Sorelle and Co. takes a unique approach to food, mixing refined elegance with healthy, and delicious goods. The inspiration behind Sorelle and Co. comes from a trip to Italy, where the two co-owners fell in love with a cute cafe and wished they could bring it back home. At the mere age of 16, the two co-owners started baking cakes and cupcakes for events, their love for baking led them to open a bake shoppe and cafe. Sorelle means "sisters" in Italian.
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going to work". Zoya Farooqui whispered to her best friend with conviction.
"It will." Khushi Gupta answered, wrapping her arm around Zoya's shoulder as the two of
them stood on the sidewalk outside a boarded up store. The wooden planks
covering the windows and door were worn, and looked like they had been there
for some time considering the amount of graffiti and posters that adorned them.
It definitely did not elicit hope in the two women, and for a moment they
regretted not putting more thought into their purchase. They had bought the
place on a whim, without even seeing it in person, when they decided to move
away from New York. In their defence, there weren't many options in the small
town and their new motto of going with
the flow deterred them from doing much research. After all, they had chosen
a rather unorthodox way to decide which city they would move to - throwing
darts at a map of the United States had led them to Charleston, South Carolina.
might be too ambitious." Zoya murmured as she stared at the obscene graffiti. "I
mean the inside looks worse than the outside." She added remembering the dark
and drabby interior with hardwood floors that creaked and paint that was
peeling. It was far from their idea of light and airy as it could get.
worry! It's going to be like Kal Ho Na Ho, you know when they take that
ugly cafe and turn it into a thriving restaurant, and then everyone lives
happily ever after." Khushi beamed, trying to stay positive.
Khushi...Aman dies and Naina doesn't get her first love." Zoya said turning
around to look at Khushi in disbelief as she recalled the basic plotline of the
but the restaurant is thriving.
Khushi exclaimed before sighing. "Okay, maybe that wasn't the best example -"
"You think?" Zoya teased.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN." Khushi yelled before changing the topic. "At least the location
Zoya had to
agree with that statement as she looked around. It was a nice street. One side of the street had multiple shops, everything
from a small boutique to a convenience store, while the other side was an empty
field. Far down the street she could also see a plaza which housed a Walmart. The
real estate agent had told them this was a developing area, which was the
reason for the great deal they had gotten on the place. Apart from the store
that they now owned, everything on the street was colourful, the storefronts
ranged from pinks to yellows to blues. It was truly a coastal town.
have the corner store!" Khushi added with a huge smile, it was the reason they
purchased it so quickly. "This would have cost us millions in New York."
why we're standing on a sidewalk with palm
trees, in shorts, in the middle of November,
800 miles from home." Zoya pointed out.
"You say that
like it's a bad thing." Khushi murmured as she looked down the street with a smile, the sun was shining and the
traffic was almost non-existent. "Just smell the air. I don't smell garbage,
sewage, weed or car fumes." Khushi beamed excitedly, she always wanted to live
by the water, the air smelled so clean!
"It's not a
bad thing...it's just different, and there is so much to do, Khushi!" Zoya whined,
something she only did when Khushi was around, if anyone else was present Zoya would
have put on an amazing act of courage and optimism.
in. Breathe out." Khushi said as both her and Zoya inhaled, and then exhaled.
have to do any of the physical labour, we just need to spend the money and make
some decisions." Khushi pointed out.
true." Zoya agreed grudgingly. "And Rehan was dumb enough to give us a whole
lot." She smiled fondly referring to a friend who had loaned them some money
for their business venture.
Now, how about we go back to the apartment and unpack?" Khushi asked.
we get food first and explore downtown?" Zoya suggested. "Part of this move was
supposed to be about relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of
don't understand how you did so well in school when you're such a
procrastinator." Khushi teased as she looped her arm through Zoya's and walked
down the street to find some food.
mystery to me." Zoya laughed.
Aunty, we're fine, honestly!" Khushi
said over the phone as Zoya ran around in the background yelling instructions
at the workers who were putting up new drywall. They had been lucky enough to
find a great contractor, who had the place completely gutted and was working on
re-doing it exactly as they wished. "Everything is fine. We don't need help." She reassured Zoya's mother over the phone while glaring at Zoya, who had
answered the phone and put it to Khushi's ear before she could register what
Zoya?" Zeenat asked after her daughter again, for the tenth time in the five
busy...talking to the contractor". Khushi answered, even though Zoya was a metre
away from her and mouthing thank you.
