A trio of Boston-area businesses are joining forces for a new venture in Jamaica Plain this spring — baking company Lavender Bee, ice creamery Tipping Cow and coffee company El Colombiano will all open under one roof.
According to Boston Magazine, they’ll take over the former Monumental Cupcakes location, and operate like a single bakery-cafe to be named Monumental Market. The rationale for teaming up was somewhat practical (rent is expensive), but between the coffee and sweet treats on offer, it also seems like a darn sensible threesome to put together.
In Jamaica Plain, customers will all order from the same counter, regardless of whether they want ice cream (to be offered by the scoop and in larger take-home formats), baked goods, or coffee.
For El Colombiano (which has primarily worked to supply coffee to other cafes in town) and Lavender Bee (which has mostly appeared at farmers markets), it will be their first brick and mortar location with regular hours. For Tipping Cow, it’s the second, following the nearly three-year-old original in Somerville.
Lavender Bee started about a year ago out of food store Brookline Grown, although owner Kelsey Munger was forced to find a new location to bake from following Brookline Grown’s closure. There’s multiple connections between her business and the others: El Colombiano was also a vendor at that store, while Munger also sold her products through Tipping Cow’s Somerville location.
It’s a particularly good set-up for Munger — she’s dedicated to baking entirely nut-free goods to accommodate allergies, and the other businesses on-site won’t work with nuts, granting her a totally nut-free baking environment..
There’s no set opening date yet, but it’s slated for spring, with the companies expected to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help them open up.