Policy

Meet a Merchant: Omar

Omar is the co-founder of Creme and Cocoa Creamery in Brooklyn, New York. He’s also participated in the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods program.

6/1/2023
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In Brooklyn, New York, Omar serves Caribbean-inspired ice cream in flavors like passionfruit, hibiscus, and tamarind orange at his shop called Creme and Cocoa Creamery. And thanks to the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods program, more people than ever are enjoying pints of Creme and Cocoa.

“We want to keep the history of Caribbean commerce on Nostrand Avenue going.”

Omar explains how the Accelerator works: It’s “a packaged goods product program where you get mentored by seasoned veterans. After the six-week program, you get a $5,000 stipend and your product in DashMart stores.”

For Omar, getting to share his labor of love with a wider audience is no small thing.

“We want to keep the history of Caribbean commerce on Nostrand Avenue going,” he says. Omar’s father-in-law ran a grocery shop in Creme and Cocoa’s location for more than 30 years. Once he retired, he and his wife took a huge leap and started their own business.

They started as a cafe, and eventually launched their ice cream shop. Now, thanks to the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods, they’re realizing some of their long-term goals.

“We’re now serving our ice creams out of several locations in the Tri-state area in DashMart stores.”

“We’re now serving our ice creams out of several locations in the Tri-state area in DashMart stores,” Omar reports.

“Nobody makes Caribbean flavors like we do,” he adds. Customers across the tri-state area agree.