When Belgian Griet Lorré moved to Cambodia in 1999 little did she know that, with her background in fashion design, within less than two years she would be running Phnom Penh's most popular bakery and coffee shop.
It all started with a small snack and lunch service for the children and staff at Northbridge International School. But soon this grew to become a comprehensive cuisine unit serving 300 snacks and 250 lunches every school day to a mix of students and teachers from 23 different countries. One year later Griet Lorré opened 'The CLUB', a vibrant club that included swimming and outdoor activities, field sports and, of course, a busy family restaurant. Building on the success of The CLUB, 2001 saw the opening of 'The SHOP' right in the heart of Phnom Penh.
"The SHOP, one of the most consistently popular breakfast spots in the Penh." AsiaLife Guide, July 2009
Located in famous Street 240 and housed in a beautifully restored French colonial-era building, The SHOP would soon become one of the capital's most popular breakfast & lunch spots for locals, tourists and expats of all nationalities. Delivery and catering increased together with The SHOP's reputation. Every day, staff from The SHOP can be seen delivering fresh croissants to their regal neighbour, the Royal Palace.
However, being from Belgium, opening the very first chocolate production workshop in Cambodia was a challenge that proved too hard to resist for Griet Lorré. 'Chocolate, by The SHOP' opened its doors in October 2007 and has now become the country's first supplier of Cambodian-made Belgian chocolates.
Thanks to the relentless efforts of a dedicated and motivated staff, the reputation and success of The SHOP, its chocolate sister and its catering services have seen a steady and consistent growth ever since business started. The latest addition for Phnom Penh residents to look forward to is the 2009 opening of a coffee shop & restaurant in Toul Kok's district Street 337.