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management
A Unique
Collaboration
Hard times require imaginative thinking. Kelsey Munger, owner
of Lavender Bee Baking Co., at Monumental Market in the Jamaica
Plain neighborhood of Boston, started baking in 2017. Like
her, current business partner Javier Amador-Pena owned a separate
business, El Colombiano Coffee. Both got their beginnings
selling their products at local farmers' markets.
They each owned their own separate business, but found that
their products, and their passion for their work, complemented
each other perfectly. When it was time to grow and expand, they
came together and hatched the idea for Monumental Market.
" We started talking. What if we opened a space together? "
Munger recalls.
It made sense. Construction and rent can run into the hundreds
of thousands of dollars, not to mention the labor costs of staff.
If this would work, cooperation and camaraderie were essential.
" It's all blended, and we each have fun with our concepts, "
Munger explains. " It's kind of a farmers' market vibe with one
POS transaction. We're in 900 square feet of space, for retail
and production. "
They even have a third vendor in the space, a vinyl records
store, Light of Day Records, run by Chris Antonowich, who is a
permanent vendor, not an owner, in the venture.
They opened their collaborative brick-and-mortar location in February
2020. They wanted to expand because of surging demand.
" We are all sharing labor costs, and we each have a full functioning
store that is cohesive, " Munger explains. " It's definitely
been a wild first year. We are battle tested, and we feel pretty
solid. We all help keep other afloat. "
Monumental Market is a Person of Color (PoC)/Woman owned
business in Jamaica Plain, creating a vibrant community space
with coffee, baked goods and music.
Both owners expect and hope to open additional locations of
their respective brands outside of Monumental Market in the next
few years. But teaming up to create the first space together has
allowed them to get that initial foot in the door with this type of
business that was otherwise out of reach for them individually.
Their unique business earned a Best of Boston Award in 2021
from Boston magazine.
Munger specializes in operating as a 100% nut free bakery
(peanut and tree nut free). She is not yet 30 years old and al06
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ready is the owner and co-owner of two successful businesses.
She is also deathly allergic to nuts, so she cannot use ingredients
that have ever risked coming in contact with them. This is also
why she decided to start baking in the first place.
" I grew up loving baking, but couldn't go into a bakery, " she
recalls. " I've worked in a lot of kitchens. At the beginning of this
project, I wanted to help support small businesses. What we
have now is collaborative entrepreneurship, which is the future
of the food industry. It's exciting to see what's coming. "
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