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GENESEO – Honey Girl Gourmet officially opened its single door Tuesday morning and already has curious folks browsing the shelves for tasty treats and gifts, humming to Glenn Miller while they browse through local honeys or pick up little baggies of vegan gummy bears.
Alyssa Cope, 32, had the help of her mom Jacque on Tuesday as the beautiful sign was hung and began to turn heads, and passersby were able to stop into the cozy shop instead of cupping their hands to peek longingly in the big front window next to Kelly’s.
“When I travel I love to visit places like this,” said Cope. “I worked at Touch of Grayce for 16 years, half my life. I love food and cooking, and am so excited to combine that retail knowledge with these goodies and gifts.”
Mom said that she loves the concept, and appreciates the labor that her ‘honey girl’ has put into this project.
“Mom thinks it’s awesome,” said Jacque Cope. “It’s a great concept. Alyssa has put a lot of hard work and thought into this. She deals a lot with local merchants and artisans, people who do this because it’s their passion, and they treat her very well. One fellow from Ithaca made her first delivery himself.”
It’s true. The owner of Copper Horse Coffee Roasters in Ithaca personally delivered a batch of mixed blends of coffees just to introduce himself. Cope’s products come from across the United States, especially maple syrups and her many kinds of honeys. Many come from New York State, some coming even from the Genesee Valley.
“I’m not here to compete with Wegmans or Amazon,” added Cope. “I have local products that people can give as gifts or arrange as care packages. My very first customer bought some vegan gummy bears and a little packet of pumpkin seeds. Here is some squash oil. Since olive trees don’t grow locally, some people get squash oil since it comes from this area.”
Cope also carries cheeses, jellies, spreads, chocolates, candies, and a few clever items for homes and kitchens, like towels and aprons. Her windowsill has a few basil plants growing in little pots.
Honey Girl will be a stop on Friday’s Geneseo Merchants’ Association (GMA) Wine Stroll, for which Cope has ordered some special treats.
“I will have wine cookies out for sampling all day, and I’m getting 15 pounds of cheese curds,” said Cope. “I have always enjoyed working with GMA and local businesses. I hope people like cheese curds!”
Cope thanked her family and friends for all their support, saying that Tuesday’s grand opening is the culmination of many long hours and late nights by herself, her family, Blake Burnette with Contract Trade Services, and many friends.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Josh Williams)