It's not very often, maybe once or twice a year, that I choose to share a story with you in this space after someone appears on our Sunday morning television show.
One of the instances of cross-pollination came up last week in the form of a young lady in Savannah's Victorian District who moved here not quite a year ago with a dream to do what she loves in a city that would embrace her vision.
Jen Krzmarzick and her husband came to Savannah in the past year. They met in South Korea a handful of years ago, got married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. Three or so years later, they received orders to move to Fort Stewart. Savannah would be home for a while.
While in Alaska, Jen took her talents as a baker and turned them into something of a hobby/business while she awaited her green card. You see, Jen is Canadian and required the documentation to find full-time employment. Before she could become official on U.S. soil, her cookie and baking enterprise had taken off to the point where she kind of knew that is what she would be doing.
When the time came to move to Savannah, the plan was to buy a house with a large enough kitchen and front room space to operate a small tea room - an elegant little hideaway where tourists and locals could come enjoy freshly brewed teas and homemade baked goods.
It all fell together in a home on 31st Street near Price Street in the heart of Savannah. Those who aren't familiar with the area may think it to be a questionable part of town for a tea room. All it takes it one trip to the Kitchen Vixen to see that their neighborhood is just one of a flurry of areas in central Savannah that has welcomed young professional couples and families.
About six weeks ago, Jen opened for the first time on Saturday mornings to a full house. That full house was due in no small part to her aggressive marketing and promotion as she ramped up her newbie business. I had seen her work, but watched via social media how the Kitchen Vixen made inroads with Savannah's social scene in less than a year. It takes others much, much longer than that.
If you get Bunny Ware at one of your events, you are on the right track. Jen was pushing all of the right buttons, including one night in October when she approached me at a gala. She told me I needed to know who she was. Frankly, I admired the bravado, but I already knew of her work. Her talents as an artist are obvious.
There was a tiny bump in the road with the city of Savannah regarding exactly what she was and wasn't allowed to do in her space, but that has been evened out. How this circles back to our television show is that the issue with the city was resolved after our deadline for TV. I couldn't mention her tea room on the show because we didn't know when it would be able to re-open.
The Kitchen Vixen's first Saturday back on the grid as a bona fide tea room comes up Dec. 23. It will be part celebration of the return of her tea room, but also part offering of Christmas cheer. If you are in the area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, stop by say hello and see why you should keep the Kitchen Vixen in mind for your cookie and sweets needs going forward.
See you on TV,
KITCHEN VIXEN BAKERY &TEA ROOM
Address: 426 E. 31st St.
Hours: Tea room open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 23
Info: 503-444-0460, kitchenvixenbakery.com
Speaking of our TV show, we featured three Savannah women making some amazing products at home. Yes, out of their kitchens. Another young lady we featured owns De Colores Cookies y Mas. She will be part of a holiday pop-up shop from 3-6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Capital Bee Company, 421 E. Broughton St. Stop by and see how talented Ely Rooney is.
Not too early to talk about plans for New Year's Day. The Grey is hosting a patio party Jan. 1. They'll offer you a plate of Hoppin' John and cornbread and all-you-can-eat oysters, plus a Service Brewing draft for $25. We will see you there.
Looking for a last-minute surprise for your significant other? Grab a couple of tickets to our Fried Chicken and Champagne Dinner on Jan. 18. Less than 20 tickets remain and we are less than a month out. Don't delay. We will sell out. Find more information and tickets at eatitandlikeit.com.
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