Destiny Sund, part of the ownership at north Broadway location of mini-cheesecake shop The Confectional, showed up in CHS comments on the recent news about the closure of another Broadway independent as Cintli closed its doors:
So many useful comments! Especially over the confusion of what Cintli offered to it’s customers. I’m one of the owners of The Confectional, on the North end of Broadway – We are a boutique locally owned cheesecake dessert shop. What can WE do to increase foot traffic??? We haven’t seen the foot traffic we thought we would. The Confectional loves being a part of the Broadway community!
Tuesday night, she took to the airwaves on The Jason Rantz Show to speak out against the added pressure a $15 minimum wage would put on her chain of three shops in the city.
Sund, speaking as part of a new Sustainable Wages Seattle group, said she would close the Broadway shop if the $15 minimum is implemented. “It’s struggling,” she said. “We try to get the lobby a little bit busier,” she said, but added that food traffic on north Broadway hasn’t been as strong as expected.
The Confectional brought its mini-cheesecake concept to Capitol Hill in 2011 after starting in Pike Place Market. It has since expanded with a stand inside the Seattle Center Armory. Sund said her company employs 11 people at its three locations — six employees work at the Broadway shop and kitchen. She estimated that a $15 minimum wage would cost her business an additional $40,000 per year in wages.
CHS commenters were quick to offer some advice to Sund’s plea on the Cintli post. “Have you thought of serving coffee/tea? Beans from a unique regional roaster or tea leaves along the same line?” suggested one. “Something to complement what you already sell, but expand your customer base. As much as people complain about ‘too many’ coffee shops on the hill, I find that you can’t have too many places that provide something as simple as a place to sit and drink a warm (or cold) beverage.”