"I'll have her call you back." Khushi responded before hanging up quickly and
taking a deep breath in. "Hey Devi Maiyaa,
that was exhausting!" Khushi groaned walking towards Zoya and passing her phone
back to her. "You owe me one by the way." She yawned. The two were already
tired enough as it was, overseeing the renovations for their store was a lot
more work than they thought it would be, and their families weren't helping
with their melodramatic blackmail.
guess: You two need to come back. Who
drops out of medical school to move across the country to become a waitress in
a no-name town? This girl is the reason I have grey hair already and you
Khushi, who turns down such a good rishtato open up a bakery, your mom is heartbroken. You two need to come back
home, your mom is so worried." Zoya said imitating her mother. "Allah Miyan, what's wrong with them? My
mother is blackmailing me to move back and start medical school again even
though she knows I hated it. And your mother is insistent that you marry Shyam
THAT STUPID MISOGYNISTIC SLEAZEBALL!" Zoya yelled causing all the workers to
look up at her curiously.
"He sent me
45 messages on Facebook. He calls me Khushi Ji." Khushi deadpanned while
rolling her eyes. "I wouldn't marry him if he was the last man on Earth, I
don't care that he's rich."
"I can't do
this right now. Let's not talk about this." Zoya groaned before shaking her
head. "Back to making important
decisions stark whites, tiffany blue, and gold accents?"
do warm whites if we're going gold accents, it's more homey and welcoming." Khushi suggested leaning over the table that
their samples were spread out on as Zoya nodded.
counters?" Zoya said ticking off the relevant boxes on her paper.
"Mhmmm." Khushi agreed.
don't think we should go too dark or too light."
"I agree, we
should do these ones." Khushi said pointing to a perfect shade of brown that
wasn't too light or too dark.
"Perfect sistaaa." Zoya laughed. "Oooh, before I
forget, I designed the most perfect
logo for our business!" She squealed before unlocking her iPad and holding it up
to Khushi's face.
PERFECT! Elegant, clean and inviting!" Khushi exclaimed as her eyes travelled
over the screen. It looked like those enchanted mirrors in fairy-tales, with an
ornate gold trim. And on inside of the "mirror, on a tiffany blue background,
it said "SORELLE AND CO.
"I am glad
we decided on using Sorelle." Zoya
"It beat sisters and co." Khushi laughed. "Plus,
this obsession with baking started after our trip to Italy in high school." She
smiled fondly remembering their first trip to Europe with their school. They
had gotten lost in Bari, Italy a
small costal town- and found the cutest bakery, with an owner that wasn't much
older than them. It led to an obsession with baking, and with some practice
they had taken to doing birthday cakes and cupcakes for parties by the time
they were 16, it fell through when Zoya started university though.
including me in this crazy idea." Zoya murmured while hugging her best friend
do this without you, I tried once and failed miserably." Khushi replied,
hugging her friend back, referring to the bakery she had opened in New York
it never made a profit from the day it was opened to the day it closed. It just
but I am a lot happier already, and I owe it all to you for realizing that I
needed an intervention and letting us get a fresh start in life. I wouldn't
have had the guts to do it if you weren't by my side." Zoya smiled thinking
back to how depressed she was while in medical school and how anxious and lost
she was after dropping out.
"I am glad
you're happier." Khushi beamed pulling away from her friend. "This is what
we're meant to do Zoya, I just know
"WHAT THE ACTUAL
f**k?! You did ALL of that with less than a million dollars?!" Rehan exclaimed
over FaceTime as Zoya showed him around the fully renovated cafe as Khushi
followed her with the iPad. The renovation gave them everything they wanted, and
it was even better than they thought it would be. THEY WERE IN LOVE WITH IT.
They were absolutely giddy about how it turned out.
store was a corner lot they had invested in getting floor-to-ceiling glass
windows around most of the perimeter, which let in all the light. The dcor was
elegant, with lots of creams, beiges, gold and a hint of tiffany blue here and
surprisingly goes a long way here." Khushi laughed while turning the iPad
around so Rehan could see her beaming face as she slid into a booth.
your smile is looking a bit sadistic there. You should control it you have to
find a husband in Charleston after all, can't scare them all away." Rehan
teased while laughing.
