Situated down the alley at Pike Place Market, past the first Starbucks, and right before the 'Taxi Dogs' sign, is the brand new Kitchen & Market. A longtime dream for founder and owner, Stephanie King. This market offers restaurant-quality meal kits alongside everyday groceries.
A Pandemic Pivot
At first, Kitchen & Market was supposed to launch in 2020. Given the pandemic, Stephanie knew she had to pivot. That year, she launched a delivery and pick-up meal kit service in Seattle. Although her business model was different, one thing remained the same - her "passion for bringing people together through good food."
Cooking Up Something Good
Although plans for Kitchen & Market had to be flexible, Stephanie kept her original business plan strong. Like most new entrepreneurs, Stephanie notes "I had no idea what a business plan could, should, or would entail," she turned to Business Impact NW's Washington Women's Business Center to help her launch her business. Stephanie attended Launch & Grow, our intensive 7-week program for new and early-stage entrepreneurs to get their business off the ground. Stephanie notes, "I used the course to genuinely write my business plan."
As 2021 came to a close, about a year and a half after Kitchen & Market's original opening date - it finally opened at the historic Pike Place Market. Alongside her growing team and her daughter, Hannah - Stephanie opened the doors to Kitchen & Market on November 6th, 2021. The fresh white walls with handwritten text went up. They welcome all who pass by to come in and answer the daily question of, 'What's for Dinner?'.
Good Things in Store
Now, Kitchen & Market is aiming to establish itself as a staple for many busy families and individuals that face the daily dilemma of what to eat. The market is unique, as Stephanie describes it as, "if Dean & Deluca and Trader Joe's made a Blue Apron Baby." Inside this market within a market, there are a plethora of options for your average grocery needs, but also some unique finds, especially in the meal kit section. The spacious and easy-to-navigate space is built through the goal Stephanie envisioned, "To make it easier for busy people to take care of each other."
We're so beyond proud of all Stephanie has accomplished and the team she is growing at Kitchen & Market. We are so thrilled to be a part of every step of her journey.
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Carolina is responsible for leading the Marketing and Communications department. She has a vast professional experience in marketing, market research and consulting, working with clients and organizations across many industries and in multiple Latin American countries. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad Austral de Chile, a Master of Finance from Universidad de Chile, and a Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, watching documentaries and volunteering.