Adilah Brodie and her husband Darryl are a New York couple with different tastes — she loves sweets, he prefers liquid treats. The Brodies combining their two loves to open Brodie's Love. The cupcake boutique and cognac bar will open at 4132 Magazine St. in late 2015.
"I've always wanted to cater and serve people ... and I love cupcakes and he loves cognac, so we just sat down one day and figured it out," Brodie says.
A preliminary menu of cupcakes includes red velvet, lemon, dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt, a take on bananas Foster, a maple and bacon bits version, and a boozy Sazerac-inspired version. In addition to an organic line there will be dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options.
The couple moved to New Orleans from their home in Harlem in mid-September and signed a lease on the 2,100-square-foot space featuring several rooms, two outdoor patios and a retail display case.
Brodie was going to open a shop five years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, but she had to cancel plans when she fell ill with a complication of a rare cancer, she says. Brodie moved back to New York where she received treatment. Eventually, she started baking again, first at her local church in Harlem, then as a personal chef and in catering services, including weddings and other events.
After marrying in 2013, the couple made plans to move to New Orleans, a city Brodie says she visiting while growing up and always wanted to call home.