Meet Our Neighbors
VANTRANG MANGES | FOUNDER, GREEN MUSTACHE
The story of Green Mustache began as a story shared by millions of moms—one about a child and her very particular eating habits (including her strong aversion to greens). But what we found is that this story stretches far beyond the narrative of the picky eater, and simply became the story of every person trying to find convenient and tasty ways to be healthy.At Green Mustache, we’re channeling our passion for delicious and healthy foods into creating super-snacks that are super-tasty, approachable and fun for all. Nutrient-dense, leafy greens are the base of every awesome thing we make. Inspired by a classic childhood snack, Mustache Munchies, are baked "cheese" crackers but updated to appeal to a broader demographic as they are also organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and made with clean, healthy ingredients. In keeping with our belief that healthy foods can be delicious and fun, these crunchy snack crackers are also in a whimsical handlebar mustache shape—it’ll be hard not to play with your food!But we’re not done yet—we’ll keep creating new products to help everyone find a fairy tale ending to their healthy living story. We’ve got you covered. Greens for all, big and small! (TM)
Trinity Mouzon Wofford | Co-Founder & CEO, Golde
At the heart of it, we believe that being well should feel good. That means products that look good, taste good, and help you feel like your best self.
I co-founded Golde with my partner Issey Kobori in 2017 with the mission of bringing good vibes to the wellness industry. We're an independent, Brooklyn-born brand centered in making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty. Our products are always natural, easy, and (most importantly) fun.
Thanks for joining us on this journey. If you've got questions or feedback (or just want to say hi!), please don't hesitate to reach out.
LOTTA ANDONIAN | FOUNDER, EAT CHIC CHOCOLATES
Eat Chic Chocolates is a woman-owned, Brooklyn-based confection brand that handcrafts chocolates filled with our own freshly ground organic nut butters. Our vegan, gluten-free, palm oil-free, soy-free chocolates come in dozens of flavors, from our signature dark chocolate peanut butter cups with sea salt to our innovative matcha cashew butter cups, and cater to numerous dietary restrictions while delivering exquisite taste. We launched in the fall of 2016, and currently our chocolates are sold at over 100 independent stores and cafes, and on our online site.
Eat Chic Chocolates has its roots in London, where founder Lotta Andonian started selling peanut butter cups as a side project to her job in fashion marketing under the brand Eat Chic while living abroad in 2014. Orders quickly grew from 100 at a time to 1000 at a time, and after many sleepless nights juggling both jobs, Andonian quit fashion marketing to make chocolates as her full-time career in 2015. Within months, the chocolates were stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious food halls, including Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason; won two Great Taste Awards; and were featured in publications such as Vogue.co.uk, Stylist, The Evening Standard, Grazia, BBC Good Food, and many more.
Homesick, Andonian moved back to the U.S. in the summer of 2016 to relaunch the business as Eat Chic Chocolates out of Brooklyn Food Works in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
EMMA ROS | FOUNDER, RAW BLISS BALLS
We love feeling healthy and even more we love to snack! It’s why we’ve created a range of delicious bliss balls that are packed with wholesome raw ingredients and never any hidden nasties like artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Even better, these hand-rolled bliss balls are the perfect snack for everybody, being gluten and dairy free, vegan and paleo friendly and we promise you’ll never find any added sugar. Ever!
Tina Diep | Founder, Hungry Bird Eats
Hungry Bird Eats is a company on a mission to produce high-quality, delicious, healthy snack foods for kids and adults. Founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by Tina Diep, a Danish architect, designer and food blogger, Hungry Bird Eats takes inspiration from Scandinavian recipes and a philosophy of using only real ingredients.
Tina began her quest for creating a better snack after learning that her 1-year old son Ike was allergic to nuts and soy. Finding that most snack foods on the market were heavily processed and contained these allergens, she pushed to make her own. Inspired by the traditional Knækbrød (rye crispbread) of her native Denmark, she created an on-the-go snack variation and began sharing her creations with neighbors and friends. The result was the launch of her first Nordic Crisp product, Rye + Sea Salt, an addictive slow-carb baked snack made of organic rye flour, lightly touched with olive oil, and filled with superfood ingredients such as organic chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Soon after, Hungry Bird Eats was launched commercially on the retail and wholesale market, followed by the addition of a second hand-made Nordic Crisp product, Multi-Seeds + Oregano, made entirely with gluten-free ingredients.
