Small Bites: With local roots, investors, Soupergirl raises $2 million
Plus: Taste the World event happening this month in Silver Spring
Logo from Soupergirl Facebook page
Soupergirl gets $2 million in investments
Soupergirl, a Washington, D.C., all natural plant-based soup company, has received $2 million in funding, the company announced this week.
The funding effort was led by the Chevy Chase firm Arborview Capital, according to a press release. One investor was Seth Goldman, who founded Honest Tea in Bethesda. (Honest Tea moved to Atlanta this year to become part of Coca-Cola.)
Rockville native and former standup comedian Sara Polon and her mother, Marilyn, founded Soupergirl in 2008. They have a retail location in Takoma in Washington, D.C., and grocery stores throughout the region, including several in Montgomery County. The company also delivers its soups.
The Polons appeared on an episode of the reality show “Shark Tank” in 2018 but were not offered a deal.
Tuesday’s press release states that the additional funding will help Soupergirl expand its production and “grow its national footprint.”
“Arborview’s investment will allow us to accelerate our growth at a critical time when the nation is looking for safe and healthy at-home food options. We will be able to increase our national reach while staying true to our values,” Sara Polon said in the press release.
Goldman said in the press release that he has been “mentoring Sara for a decade” and admires her “passion for high quality and delicious food that helps consumers meet their health goals.”
Taste the World taking place in Silver Spring’s Fenton Village
Silver Spring’s Fenton Village is holding its annual Taste the World event this month. More than 40 independent small restaurants are participating.
Everyone who orders food from four particular restaurants, either eat-in or takeout, will enter a raffle for a gas scooter worth $1,800, according to a press release.
Taste the World is normally held as a festival on the third Saturday in May, but the event didn’t take place this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information, with a list of participating restaurants, is on Fenton Village’s website.
Dessert café opens in downtown Silver Spring
Sweeteria, a coffee and dessert café, opened in downtown Silver Spring on Thursday.
The café, at 8646 Colesville Road, announced on its Facebook page that Thursday would be its soft opening.
Sweeteria’s soft opening hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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