Getting to Yes…and Happiness

March 7th, 2017

Marlo Scott at Sweet Revenge windowbayAs a restaurant owner in NYC, every day presents new opportunities and challenges. The highs are amazing, and the lows are epic. I’m sure my fellow entrepreneurs, irrespective of industry and business model, will agree. I face situations, both strategic and at the nuts and bolts levels (I feel ya Carl Spackler aka Bill Murray in Caddyshack), that challenge me to deliver the absolute right response. Knowing how to handle tricky, sometimes soul-crushing, push-your-button situations  (which thankfully are the exception at Sweet Revenge®), takes grace, finesse, business savvy, maturity and a serious inner peace in the face of illogical and unreasonable conditions. While Sweet Revenge® is blessed with 98% amazing, grateful, kind, fun-loving and generous patrons, the other 2% bring the helterskelter. I like to think I am operating in the zen zone 96% of the time, so a solid A level job with a few percents off for occasional slippage :).

The restaurant scene in NYC is passionate, phenomenal, merciless, innovative, unforgiving, trendy, unique, and vicious. Social media and online  and app-based review platforms are a small business owner’s best friends and arch nemeses. I work hard to make peace with this beast. I love the feel good postings and the kindness of patrons looking out for my small business. I glean learnings and practice personal and professional growth from the not very nice ones.

The world is a better place when decency prevails and people treat each other with courtesy and mutual respect. If we are patient and understanding with one other and share a smile, we can make life a little kinder for everyone we cross paths with. Unfortunately one cannot reason with an unreasonable person. While I can’t force someone to enjoy their time at my restaurant & wine bar, my staff and I can candycrush them with kindness. By doing so, it makes our lives more peaceful and pleasant.

I ask my staff to do their best. This is the standard I expect of myself. I accept there are times that this is not good enough for a patron in a given situation, but I sleep easier knowing we are trying to do the right thing, get to yes for the guests, and ensure everyone’s happiness and sanity along the way. By hustling sweets and cocktails for a living with a little salt, carbs, grease and caffeine thrown into the mix, Sweet Revenge® radiates good cheer, positive energy and deliciousness every day for the universe from its patch of earth at 62 Carmine street in NYC.

It doesn’t cost more to take the high road. Food for thought: “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, physicist and inventor

cheers to more bending and less breaking,


Marlo Scott & Sweet Revenge on CBS This Morning Show!

February 10th, 2017
Marlo Scott with Chris Wragge of CBS This Morning at Sweet Revenge

Marlo Scott with Chris Wragge of CBS This Morning at Sweet Revenge

It was an honor to be included in CBS This Morning‘s valentine’s segment! Our good friends Allyson & Sarah from SugarTooth Tours included us in their Valentine’s lineup. Anchor Chris Wragge joined owner Marlo Scott at Sweet Revenge® on Tuesday to learn the art of pairing desserts and drinks for Valentine’s Day. He tried our Amor Cupcake (Mexican vanilla cake, chocolate ganache & strawberry center, strawberry cream cheese frosting, topped with a chocolate drizzled strawberry) paired with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Prosecco and the Bubbles cupcake (Mexican vanilla cake, moscato mascarpone filling, cream cheese frosting, cinnamon sugar dusting) with a proscato & Fruli beer.

Every day should be love-filled and delicious. That’s what we do at Sweet Revenge. Join us on Valentine’s Day, or any day, for love, cupcakes & cocktails!

Happy National Desserts Day Indeed! Marlo Scott’s Desserts & Drinks Interview with Bottlenotes

October 14th, 2016

It’s an official holiday so mark the calendar. October 14th is National Dessert Day!

Get the inside scoop on how desserts and drinks pair and check out the beautiful photo of the Sweet Revenge® Crimson & Cream cupcake with a raspberry bellini and Belhaven beer. Sweet Revenge Owner Marlo Scott shares her expertise on pairing sweets and beverages in her interview with Editor-in-Chief Tracy Byrnes of The Sip on Bottlenotes.

Read The Article on Bottlenotes

Sweet Revenge is Beloved Across the Pond: In The Times UK!

October 3rd, 2016

Sweet Revenge® cupcakes and cocktails are globally loved by patrons and the editorial community. We are delighted we made The Times UK “Taste of New York” interactive map in their City Insider Guide. Their highly selective process means we are keeping very good company with prestigious restaurateurs in NYC. This is sweet news indeed! Big thanks for the excellent writeup goes to Mel Rose, the brilliant owner behind foodie & fashion site Food and the City.

Check out Sweet Revenge on The Times UK digital interactive map:


Sweet Revenge® Wine Slushies in Metro New York!

June 13th, 2016

Sweet Revenge Wine SlushiesWe are honored our Sweet Revenge® wine slushies aka vino granitas have made the attention of Metro New York! On these fiery hot summer days and nights in NYC, cool down with our fruity, icy cold, wine-based cocktails. Splish splash in a glass!

Read the Article “Wine Cocktails Are Cool For the Summer” in Metro New York. Check out our Raspberry Wine Slushy & Dirty Cupcake photo!

Sweet Revenge in New York Magazine!

June 2nd, 2016

Part of the charm of being in the west village in new york city is our charming patrons. We are thrilled Sweet Revenge® and our cupcake, wine & beer pairings are included in NY Magazine’s “West Village Story”, a day in the life of fashion blogger Krystal Blik (This Time Tomorrow). New York Magazine’s story showcases Krystal’s “favorite charming hidden gems” in the neighborhood that Sweet Revenge® calls home.

Read about Sweet Revenge in New York Magazine’s “West Village Story”

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Krystal Blik during photo shoot for NY Magazine at Sweet Revenge with The Tart cupcake

Sweet Revenge is Top 10 Spot in NYC for Boozy Desserts in The Culture Trip!

