If you’re an entrepreneur in New England, you know you’ve “made it” when you get applause in Yankee Magazine. The hallowed publication has shaped northeastern culture for 84 years, and its most recent praise fell upon a Rhode Island newcomer, Bootblack Brand.
The Editors’ Food Choice Awards are relatively new – Yankee started bestowing them only six years ago – and they recognize a wide range of “fine artisan New England products.” This year’s winning companies included Tandem Coffee in Maine, Somerville Chocolate in Massachusetts, and Bootblack, the cocktail-mixing mavens of the Ocean State.
Created by husband-and-wife team Paul Kubiski and Jackie Duhamel, Bootblack puts special cocktail syrups in handsome bottles, such as the Ginger Cardamom Lime and the Classic Citrus Tonic. The winning mixture was Cranberry Jalapeño and Lime, which can be used for cocktails or carbonated sodas. Bootblack was an early “graduate” of the Hope & Main incubator program in Warren, and bottles and kits are now available across the region.