Rehan." Zoya said as she sat beside Khushi so the two of them could talk to
their other best friend.
seriously. I saw your mother at a wedding and she literally said I hope there are nice INDIAN boys in
Charleston, that girl needs to get married. I didn't want to burst her
bubble and tell her there probably aren't many." Rehan laughed.
god." Khushi groaned throwing her head back, hitting it on the soft leather of
the booth she was sitting in, her mother was obsessed with her getting married.
it's not as bad as we expected, for some reason the population here is rather
diverse." Zoya laughed. "We have seen a few South Asians around - we just saw an Indian couple at the grocery store
this morning, the lady was calling for her husband and his name was Aman. He was cute-"
MARRIED, VERY MARRIED!" Khushi said while hitting Zoya's arm.
still appreciate that he was good looking." Zoya defended with a shrug.
has a brother." Rehan teased. "I should tell your mother-"
dare Rehan Khan! Or I will fly back home and hit you, and then fly back here for
the grand opening!" Khushi yelled.
of grand openings - I can't believe you guys are opening on Valentine's Day, it's so...cliche". Rehan
said rolling his eyes.
it's a smart move we'll be ready by then, we'll open on a Friday and stay
busy through the weekend. We've already drummed up some interest with how
inviting and elegant the place looks, and since it's new people will want to
try it out on a special occasion." Zoya reasoned.
clich but I am glad this is working out." Rehan said, he was genuinely amazed
and proud of his two friends. He sometimes wished he had the guts to do
something crazy and out there, like moving somewhere random and starting anew.
you are, as our sole investor you'd be in big trouble if it didn't work out." Khushi teased. "I can't believe you loaned us all that money Rehan, I don't think
I am ever going to stop saying thank you."
was going to be dumb enough to give money to a bankrupt women with a failed
business and a med-school drop out?" He teased causing the two girls to roll
their eyes. "As a great person once said, money
ain't a thang if you got it."
that Jay-Z?" Zoya asked, a confused look on her face.
brother from another mother is also from Brooklyn."
"Allah Miyan, what's wrong with you? For
the last time, you're not
from Brooklyn, Rehan! YOU HAD AN APARTMENT THERE FOR TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU GOT
SHIT SCARED AND MOVED. YOU'RE FROM THE MANSIONS OF MANHATTAN STOP FRONTING!" Zoya yelled rolling her eyes.
totally hit you over the head if your huge head was here right now." Khushi
what she said!" Rehan laughed waggling his eyebrows.
"REHAN!" Khushi groaned shaking her head.
we're hanging up now. Byeee!" Zoya said ending the call. "Idiot."
"I miss that
idiot." Khushi laughed. "I can't believe you used to have a crush on him." She
SIXTEEN HE SHOT UP SUDDENLY AND HE WAS NICE TO ME WHY WON'T YOU LET ME LIVE
THIS DOWN?" Zoya yelled banging her head on the table, gently, but repeatedly.
what best friends are for." Khushi teased. "It was the moustache he grew wasn't
it? Facial hair, even a couple of silky strands, worked for you even then-"
Khushi!" Zoya groaned. "At least I didn't have a crush on a guy who never
talked in Grade 7."
"I think pre-goth might be more appropriate."
tall, dark and handsome now-"
you're still interested, should I warn Shyam ji?" Zoya teased.
"So, I was
thinking we need an Instagram account for the shop-"
"Oh, really?" Zoya laughed.
"We need to
hire more people." Zoya sighed as she turned over the open sign to closed after
a busy day. "I am so tired, and I can't feel my feet anymore." She complained
as she walked to the counter where Khushi was taking bills out of the till. She
sat on a stool and slumped over the counter, resting her head on the cold
isn't it so exciting?!" Khushi squealed.
told you that I am tired-"
WE'RE SO BUSY AND DOING WELL THIS IS A GREAT START. HEY DEVI MAIYAA THANK YOU FOR SENDING US TO CHARLESTON." Khushi
beamed while jumping up and down happily.
the exuberance I am too tired for a peppy Khushi." Zoya groaned.
"I know but
listen - we've had more customers in ten
days than I had in the 11 months I ran the bakery in New York." Khushi buzzed
causing Zoya to lift herself off the counter and smile at her friend's
exuberance, she was glad that this was working out, for the both of them.