May 4th, 2016

We are thrilled to be in the Top 10 spots in NYC for boozy desserts according to The Culture Trip! We agree with their excellent taste – our wine & beer pairings for our cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies & more are the perfect combination of booze & sugar!

Read the story


Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride with Brian Sweany

May 4th, 2016
Marlo Scott Brian Sweany Buy the Ticket Take the RIde

Marlo Scott with hometown friend & Author Brian Sweany

Staying connected to my roots is important to me. Although I don’t get home often or as much as I’d like, I marvel at the lifelong friendships I have thanks to growing up in Columbus, Indiana. I recently had the awesome fortune to host my friend Brian Sweany‘s book signing for Buy the Ticket Take the Ride at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge in NYC. Brian’s third book is based on his life growing up in our small town in southern Indiana and his personal journey. You gotta read it. This guy is going places. He will be on the best seller list and have his own hollywood movie. I think actor Jeremy Renner deserves a crack at playing the lead character, what do you think? 🙂

Life was simpler way back when. Big hair, 80s tunes, it was all so very friday night lights in my small home town. My nostalgia gets the best of me whenever I reminisce about how easy life was as a kid. You just don’t know then how good you’ve got it until it fades away to precious memories. When I visit home, it seems quiet and peaceful and simple and good compared to the hustlebustle insanity and chaos of NYC.  They say you can always go back home. But can you really? Would the sameness be the thing that reminds you why you left and why you are where you are?

Brian Sweany Buy the ticket Take the Ride book signingAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the good values, work ethic, family first (vs work) way of living instilled in me from growing up in southern Indiana decades ago. I crave the normalness of it all and what I perceive to be its simplicity. I hope one day in the not too distant future to create that reality for me and G. I’ve got a journey and a transformation ahead with good ole sweet revenge and am deep in a new chapter as an entrepreneur.

I’m really proud of Brian and impressed by all that he has accomplished. Not only is he inspiring, he’s honestly just a good salt-of-the-earth person, an amazing husband and devoted dad. He’s funny as hell, a clever writer and mega talented. Please buy Brian’s book Buy the Ticket Take the Ride and support my fellow dreamer and doer.

cheers to good friends, good times, good memories & big hair,


New! “Insanewich” Lunch Special & New Years Resolutions!

January 11th, 2016
Sweet Revenge pastrami swiss and chipotli aioli sandwich

Sweet Revenge pastrami swiss and chipotli aioli sandwich

What I love about the start of a new year are all the new beginnings I embrace. It’s exciting to know change is happening. Change is good. Change is for the best. I am optimistic about the many behind-the-scenes projects I’ve been working on at Sweet Revenge, my restaurant & wine bar in NYC. I’ve been nurturing some for more than 6 months; others are lightbulb “aha” ideas conceived last month.

One project will deliver transformational change for my small business, and I am on pins and needles to hurry and up get there :). I know there’s no speeding up time, but I truly am thrilled about what’s in the strategic hopper in 2016. Here’s a hint: cupcake inspired gelato!

Today we made a seemingly small change that I know will have a big impact. We debuted our “Insanewich” Lunch Special. For $9.95, we’re serving up delectable sandwiches on house-made, fresh-baked artisan breads, plus a pickle & chips & a FREE CUPCAKE. Hows that for a crazy fun way to kick off 2016?!?!! When my mom came to visit at Christmas, my hubby G and I were brainstorming about 2016 plans. We were digging up old ideas looking for new gems and shared this sandwich one with her. We are happy today to raise a glass to celebrate to this delicious, “sinwich” special.

In the next week or two we are embracing technology that has been on the market for years: online ordering for pickup and delivery. I am so tardy to this party it’s embarrassing. However, that’s life as an entrepreneur. You juggle many balls, hoping to keep them all up in the air. The reality is you drop a few or you miss out on juggling ones you should because you’re probably juggling rings of fire or swords. “Better late than never to the party bus” I say! 🙂 I’ll blog soon about the apps you can order from while workin’ away at the office or chillin’ out in your pjs from your couch.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of 365 page of book. So write a good one.” (Brad Paisley)

cheers to new beginnings, embracing change, all good things and a delicous 2016!


So You Want to Open a Cafe…Perfect Timing for My 12/5 “How to Open a Bakery / Cafe” Class!

December 3rd, 2015

Marlo Scott at Sweet Revenge windowbayIt’s hard to believe we are in December already! With the end of the year rolling near, it means the new year is on the horizon and on my brain. I’m excited to make serious progress on a major initiative (otherwise known as a big ole dream aka goal) I’ve been working on for the last 6 months. This year sets the stage for next year’s act and fabulous transformation. Many of my friends have shared with me how this year has been one of prep, planning and taking the plunge for major life changes.

If you’ve got a big dream of opening up a cafe, bakery, food based business or restaurant, take my “How to Open a Cafe/Bakery” class this Saturday December 5th at Sweet Revenge 8a-10. I share concrete, actionable steps about the milestones necessary in bringing your beautiful concept to life. I share tips and tricks, and I never sugarcoat the process. I’m a firm believer that candid and frank conversation is invaluable to learning and making decisions. I have always appreciated it myself and so that’s my philosophy in what I share about the path of opening and running your own small business. The journey of transitioning to being an entrepreneur is exciting, a roller coaster and challenges every level and dimension of your skill sets, including forcing you to develop, or outsource, missing ones :).

REGISTER NOW for this Saturday’s class! 

End 2015 on a high note, feeling great that you are making progress in going after your big dream. Take my class on Saturday. Set yourself up for a year of amazing transformation in 2016!

cheers to living the dream,