Marlo Scott Makes Sweet Revenge Mulled Cider with Ashley Bellman on WNBC’s New York Live!

November 4th, 2015

Ashley Bellman Marlo Scott WNBC New York LiveOwner Marlo Scott had a fabulous time teaching Ashley Bellman how we make our mulled apple cider at Sweet Revenge®. Ashley tried the wine and beer pairings with our Pumpkin Trifecta – pumpkin spice Belgian waffles with whipped cream cheese, cinnamon & toasted pumpkin seeds; pumpkin savory cake with parmesan cheese & chipotle spices; and pumpkin spice cheesecake.

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Fall Harvest Pop-Up Dinner Planning: Behind the Scenes in SmallBiz

October 27th, 2015

Fall Harvest Pop Up Dinner at Sweet RevengeOh the dramedy of doing a facebook event for my first ever Fall Harvest Pop-Up dinner at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® in NYC. Yesterday one by one I tried to select all 2378 facebook friends. #insane #notveryefficient #laboroflove. At the 498th person somewhere with a D in their name, Facebook said I’d reached my max so I hit send thinking ‘Cool, I’ll just select the next 498 FB friends and do this like 5 times”. WRONG.

498 is the maximum guests for a facebook event period. In a genius upsell move, facebook suggested I buy an ad to promote my popup dinner. Oyvay! Boy oh boy was this was a serious ooops on my part! In hindsight coulda woulda shoulda I would’ve have invited the NY area group of of Facebook friends so I could have had a better shot at it being a touch more relevant to the audience. Doh!

Oh the lessons we learn in small business. If I would’ve taken a few minutes to read up on facebook events I could’ve avoided this idiotic maneuver. C’est la vie. Instead I’ve been inspired to develop an app that works around this persnickety facebook event guest limit and am looking forward to being bought out for gazillions. https://www.facebook.com/events/728903073921056/

I hope you join me November 16th at 7p for my decadent Fall Harvest feast at Sweet Revenge®. It’s truely going to be magnificent. Remember – it’s one night only so hurry & buy your tickets in advance for just $125! Seating is limited and reservations are required. After November 2, tickets are $140. Get your Early Bird Tickets Now!

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“You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” (Gordon B Hinckley)

cheers,

Marlo Scott

Marlo Scott is Going to Be A Keynote Speaker for the SUCCESS Women’s Conference!

October 13th, 2015

Marlo Scott SUCCESS Women's Conference Biloxi 103115Marlo Scott, Owner of Sweet Revenge®, is thrilled to be speaking on October 31 at the SUCCESS Women’s Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. Presented by Gulf Coast Woman Magazine and Lighthouse Business & Professional Women, the all-day event is honoring 40 finalists and celebrating their achievements. The conference theme is Inspired. Enriched. Mentored.

To learn more about the 40 honorees and details for the event, visit:

Gulf Coast Woman Facebook Page

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SUCCESS Women’s Conference Facebook Event Page

Planning our 1st Ever Fall Harvest Pop-Up Dinner at Sweet Revenge

October 7th, 2015

Marlo Scott, Serena Chow, David Fisher at Sweet RevengeRecently I was approached by Serena Chow, who holds the awww-factor title of being my first ever kitchen intern, about an exciting opportunity to host a Fall Harvest Pop-Up Dinner at Sweet Revenge. I immediately jumped on board that pumpkin laden bandwagon :). I invited Serena and her fellow chef boyfriend David Fisher to discuss their brilliant idea over breakfast at my restaurant & wine bar.

A bit of background on Serena: she and I originally crossed paths at Sweet Revenge nearly 7 years ago when she was one of my lovely patrons when I first opened. Later (in her words) she became my stalker. As a student at NYU back then, she studied for a semester in Italy and had her Eat, Pray, Love experience with gelato and pasta. When she returned, she easily convinced me to take her on as an intern in the kitchen so she could match her enthusiasm with real-world work. She was a star from her earliest days and went from unpaid intern to full-time paid chef over the course of about a year. Her natural talent, intelligence-in-action, and passion turned me into her champion. I encouraged her to attend pastry school. Her parents insisted she graduate from NYU first. As soon as she checked that box, she attended the prestigious French Culinary Institute (now known as the International Culinary Center). She has amassed impressive experience working at Quality Meats, for Angela Pinkerton at the Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, as pastry chef at Pearl & Ash and is currently rocking it with exquisite desserts as the Pastry Chef of Kat & Theo here in NYC.

During my breakfast meeting with Serena & David, I learned about David’s impressive culinary resume (has worked at 3 Michelin starred restaurants! Jean-Georges, Aldea & Aquavit!), graduated from Johnson & Wales and got his start at his family’s restaurant slinging and perfecting grilled cheese at age 13. He is the Chef de Cuisine at Kat & Theo making artfully presented savory dishes. I learned about Serena & David’s success hosting two other pop-up dinners. They proposed to me their most ambitious menu, a 14-course extravaganza with seasonally inspired flavors and ingredients. We hashed out a tentative time-line and big picture to-dos.

A week later they sent a drool-worthy menu, and we met again to discuss. They tantalized me with ingredient details for each of the tasting course, and we determined how each dish would be plated. Serena and I met this past Sunday morning to brainstorm initial marketing for the event (poster, facebook event page, ticket product page on Sweet Revenge Shop.com). Bleary eyed from the prior night’s 1am close from her dinner shift, I coaxed Serena back into the land of the living with 2 redeyes, and we got clear on this week’s tactical to do’s. With the help of her dear and talented friend, Serena mocked up three poster options. We picked one design and sorted out changes today. I put together the Sweet Revenge Facebook events page and ticket page on SweetRevengeShop.com.

