[structure: see text] A new synthetic route was developed for the preparation of activity probe 1 for beta-glucosidase in this study. The key glycosidation step begins with benzyl p-hydroxyphenylacetate. Benzylic functionalization for the construction of the trapping device was achieved at later stages. Probe 1 was shown to be able to label the target enzyme. This cassette-like design offers great flexibility for future alterations. It would allow the synthetic scheme to expand to other glycosidase probes with different linker/reporter combinations.