New life is coming to 88 Bradley Road, the taupe stucco building on the corner of Bradley Road and Lunar Drive. The building was purchased by 88 Bradley Road LLC in 2018 and now has two tenants and is in the midst of renovations and attracting more tenants.
Cindy Liu’s business, Orange Cheese, was the first business in the newly sold building. Liu exports American cheese to China. Historically, dairy has not been widely consumed in China however that is changing. Liu grew up in China and had never eaten cheese until she was pregnant with her second child and living in the U.S. She began eating it as a healthy source of protein and quickly fell in love with cheese.
“My parents are in their 70s and they had never eaten cheese, but they started eating it when they visited,” she explained. When her parents asked her to send cheese to them she realized there was a market for cheese in China.
Now her business is the exclusive representative in China for three large cheese companies. She exports cheese to Mainland China, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong and she has offices in Shanghai and Honk Kong. She plans to expand to Japan and Korea next.
The building has a newly fixed roof and will soon have new windows and a redesigned entrance to be more open, welcoming and ADA compliant.
Liu, whose husband owns the building, is looking to fill the space with tenants – there are seven units in the building. She is considering converting the largest office space to a co-working space.
The other tenant in the building, Sammi Pillow, is run by Carlton Chen, a practicing business lawyer who started consulting for businesses looking to break into the Chinese market. While in China, his business partner met the owners of a business with a medical pillow that limits snoring and supports the neck and spine. The pillow was selling well in China and the company wanted to break into the U.S. market.
The pillow is filled with U.S.-grown organic buckwheat. Buckwheat-filled pillows have been used in Asia for a thousand years. It’s an all-natural, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial material. The pillow is now sold on Wayfair and Amazon.
Sammi Pillow had been in New Haven’s Science Park and, when the lease was up, moved to New Haven because of the convenient location.