Next up: complete the poster’s final edits, print it at Kinko’s and put it up at Sweet Revenge®!

A working brunch is on the horizon, along with more than a few double espressos for Serena & David as we hammer out reaching out to the editorial community, spreading the word on all of our collective social media and doing an e-newsletter.  Stay tuned for the next delicious update as we continue to plan for the first ever Fall Harvest Pop-Up Dinner at my restaurant and wine bar!

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“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino

Cheers to Fall!

Marlo

The Grease Trap, A POS Meltdown, 1 Thief & 2 Cops

September 25th, 2015

Small business is truly a wild ride. At 10:30pm on 9/14 my lovely responsible fabulous bartender Jen called to verify the grease trap cleaner’s visit was legit. Indeed I had set that service call up over a week ago and had to chase A&L (who do great work by the way) for the actual on-premise call. I had spaced telling her. Thankfully she called and confirmed and our grease trap became now shiny and new again….well at least cleared of fatbergs.

At 6:30am the next morning (9/15), my lovely responsible fabulous chef Damaris called to let me know our POS license was down and she couldn’t start it. Grumplestiltskon at that hour, I huffed and puffed about calling the 800 customer service line to fix what I could not at that hour.  At 7:30am I was in touch with our AMAZING rep Vanessa at our POS company who was on the case.

Hours later at 10a Vanessa and a new trainee were at mine fixing and updating and making the world a better place through functional restaurant technology.

At 2:55p that same afternoon, my brand new, fresh out of high school, sweet bartender Alyssa ran into my office, explaining she had just been robbed of all her cash tips! A lousy @$!@# fake patron aka thief asked for an order for our truffled mac n cheese. The minute Alyssa turned her back with the ticket for the kitchen, the woman snatched all her tips out of the tip jar and bolted.

At 4:15 pm, two awesome NYPD showed up and took the report. I showed them the video of the theft in action.

At 7p, my incredibly wonderful friends Cesar & Kristian helped figure out how to download the video file from the security camera and email the evidence to the NYPD.  I then treated my lovely pals to yummy thai food at a little joint around the corner from Sweet Revenge®. We finished off the night with some much needed cupcakes & bubbles back at mine.

Wise words from Grateful Dead’s Truckin: “Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”

cheers,
Marlo

Marlo Scott in Yahoo News: American Business Women’s Day!

September 22nd, 2015

Owner Marlo Scott at Sweet RevengeSweet Revenge Owner Marlo Scott was thrilled to be quoted in Tracy Byrnes story celebrating American Business Women’s Day on Yahoo News. The ABWA was founded on Sept. 22, 1949.  Thirty four years later, congress sanctioned this day as an official holiday in 1983!

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The Grease Trap, A POS Meltdown, 1 Thief & 2 Cops

September 15th, 2015

At 10:30pm last night (9/14) my lovely responsible fabulous bartender Jen called to verify the grease trap cleaner’s visit was legit. Indeed I had set that service call up over a week ago and had to chase A&L (who do great work by the way) for the actual on-premise call. I had spaced telling her. Thankfully she called and confirmed and our grease trap is now shiny and new….well cleared of fatbergs more like it.

At 6:30am this morning (9/15), my lovely responsible fabulous chef Damaris called to let me know our POS license was down and she couldn’t start it. Grumplestiltskon at that hour, I huffed and puffed about calling the 800 customer service line to fix what I could not at that hour.  At 7:30am I was in touch with our AMAZING rep Vanessa at our POS company who was on the case.

At 10a Vanessa and a new trainee were at mine fixing and updating and making the world a better place through functional restaurant technology.

At 2:55p today, my brand new, fresh out of high school, sweet bartender Alyssa ran into my office, explaining she had just been robbed of all her cash tips! A lousy @$!@# fake patron aka thief asked for an order for our truffled mac n cheese. The minute Alyssa turned her back with the ticket for the kitchen, the woman snatched all her tips out of the tip jar and bolted.

At 4:15 pm, two awesome NYPD showed up and took the report. I showed them the video of the theft in action.

Now at 7p, my incredibly wonderful friends Cesar & Kristian have just helped figure out how to download the video file from the security camera and email the evidence to the NYPD.

I’m now signing off to treat my lovely pals to yummy thai food at a little joint around the corner from Sweet Revenge®. We will then of course top it off with some much needed cupcakes & bubbles.

Wise words from Grateful Dead’s Truckin: “Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”

cheers,
Marlo

Marlo Scott in Butler University’s “Crossroads of You” Magazine

September 15th, 2015

Check out Marlo Scott’s interview in Butler University’s publication “Crossroads of You“! She explains how her undergraduate alma mater helped prepare her for a career in business, armed her with communication skillsMarlo Scott Butler University Alumni Story Summer 2015, and taught her to harness the power of resources.  What an honor to have the support of her DAWGS!

Read the story in Butler’s “Crossroads of You” online edition (arrow forward to page 18)

BUTLER Viewbook Summer 2015 Marlo Scott

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

Marlo Scott’s Tips on IBM’s Salary.com

August 25th, 2015

Salary negotiating expert & author Jim Hopkinson leverages owner Marlo Scott’s business tips in an an article on unconventional salary negotiation tactics on IBM’s Salary.com.

Read the article “5 Unconventional Tips for Negotiating Your Salary” on Salary.com