July 11th, 2015
Today 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!
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
New York, NY 10013
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
― Walt Disney
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
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
April 16th, 2015
I 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,
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
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!
March 12th, 2015
Spring 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!
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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February 28th, 2015
Owner 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:
February 12th, 2015
The Sweet Revenge® Crimson & Cream cupcake is the #1 red velvet cake in NYC on The Culture Trip! We are in an estimable list of 5 places in town. To say the least, this topic is highly charged, and the competition is fierce. We thank writer Clareese Hill for putting us in the ring of highly qualified contenders. We’re feeling red devilly good that we came out on top.
We bake raspberries into our red velvet cake. We of course use cream cheese frosting. We dust our cream cheese with cinnamon & drizzle on raspberry coulis in zigzags. Our Crimson & Cream cupcake is paired with a raspberry bellini to pop the fruit. We also pair it with Belhaven, a creamy spicy sweet amber ale from Scotland, which goes crazy great with our cream cheese frosting.
If you’re feeling a little red devil-ish, we’ve got a spot at the bar just for you!
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