To say they
were busy would be an understatement, social media apparently worked wonders if
you had an aesthetically pleasing shop. People seemed to drive from other
cities around Charleston to take pictures Zoya was glad all that extra money
they spent was paying off. She just hoped the buzz didn't fizzle out any time
soon. But things were looking promising, they were even getting custom orders
for birthday parties and other events. Apparently, the other bakery in town
only made breads, and cakes had to be bought from the grocery store. Khushi had
shuddered in disgust when she learnt that people bought grocery store
we celebrate? By getting pedicures, on me." Zoya smiled.
yes, my feet hurt." Khushi sighed as she walked back into their office to put
the money in the safe until they had time to go to the bank.
also going to run our Instagram page, she took photography in high school and
is really good at editing. She thinks we should start reposting customer posts with their permission as well." Khushi
beamed as she got ready for bed after a long day at work.
"That's a great
idea! That's one less thing for me to do." Zoya replied from her bed, thankful
for their 4 new employees. Three teens that worked part time on evenings and
weekends, and a 60-year-old woman who was tired of working at the grocery store
bakery. She was honestly a gift to the world, she was super sweet, and came in
every morning to bake, leaving the girls free to ice and decorate the cakes and
can finally get more than 4 hours of sleep." Khushi yawned. The past two months
had been crazy, they severely underestimated how much work went into running a business.
They often left for home past midnight after cleaning and prepping, and went
back at 6am to finish baking and icing.
miss sleep." Zoya mumbled from her bed as Khushi settled into her own twin bed
across the room.
"We have to
get up early tomorrow though, to finish the birthday cake order. They said
they'll drop by at 9am to pick it up." Khushi said yawning again as she pulled
the covers over her.
"Hmmm." Zoya mumbled. "Go to sleep."
Khushi opened the glass doors and stepped into their shop, the smell of freshly
baked cupcakes and sugar icing assaulting their senses immediately making them
feel fuzzy and warm. The cupcake display looked exactly as Zoya had left it the
previous night with a fresh batch of decorated cupcakes, they all had pastel
coloured frosting on them, it was sprint after all! The smell of coffee and
espresso permeated the air, but the smell was overpowered by that of icing and
sugar, just the way it was supposed to be!
want to melt into the floor every time I walk in here." Khushi mumbled to Zoya
with a smile.
ladies!" Mark quipped from behind the counter where he was setting down plates
next to Sam, who was cleaning the espresso machine. Khushi was sure that Mark
had a crush on the girl but was too afraid to say anything she totally lived
vicariously through her employees.
morning!" Zoya beamed.
guys know what's happening across the street?" Khushi asked the two teens. Zoya
and Khushi had noticed a bunch of cars and construction equipment when they
parked the car this morning.
said someone bought a stretch of the land, it used to belong to the grandfather
of a boy I went to high school with. I am surprised he sold it actually, people
have been trying to buy it for years. I don't know who bought it, or what
they're building though." Sam said while looking through the glass wall across
the street where there were now a bunch of machines, and men in reflective
vests and hard hats.
it's going to be pretty big looking at how much land they're excavating." Mark added
following Sam's gaze.
think construction is going to deter customers?" Zoya asked Khushi, worry
tinting her voice.
think so it's not like the street is super narrow, they aren't blocking
anything off." Khushi reasoned.
you think it is?" Zoya asked peering across the street, while tilting her head,
her brow furrowed.
we'll find out." Khushi shrugged.
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Well this one is really interesting...although I do remember how the cupcake an barbell story started! I never imagined that you would rewrite it ever...but I am really glad you did! Cu your other stories rocks...specially classified love! I have read it ultimate number of times that if there is a movie made on it ( I hope with the same cast) I would know how to script it! Well Rehaan Khan looks a new character and I find the others really adorable ( except for leads) So yeah looking forward to the story Keep inboxing the notifications of the story update or I wouldn't know!
I just recently read your other fics so I'm really really psyched for this. Everything looks amazing. Like eeeh!
And also, that gym looks so good! Especially the locker room. And those cupcakes! Hehehe.
I'm also extremely excited for another Asya + Arshi fic. With lots of romance and bromance and sister love. I really hope you give us a little of Khushi Zoya bestfriendship bonding and Asad Arnav bromance. And maybe even some sweet Arnav Zoya and Asad Khushi scenes. Eeep. Sorry. I'm getting greedy. And ahead of myself. Hehehe.
Anywho. Bottom line is that I'm really excited for this. I love your work and your such a great writer. You're one of my favorite Asya writers and another of your work is really really awesome. Welcome back! And congratulations.