Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

CoquettesCoquette’s Bistro and Bakery in Manitou Springs will begin selling bakery items in the two local Whole Foods stores starting this weekend.

The announcement marks a big growth spurt for the little Manitou creperie that has been steadily expanding since it opened three years ago.

On top of a presence in Whole Foods, Co-Owner Michelle Marx said Coquette’s, known for its gluten-free goodies, is opening a satellite bakery and retail shop at 2130 Spectra Drive, in a  a warehouse near Lower Gold Camp Road.

Marx said Coquette has been bursting at the seams in its location at 915 Manitou Avenue and has been looking for the right space to open a new location in downtown Colorado Springs for more than a year.

“We’re still looking for just the right spot,” she said. “But in the meanwhile, we really needed a bakery space.”

She said the Whole Foods deal has been in the works for several months and the two local stores are just the beginning. Coquette’s has the green light to expand to all the Whole Foods stores in the four-state Rocky Mountain region as soon as the bakery is ready to meet added demand.

Coquette’s will supply cupcakes, slices of German chocolate cake and coffee cake to the stores to start with and will make two deliveries a week to each location.

Marx said she is hiring new bakery staff and some people who were part-time bakers will become full-time employees in the new 1,800-square-foot facility.

The new location, which will primarily house the industrial bakery operation, will also have a retail shop with a patio, coffee and pastries and maybe some take-and-go lunch items like sandwiches and croissants, Marx said. She expects it to open before the end of May.

“That’s something we’ve wanted to try doing for a while,” she said. “But we just haven’t had the space.”

On top of the new location and Whole Foods contract, Marx said Coquette’s is also negotiating with some national distributors and could begin wholesaling its gluten-free flours.

Until the right downtown location for another Coquette restaurant comes along, Marx said she is considering an offer to sell items from the new Curbside Cuisine permanent food truck location at 225 N. Nevada Ave. announced earlier this month. The bakery wouldn’t have a truck, but could sell out of the vacant gas station building.

“We have a lot going on right now,” she said. “It’s all going pretty fast.”

5 Responses to Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

  1. Can we order on line and have it shipped out of state?

    May 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  2. I am so happy to find more restuarnats and bakeries opening up. I am gluten free and diary free. Do your baked goods have diary?

    Denise Montoya
    May 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

  3. I can’t wait for your prooducts to be carried here at the Whole Foods Store on North Academy by Chapel Hills Mall. I shop there and more likely buy your gluten free stuff there! I can’t wait! Thank you!

    Angie Dykes
    May 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

  4. I am so excited to hear this. Can’t wait to buy sandwich bread from you guys on a regular basis. Your bread and rolls are the best- actually everything you sell is the best. You really are a great service to people like myself with glutun issues.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  5. Firstly, thanks for writing…and now some answers ;-)
    Yes we do currently ship our flour out of state and we’re once our new location is going full steam ahead, we’ll be shipping baked goods as well. We’re re-doing our website and will build a shopping cart so it’ll make things easier.

    We are already in both Whole Foods in Colorado Springs. We’ll be doing samplings at both locations tomorrow for their big Mothers Day promotion and product is in!

    We have some dairy free cupcakes and are working on more options as well.

    Best thing to do is request your favorite Coquette items at your favorite Whole Foods and that’ll get them there quicker.

    THANKS SO MUCH…..big hugs to all

    michelle marx
    May 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm