue Lindy on Career 2.0. She discusses the timeline of events and milestones during her transition from corporate to cupcake.  Marlo share pointers on starting a small business and insight into life as an entrepreneur.  Her restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® is a zany roller coaster ride filled with learnings.  Always though the sweetest revenge IS being happy!

Read the interview

Marlo Scott is in the Wall Street Journal!

April 29th, 2015

What a thrill and an honor it is for Marlo Scott to be interviewed by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for a feature in their lifestyle section. In the interview, she shares the scoop on the art of pairing desserts with wine and beer.  Her pairings expertise has been learned the hard way … one bite and a sip at a time at her restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge®.

Read the story in the WSJ

Essentially Tara, Breakups & Chocolate

April 16th, 2015

Sweet Revenge Dirty Cupcake with Sweet Smaak PinotageI marvel at my blessings! My lovely patron Tara Lipinski recently visited us and shared a sweet story about how we were her go-to spot after a sad breakup. Nothing heals better than chocolate, especially our Dirty cupcake (dark chocolate truffle, Valrhona chocolate cake) & a glass of Sweet Smaak Pinotage.

Tara is a smart, savvy, lovely person who is insanely accomplished as one of the world’s greatest Olympic figure skaters, kind, humble, unassuming and so very thoughtful. She is every bit as adorable in real life as you see on tv! Her bubbly spirit, positive energy and natural beauty light up a room.  She was a joy to work with while doing her photo shoot at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® in NYC.  It was a seriously fun day with her in the house, and I had a fantastic time.

I take great pride in knowing several patrons who have had their first date at mine and wound up having my cupcakes or wedding cakes at their weddings. On the other end of the spectrum, Black Book Magazine and Daily Candy picked Sweet Revenge as a fave spot for breakups, bitching about breakups and also first dates! I have consoled many a patron over a beer at the bar about the end of their relationship and also brainstormed engagements taking place at mine.  I am sure that Tara  will have happy times over cupcakes & wine, helping fade into the past lingering memories about her breakup.

It makes me endlessly happy that my desserts, vino, chocolate, good tunes, kind folks and great energy at Sweet Revenge make the world a kinder place for my amazing patrons, whether they are having rough or great days. I am very grateful to Tara for sharing her story about Sweet Revenge® on her fabulous blog Essentially Tara she recently launched.

Get to know Tara on Essentially Tara and check out her story about us!

Read Tara’s “My Sweet Tooth: Sweet Revenge

cheers to sweet tooths,

Marlo

 

Dream of Opening Your Own Cafe or Bakery?

April 1st, 2015

As a small business owner of a restaurant & wine bar, I have been commended by patrons through the years for “going for it”, “taking such a big risk”, and “living the dream”. I appreciate their compliments and their support for my transition from corporate to restaurateur.

Many folks have asked how I pulled it all off.  Last year, I was approached by the Idiot’s Guide to write their book on opening and running a restaurant. Although I passed on that opportunity, I have been sharing the concrete steps on going from idea in the noggin’ to brick & mortar on the block in my classes that I’ve been teaching at Sweet Revenge® for the past two years. This Saturday, I am offering my class on How to Open a Successful Cafe / Bakery and I hope to see my fellow dreamers and doers bright and early at Sweet Revenge® at 8a.

If you want to escape your corporate job to bring your cafe, bar, bakery, coffee shop, cupcake store, or restaurant to life, sign up now for this Saturday’s class!

For details on what is covered in my workshop this Saturday at 8a: HOW TO OPEN A SUCCESSFUL CAFE / BAKERY CLASS

The class will be held:
8am-10am, Saturday April 4, 2015
Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street (between Bedford & 7th Ave in the west village)
NYC NY 10014

To register & pay the course fee of $199 (includes breakfast pastries & coffee) via paypal: PAY NOW

Cheers to betting on yourself and livin’ the dream!

Marlo

Black & Tan Cupcakes for St Patricks!

March 12th, 2015

SSweet Revenge Young's Double Chocolate Stout & Black & Tan Cupcakepring has sprung, and we are feelin’ the luck -o-the-Irish at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge®! We are so excited about putting winter behind us, we debuted our Black & Tan cupcake today, 5 days before St Patty’s. Our Black & Tan cupcake is made with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout cake, Chocovine Cream Cheese frosting and lightly dusted with cocoa powder. It comes as no surprise dear patrons that this St. Patrick’s day inspired dessert is paired with Young’s Double Chocolate stout and Chocovine.

May the leprechaun bring the springtime pot-o-gold to all!

cheers,

Marlo

Sweet Revenge in Business Insider for City’s Best Bakeries List!

March 11th, 2015

Sweet Revenge made Business Insider‘s 18 best bakeries in New York City. We cherish this sweet news and are delighted to be in such estimable company as Maman, Chikalicious, and Spot to name just a few of the delectable purveyors of pastries in NYC.  Although we are not a bakery, we take pride in pairing our delicious baked goods and desserts with wine and beer at our restaurant & wine bar.

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Marlo Scott on NTN 24

February 28th, 2015

Marlo Scott, Owner- Sweet Revenge & Julio Cesar Garcia Torrres - Chief Correspondent on NTN 24Owner Marlo Scott spoke with Chief Correspondent Julio Cesar Garcia Torres on the Lideres show on cable network NTN 24. They discussed Sweet Revenge, the challenges that small business owners face and of course cupcakes with wine and beer pairings!

Watch the tv clip in English:

Watch the full tv segment in Spanish: