LOCAL PROFILES: Rachel Thebault (Tribeca Treats) 5.30.17
When it comes to special occasions, not just any treat will do. For the birthdays and milestones that matter most (including surviving a rough day at work), we turn to Tribeca Treats to make it right.
Tribeca Treats is a specialty bakery in Tribeca offering a slew of chocolates, cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, as well as a sleek and chic selection of greeting cards, incredible wrapping paper, and other must-haves for your next get-together to bring it to the next level.
We spoke with Rachel Thebault, founder/owner, published cookbook author and Tribeca local, to learn about how her love of the neighborhood drives her business, and her favorite things about Tribeca.
You’ve been open for over ten years. That’s incredible! Tell us a bit about Tribeca Treats’ history.
We opened Tribeca Treats in January 2007. It has been incredibly to watch the neighborhood itself evolve and grow so much over the 10 years. When we first opened the shop, there were a lot of small businesses on the block, many of which sadly disappeared with the financial crash of 2009. It was a difficult year, but we got through it thanks to our custom order business.
Since then, the block has developed into a family-friendly area with a lot of foot traffic. We’ve got great neighbors and it has resulted in a friendly, supportive vibe.
What inspired you to open a business in Tribeca?
I’ve lived in Tribeca since 2003. I love the neighborhood. When I moved here, I was an investment banker, but I knew I wanted a career switch. Simultaneously, my hobby of baking and making chocolate truffles was starting to become an in-home business, as more and more friends were asking me to make things for weddings and events. Eventually I decided to quit my job and go to culinary school, which was when Tribeca Treats was born. When I graduated culinary school, I started the business as solely custom catering but had my eye on retail spots in the neighborhood right away.
What’s your favorite part of owning a business below Canal Street?
My favorite part of owning neighborhood business is seeing my kids' friends coming into the store and seeing their pride at knowing the owner. It feels very community-based; My daughter’s preschool comes in for field trips often. Being able to walk down the street and know so many people in the community based on living and working down here is just really fun. It's fun to be a part of a community where I know so many of the people, either fellow business owners, customers, friends, or a mix of all of them.
What are your favorite local spots?
I love tenoverten for manicures and Heyday for amazing monthly facials. Tiny’s is great, and The Odeon is a family favorite. I really like to just walk around on the weekends and down Greenwich Street for exploration and people watching.
Tribeca Treats - 94 Reade St.