Le Macaron French Pastries plans to open branches this fall in Carmel, Elkhart and Fishers. (Photo courtesy of Le Macaron French Patisserie)
Macaron French Pastries, based in Sarasota, Fla., plans to bring its treats to Carmel and Fishers this fall.
A Carmel store will open at 14550 Clay Terrace Blvd, Suite 115, while the Fishers store will be at 8701 E. 116th St., Suite 160A. A third location in Indiana is opening at 503 S. Main St. in Elkhart.
Mary Lynn, who bought the franchise rights to the Carmel location with her husband, Daniel Fanning, said the shop will offer 25 to 30 different varieties of macarons made by a French-trained pastry chef. The treats will be delivered to the store from the company’s kitchen in Florida.
A macaron is a French pastry consisting of two shells with a filling in between. Shells are usually made with almond flour, egg whites and sugar.
Customers will also find 16 different varieties of ice cream, chocolate, cakes, croissants and a café in a Parisian atmosphere with traditional music and European decor.
Lynn, a Westfield resident, said she might serve champagne and wine in the future if she and her husband decided to purchase a liquor license.
“I thought it would be something really fun to do,” Lynn said. “We are very excited.”
A party room at the back of the 1,400-square-foot store, which was previously a Sunglass Hut location, will be available for tea parties and birthdays. Le Macaron also hosts bachelor parties, baby showers and weddings.
Aaron and Christi Parker, who will own the 1,400-square-foot Fishers location, told IBJ they discovered Le Macaron through the company’s website and traveled to Cincinnati to sample the macarons and similar treats.
“And then we stuffed ourselves for the next few days and fell in love with the product,” Aaron Parker said.
Lynn’s experience was similar in that she was exploring a franchise opportunity with another restaurant when she found Le Macaron on Facebook. She and Fanning traveled to Florida, where they attended a Le Macaron “discovery day” where they sampled the store’s products and saw where the treats were made.
“We love that it’s family oriented,” Lynn said. “We also liked that it will also bring a bit of French culture here. »
Le Macaron stores generally employ around 10 people. Christi Parker said she will manage the Fishers store while her husband, who works as an accountant, will be involved in planning but also sometimes “on the front lines serving ice cream.”
Lynn and Parkers said they plan to open their stores in November, while a company spokesman said the Elkhart location is expected to open in early September.
Christi Parker said Le Macaron has an overall scheme for its stores with a pink and gray color scheme, but franchisees can customize the experience in their stores.
“They give you some freedom so you can really make it your own,” he said.
Le Macaron was founded in 2009 in Sarasota, Florida by a mother-daughter duo, Rosalie Guillem and Audrey Guillem-Saba.
The company began offering franchise opportunities in 2012 and has grown over the past decade to 64 stores nationwide, with at least 10 more locations planned by the end of 2022.
“We are pleased to welcome these new franchisees to the Le Macaron family,” Rosalie Guillem said in a written statement. “The owners of these locations are highly motivated and eager to interact with customers and the communities they serve.”
Le Macaron was named to the FranServe 2022 Fran-Tastic 500 list, which recognizes the best franchises in the United States.