Mai Warshafsky | Founder, Café Warshafsky
The Warshafsky in Café Warshafsky
Café Warshafsky is a woman owned business and a wonderful team of bakers. Established in New York, NY in 2014 and recently relocated to Richmond, VA in 2020! Cafe Warshafsky is very much of a mom and pop operation--small and independent grinding it out in the vibrant food community of RVA. We’re excited to share Café Warshafsky with you and hope you keep spreading the buttery love amongst friends and family.
LAURA SHAFFERMAN | FOUNDER, LEGALLY ADDICTIVE
After spending over a decade in NYC real estate marketing, Legally Addictive founder Laura Shafferman was suddenly laid off and bound by a non-compete clause that prohibited her from working with other firms. (Yes, you can get laid off and also held to such things!) Laura had lost her usual means to earn a living for a full year and was determined to take control over her future and not wait for that non-compete clause to expire. Fatefully, after making a batch of her favorite childhood cookies for a party, a friend suggested she come sell her amazing “cracker cookies” at a holiday market. After selling out in only a few hours, she knew they were a hit and a new business was born! She spent the next year learning the food business at night and during the day, worked as an in-house caterer. Eleven months later, a few stores in New York City agreed to carry Legally Addictive, including the flagship location of Dylan’s Candy Bar. At the time, Laura was making the cookies in the off-hours of a bakery in Brooklyn, often until well past midnight, and then delivering them around town on the subway and on foot.
Cyrilla Suwarsa | Co-Founder, Nuts Plus Nuts
Nuts+Nuts is a woman-owned company started by my sister, Cecielia, and I. We grew up in Indonesia where we enjoyed snacking on some of the world's best cashews. Inspired by our grandma's recipes which always won raves from everyone who tried them, we decided to launch a business that combined these wonderful native cashews with the same local ingredients and roasting methods that grandma used to make her nuts so yummy and addictive.
What makes Nuts + Nuts special is the care we put in selecting the nuts and staying true to our grandma's recipes. We source our cashews directly from small farms in Indonesia without middlemen or brokers and then roast them in small batches for a satisfying crunch. All our ingredients are fresh, all natural, and without preservatives. Since cashews cannot grow in North America, my sister and I personally travel to build relationships with cashew farmers and artisans around Indonesia. Currently we work with several small farms in Central Java and Bali. We also work with local artisans to produce handmade gift boxes to present our cashews as unique gifts reflecting the culture of where the cashews grow.
NEELEY KOLSCH | FOUNDER, STAY WELL-KEPT
It all started back in 2009, when Neeley Kolsch, a former disaster recovery professional, set out to find a solution to the ongoing smudges on her laptop and cell phone. In a field of work that required being on call 24 hours a day, her technology rarely left her side. Transitioning from heels at a networking luncheon, to steel toe boots in a disaster-stricken community, Neeley knew firsthand how messy life could get on the go. Continually disgusted with smudges on her laptop screen and facial blemishes caused from a dirty phone, Neeley began her search for a sensible product to remove the grime. After some research, she realized there was a void in the market for a personal electronic device cleaner that embodied the charm she had in mind. Fast forward to January 2011, and Well-Kept was officially founded in Atlanta, GA. After years of buying hundreds of wipes, searching for manufacturers, and even attending wipe conferences, (who knew?), Well-Kept changed the way we handle our technology forever. The first collection launched on Black Friday of November 2011, and the rest is wipe history!
KATHERINE SPRUNG | FOUNDER, SQUISH MARSHMALLOWS
I started Squish Marshmallows completely by accident (as many fun ideas start). As a former DJ, tech startup-er, and current voice over artist, I never really saw "marshmallow maker" in my future. But, I've always had a passion for cooking, baking, an even more serious passion for sweets (call up Guinness, I'm pretty sure I hold the record for the "World's Biggest Sweet Tooth"), and an entrepreneurial spirit (my first venture was at 8 years old, selling handmade, beaded jewelry at a local gift store. And yeah, this kid actually sold pieces!).
As soon as I started making marshmallows, I was hooked. They were fun for me to make, and it was exciting to come up with new and unique flavors and textures that people usually don't equate with the marshmallow.
The most important thing to me, is to make a quality product that people enjoy. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to bring a smile to someone's face with something that you've put your heart and love into.
