But a venture is not just about networking and building contacts; it is about relationships, it is about people. In keeping with the ethos of the month, and of Thanksgiving, I want you to take behind the scene, to those wonderful businesses that at some point of time contributed to HeartBakes. I take you to the source where it all begins - Crawford Market, one of the oldest wholesale markets of Mumbai.
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I present to you below some of those businesses in this area from where HeartBakes continues to source its baking related supplies.
Saria Stove, Lohar Chawl
The first time I entered this 250 square feet shop, I was in awe. It is a paradise for bakers, hoteliers, leading restaurateurs & chefs in the city, with its wide range of kitchenware, crockery and specialised tools. This 90-year old family business has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, Mr. Shabbir & Mr. Aliasgar Saria, the third and fourth generation owners of Saria Depot Stove have in pipelines to shift to a much bigger space soon. We wish them all the best for their future!
Royal Dry Fruits, Crawford Market
One of the busiest corners of the market, HeartBakes sources all its dry fruits from this shop. They house the best of the imported and local dry fruits, right from raisins, dried blueberries, figs, pecans to hazelnuts, blackcurrants and walnuts. You name it, and they have it!
New Arife Lamould, Crawford Market
Arife is the one-stop destination for baking related goodies in Mumbai. Don’t be misled by their shanty small cubicled shop in Crawford. It’s a storehouse of ingredients, cake decorating & chocolate making supplies.
Continental Stores, Crawford Market
For me, this is the go-to place for fresh yeast, but they are also suppliers for bread improvers, cake gels, emulsions, seasonings and flavours.