Anyone who knows me has heard my infamous cooking stories. In fact, I have become notorious for what NOT to do when using a stove/oven. Yet, I haven’t met a cooking show that didn’t suck me in. I also have a collection of cookbooks that family and friends have given me over the years, in hope that I might actually learn to cook one day. (This is where I insert a good ol’ Southern “Bless their hearts.”) Still, when I heard about the new kitchen specialty store on Franklin Street, I knew I had to check it out. I figured if the staff could make me want to cook, the rest of the Tri-State would easily fall in love with the store.
“Thyme in the Kitchen” opened the day the recent snowstorm hit Evansville, so I had to wait almost a week before visiting. (They were open. I just couldn’t get there.) It was worth the wait. Upon walking in the store, I was greeted by several friendly employees. They showed me around the store and were extremely willing to entertain my questions. Each time I shared with them one of my cooking horror stories, they reminded me that the store will be offering cooking classes after the first of the year. They assured me that I would enjoy them and learn as much as I wanted. Either they humored me or they wanted a challenge. Regardless, I warned them that I do plan on attending some of the classes.
Besides the friendly staff, the most noticeable aspect of the store for me was the design/layout. Displays were organized and colorful. There was a wide range of items and prices available. In the rear of the store, there was an absolutely gorgeous full-sized kitchen, filled with holiday items and decor. I was blown away by how the store screamed “fun” to me. It made me want to cook, so I knew it was a success. In fact, I ended up buying several Christmas presents for family & friends, as well as a few for myself.
While at the register, my sales associate Kristel asked if I had met Marcia, the owner of the store. Despite there being a steady stream of traffic in the store and several vendors present, Marcia took the time to speak with me and made sure I knew how much she appreciated my business. I assured her I would definitely be back and planned to share their information with everyone I knew. She expressed sincere appreciation for the support.