Ashley Rouse | Founder, Trade Street Jam Co.
Trade St. Jam Co. is a chef, woman and minority-owned and certified business that started in a tiny apartment in North Carolina on Trade Street. Our passion for all things food grew into something more: a company built on the foundation of culinary innovation. We strive to share our 10+ years of culinary knowledge in the form of a small batch jar that can be used in cocktails, salad dressings, BBQ sauces, marinades, pan sauces & more. Cooking should be fun and reflective of the person at hand, but what it shouldn't be, is complicated.
ULRIKA PETTERSSON | FOUNDER, UNNA BAKERY
My sweet grandmother Rut and her love of baking inspired me to start Unna Bakery. I have fond memories of baking cookies with Rut and riding on the back of her bike to share them with friends who lived by the lake in Östersund, in northwestern Sweden where I grew up. Today I use these same recipes to bake with my two daughters, Emmy and Vera. Baking makes me feel at home, wherever I am.
Unna has seven gourmet cookie flavors, which is significant for us Swedes. In the mid-18th century, women gathered at kaffereps, to enjoy cookies, coffee and company. The homemade cookies were the centerpiece of a beautifully set table, with crocheted tablecloth, fresh flowers, and nice porcelain. For a hostess to serve less than seven cookies was considered stingy, and anything more was viewed as boastful. Seven was just right.
Some say the kafferep helped launch the Swedish women’s rights movement of the early 1900’s. It was also the precursor to the fika, a coffee break that thrives in Swedish homes, offices and cafés. According to custom, you should have coffee or tea, and a cookie, at least once a day. For many, like those in my family, it’s twice daily - at 11am and 3pm.
JEN, TERESA, & JEFF | FOUNDERS, PIPSNACKS
Pipcorn was born in 2012, when Jeff Martin was helping his sister, Jen move apartments. With everything packed up except a bag of tiny heirloom popcorn kernels that Jen found in the Chicago health food store where she worked, they popped batch after batch of the most delicious popcorn they’d ever had! They liked this one so much, they tracked down the Indiana farmer who grew it from his family’s heirloom seed stock. Together with Jeff’s wife, Teresa, they created a new company, Pipsnacks™.
From Smorgasborg to Oprah's Favorite Things, to Shark Tank, Jen, Jeff, and Teresa are on a mission to recreate the snacks they love. Which is fitting that they've recently expanded their product offerings to include Heirloom Cheese Balls, Heirloom Corn Dippers, and upcycled snack crackers.
JAMIE MELZER | FOUNDER, WATERMELON ROAD
Like most of my generation, I grew up on a diet of processed ingredients and convenience foods. But when my friends and family were diagnosed with “rare” autoimmune diseases in our twenties, I knew that something had to change. Five years ago I discovered that avoiding processed foods had a dramatic impact on my husband’s ankylosing spondylitis symptoms. We radically changed our family’s diet, removing processed foods and replacing them with clean, whole, and recognizable ingredients. Clean eating only became a greater focus when I became a mom. I wanted to ensure that the snacks I was giving my family were wholesome and nutritious but also fun to eat.Spending time in the garden during the summer months, I found it easy to incorporate fruit and vegetables into our meals, but I knew there was a way for my family to enjoy clean eating year round and on the go.Watermelon Road was born out of love of wholesome food, fresh flavors, and providing family and friends with better snack options that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Each small batch is prepared by hand, from our family to yours.Snack happy, snack healthy!
LAUREN & ALI | FOUNDERS, FATTY SUNDAYS
It all started with 3 sisters, 2 amazing parents, and 1 shared love for Sundays. Growing up, Sundays were a family day for us to kick back, relax and indulge. Lucky for us, our mom, Karen, was a seriously good baker (and still is to this day!) Rainbow sprinkle chocolate covered pretzels were her thing, along with her famous brownies! She was the queen of making drool-worthy treats and putting together the ultimate gift packages for any occasion, big or small!
In 2010, we had that *aha* moment when we decided it was time to share our most-favorite sweet + salty treats with the world. We set out to give our Mom’s famous rainbow sprinkle pretzels a refresh and create a line of gourmet pretzels in never-been-done-before-flavors. We were reinventing and modernizing chocolate covered pretzels as the world knew them!
Fast forward to 2012 and Fatty Sundays was officially born!