Bakery café franchise to bring moments of joy to its customers in the Ithaca community this August.
Paris Baguette, the bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 units across the globe, is set to open a new location in Ithaca at 125 East State Street. The new cafe is part of a single-unit development deal that was recently completed with Yeonseok Song, who previously spent her career in banking, to expand the brand across the state of New York.
Song, a South Korean immigrant, previously worked as a bank teller for the past 11 years in her home country. In 2017, Song and her family relocated to Ithaca after her husband began his studies at Cornell University. Once there, she fell in love with the diverse community and knew that Paris Baguette would be a great fit. Following opening their Ithaca location, Song and her family hope to add an additional location near the Cornell campus in the next three to five years.
“The Ithaca community needs a Paris Baguette,” she said. “We look forward to providing a new and exciting place for them to gather and enjoy our great pastry and cake offerings.”
Song has always had a passion for baking and spent a number of years in culinary school learning about patisserie. She became familiar with Paris Baguette because of the brand’s strong presence in South Korea and was taken by their high-quality products. Now, Song is taking advantage of the opportunity to turn her hobby into her full-time career with the opening of her Ithaca location.
“We are fortunate to be growing quickly with operators like Song,” said Paris Baguette’s Chief Development Officer Mark Mele. “We continue to expand in the state of New York but still have additional territory available.”
Paris Baguette started franchising in the U.S. in 2015 and since has opened nearly 100 cafés and another 150 projects in various stages of development in markets across the country, making it one of the premier franchise opportunities in the bakery café category. In 2022 alone, the franchise has signed over 73 new agreements with new franchisees.
Paris Baguette is a bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 units across the globe. The brand first arrived in the U.S. in 2005 and has since established nearly 100 locations in markets across the country, making it one of the premier franchise opportunities in its category. Paris Baguette’s primary mission, executed every day by its expert staff of bakers, cakers and baristas, is to share moments of joy with customers and help customers share moments of joy with their friends and family by providing world-class cakes, pastries, coffees, breads and other French-inspired bakery café fare. For more information, please visit https://parisbaguette.com/franchising/.