“So very humbled to receive this recognition. So lucky to be included in a group filled with dynamic people from around our county,” Cahill wrote on the store’s Facebook page.
Cahill opened The Kitchen Chick in 2012. The store opened and was met with a warm welcome from the community, so much so that Cahill added cooking classes about six months later. “I call this the pioneering days,” she said. “We didn’t have a kitchen, so anytime I had a cooking class, I would clear off this large table we had in the middle, bring in stools and portable units and people would just cook there in the middle of the merchandise,” she said.
But, it seemed, her patrons didn’t mind one bit. By the store’s first anniversary, she had to lease the space next door to expand the business from 800 square feet to 1,500 square feet, although, she said, much of it become a dedicated cooking class area.
However, five years later, the business was still growing. Cahill was adding new items, bringing in things that her customers loved and asked for. And, while that was happening, the store’s cooking classes were becoming increasingly popular. It may seem like a good problem to have, but it was a dilemma for Cahill.
“The store was, well, in real estate they use the word cozy, but it was cramped and it wasn’t working on any level,” she said. “I just got to the point where I knew I was going to have to grow or close, even though the store was charming.”
And after a few months of searching, Cahill found the place The Kitchen Chick now calls home, almost by accident. A 10,000 square foot building that had been vacant for years was mentioned a few times by a friend. So, she went to see it and in June of 2017, she purchased the building. She officially opened the new location in January 2018.