Brother-sister duo Jason and Stacey are basking in the popularity of their one-year-old restaurant at Sentosa Cove, which brings some of New York’s favourite dishes to Singapore. But, the story of Schmear started with Jason’s hunt for a good bagel.
“After a trip back to the US, I came back craving bagels and couldn’t find a decent one in Singapore. So, I thought I would try making them at home. The first batch turned out awful but after a number of attempts, they got better. My sister moved here from Philadelphia to help start Schmear, and here we are with a great product and looking ahead to the future,” says Jason.
Both Jason and Stacey started their careers in banking and finance before branching off into other interests: Jason dabbled in the tech start-up scene, while Stacey followed her passion for health and fitness.Today, she’s a marketing manager who proudly stands behind nutritious items like cold pressed juice and acai bowls that complement the crowd-pleasing Central Park bagel on Schmear’s menu, while Jason is the resto’s Director.
“Running our own business is both challenging and rewarding,” shares Jason. “I enjoy getting positive feedback, but the negative is important too, and has allowed us to improve our product and service.”
About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. This 2018, a new batch of 23 Expatpreneur Awardees have been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission. (Find out more about the Expatpreneur Awards judge who coined the term “expat-preneur” in 2015 while you’re here!)
By Sushmita Mohapatra and Savitha Venugopal, The Finder Issue 292
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