Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor
Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor
NEW YORK CITY—Emshika Alberini, owner and chef of Littleton’s Chang Thai Café, was invited to speak at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a daylong conference dedicated to women in the food industry.
Jubilee was started by Cherry Bombe Magazine co-founders Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu as an outlet for women in the food industry to come together, network, make friends, and build community. The event was sponsored by Whole Foods Market New York City and included Food Network TV personality, Nigella Lawson as the keynote speaker. Alberini has been a
supporter of Cherry Bombe over the past few years and was featured on Radio Cherry Bombe in 2016.
According to Diamond on her Instagram account, “No one exemplifies the Bombe Squad better than this awesome individual. Joyous, positive, grateful, hardworking, smart. She came here from Thailand with very little and has built a small empire for herself in New Hampshire. Emshika, you’re an inspiration!”
In her speech, “Cooking With Love,” Emshika spoke on her journey from corporate employee to restaurateur.
“I never expected to be a chef when I grew up,” Alberini revealed. “I didn’t know how to cook, so how could I start a restaurant on my own? But then I remembered- I love to eat!”
The inspiration for her now popular Chang Thai Café came from Alberini’s sister, Ann. “I entered the food industry as a result of her spirit,” Alberini explained. The sisters had planned on opening a restaurant as a way to be together. Ann tragically passed away in an accident back in 2006, heightening Alberini’s desire to start their restaurant.
“[Chang Thai Café] is dedicated to my sister and I have felt her guiding me ever since.”
This year marks Chang Thai Café’s tenth year in business. Alberini is currently working on a food and beverage line, By Emshika, and recently opened the multi-brand coffee and gift shop, POP-M a few doors down from Chang Thai Café.
“Food is more than a meal; it’s how you nourish your body and soul,” noted Alberini. “To me, food doesn’t have to be fancy. If it takes you back to a time in your memory or brings you closer to your loved ones, your food has fulfilled its mission.”
To learn more about Emshika Alberini, visit www.emshika.com. To visit Chang Thai Café, stop by their 77 Main Street location or place your take-out order on www.changthaicafe.com. To learn about Cherry Bombe Magazine, visit www.cherrybombe.com.
LITTLETON—The popular multi-brand gift and coffee shop, POP-M opened its doors a few weeks ago, welcoming visitors with a curated menu and variety of gifts made both local and afar.
Crystal Lynn Design is one local artist featured on POP-M’s shelves. Designer Crystal Knapp began making jewelry as a way to showcase her crystal collection instead of jamming them in her pockets. According to Knapp, a friend suggested wire wrapping them. “I didn’t think I would love it so much,” she explained, “but as soon as I started doing it I loved it. It’s meditative. I have to look at the shape of the piece to come up with new ideas.”
Four years later, Knapp has begun experimenting with color and learning new techniques that include soldering, working with resin, and chain mail using jump rings.
Her display at POP-M features her resin jewelry along with her own style of bracelets that she hasn’t seen in the area. Knapp is expanding her line to include custom stamped bracelets personalized with dates or messages, resin pieces based on paintings and images, and jewelry infused with fresh and pressed flowers.
“I really like the concept and energy of POP-M,” noted Knapp. “I like how Emshika [Alberini, owner of POP-M] is about empowering other artists and businesses. I really respect and admire that and I want to be a part of that picture.”
POP-M is debuting Knapp’s new alcohol inks, which create bright, vibrant colors reflective of the multi-brand shop.
“I have a couple of crystal pendants I plan on adding [to POP-M] as they are my favorite to work with. I’m also doing more with custom wrap pieces and matching sets of jewelry.”
Knapp designs and creates her pieces out of her studio in 42 Maple in Bethlehem. She is enjoying having her work featured at POP-M as “There’s a lot of unique items in here such as Dusty’s Palace with one-of-a-kind clothes; things that you’re not going to find anywhere else on Main Street,” she revealed. “I just try to have fun and come up with unique designs that I think will look one-of-a-kind.”
For more information on Crystal Lynn Design, visit https://crystallynndesign.com/, or check out her display at POP-M, 97 Main Street in Littleton.
My new multi-brand shop has opened on Main Street!
POP-M is a unique shop teaming with vibrant colors and awash in POP art.
Here, Indie brands and local artisans mingle, bringing quality and hot-off-the press style.
Our alternative café marries healthy and fresh with luscious and decadent treats.
Come join the scene!
Open Mon-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As one story ends another begins! Dave and Nancy Ernsberger have owned and operated the popular gift shop “The Nest” for five years. Dave, who has been instrumental in a number of initiatives in Littleton, decided it was time for him to step back to focus on his projects and to spend more time with his family and closed the store this past September.
Emshika Alberini, owner of Chang Thai restaurant as well as the building occupied by Little Village Toy and Bookstore, Blue Jay Café, The League of NH Craftsmen and The Stitch purchased the 97 Main Street building last Friday. Her plans for the building have, to date, been a closely guarded secret but Emshika has hinted that “it will be the same but different”. Emshika plans to slowly renovate the space to fit her plan and open her store sometime during the first quarter of 2018.
Emshika said “I am excited to now own one of the nicest buildings in downtown Littleton. Dave and Nancy have created such an attractive building that has provided shoppers with a unique and comfortable shopping experience. I hope to carry on the tradition that the Ernsbergers have started.”
“Nancy and I are delighted to turn over the keys to Emshika” commented Dave after the closing. “She is a rising star in Littleton and beyond and we know she will continue to work closely with other local business owners in continuing Littleton’s goal to make its downtown a pleasant and memorable place to visit.”
Mary Doherty, Broker with Peabody and Smith Realty commented “I have worked with both Dave and Emshika for a number of years and I can’t think of a better match. I’m very proud to have played a very small part in helping Dave with this transition.”