You know when you’re working on something on your own and you feel a bit alone, like most of the time? Yeah, life has been like that for me in the last few months.
I very rarely share what’s going on in my food boutique life because it takes a long time to open a big brick and mortar (years! I’ve had friends negotiate leases for two+ years!). Sharing every little step along the way could be exciting or perhaps a total letdown — for you and me both.
But I’m feeling like the trying is half the journey.
The two-steps-forward-three-steps-back process is the life of every maker, whether you’re making a chocolate bar or a new way to shop for food. And I’ve decided that the trying is worth sharing, if only to feel a bit less alone. You get me?
Starting now, I plan to share a bit more including all the good, inspiring stuff and all the tough stuff that brings my new way to shop for food to life. Let’s start with Eat Boutique Space Inspiration and consider this post, part one.
In the earliest phases of a new project, I typically collect loads of visual inspiration. For the new Eat Boutique, I explored every nook of the Web, every country, and every sort of retail experience. I’ve experienced so many unique styles of markets and I most definitely have my favorites.
In this post, I am sharing some of the inspiration imagery that evokes the feeling behind the new Eat Boutique. My shop won’t look exactly like all of these images but it will share some of the same sensibilities:
The Eat Boutique Space will feel brand new and very familiar in the same moment.
The Eat Boutique Space will be beautiful and super accessible; not too scary to touch and try.
The Eat Boutique Space will feel like a big, lived-in kitchen; the sort you want to lounge in all day long.
I hope this series of little glimpses is interesting to you. Please let me know what else you’d like to know about the new shop down in the comments. You know I love talking food with you!
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.