Colonel De Stewart to Open New Spice Shop in Ft. Thomas
It all started with a cooking segment on a local Northern Kentucky cable show.
De Stewart, known as “The Businessman Chef”, wanted to show how spices and herbs could change the flavor of common foods. When people began asking where the spices could be purchased, an idea was born. Initially, De and his wife, Susan Stewart, with two card tables and 15 products, began selling custom blends at local farmers’ markets. It was at one of those markets that Findlay Market asked if they would be interested in a small space in the newly renovated Market House. In a space of less than 500 sq. ft. and with about 75 items, in February of 2006, Colonel De opened. In less than six months, the store was bursting at the seams.
Fast forward to 2016. Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices now has stores in Historic Findlay Market, Jungle Jim's at Eastgate, the Friendly Market in Northern Kentucky, and now their highly anticipated fourth location at 18 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas opens on April 29 to the public at 10:00 a.m.
“Since leasing our space in the beautiful Hiland Building back in January, we have people asking every day ‘When are you opening?’ Well, Friday, April 29 is the day,” said Colonel De Stewart. “We hope to add to the already amazing community of Fort Thomas by offering spices, blends both wet and dry from all over the world to our customers table," said Colonel De Stewart.
The retail space at the Fort Thomas location is 1,300 square feet with an art deco style décor, which is similar to their Jungle Jim’s location in Eastgate. Free parking is available. The Fort Thomas location hours of business are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday noon-4:00 p.m.
The Fort Thomas location is special because it is the new world headquarters for the company. Colonel De’s Production Kitchen is housed in this facility. Having their own production kitchen will help promote consistency of product and freshness for the four retail stores, online orders and for local, national and international chefs who use Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices.
Coming in July to the Fort Thomas location will be the Colonel’s Teaching Kitchen. This unique idea is the brainchild of Colonel De himself so that he can share with people hands on how to make the best of cooking spices.
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