Café Clover Owner Opens New Healthy ‘Bodega’
Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, who opened the Café Clover in New York nearly three years ago, expanded into retail by opening the 990-square-foot Clover Grocery two doors down. Carone describes it as a “healthy bodega” in a wwd.com story. The store offers packaged foods, some popular selections from Café Clover and a curated selection of housewares, beauty products and fashion accessories.
The store is designed with housewares up front, the café/coffee bar and fresh food items in the back and pantry staples near the checkout. Down the center of the store is a long table, where customers can sit while allowing Carone and his team to host private dinners, something Café Clover can’t do due to lack of space.
Food items include dressings, dips, dairy, snacks, soups, pastries, produce, meat, fish and frozen items among many others. The store’s website describes itself as “a thoughtful approach to a neighborhood grocery.” The product selection is sourced both locally and globally.
“I always talk about the way that people grocery shop in New York — people just don’t have big enough kitchens and pantries to really go grocery shopping, so you really just go shopping for the next three days,” said Carone in the wwd.com news story. “And that is why bodegas work — we want to be that, but healthy. You can come here and buy your protein, your sides, the stuff you need for your salad, you can buy pre-made, you can buy your snacks, your La Croix, and then you can also come and buy those specialty items.”