Grand Fête, an independent housewares store and cooking school, has opened in Hudson, WI. The store is owned by Lynn Ulrich, Jane Wegand and Kay Timm.
According to local media outlet Hudson Star Observer, Timm owned Urban Olive and Vine for seven years, however, she noted that customers had interest in additional kitchen items. She then tapped Ulrich and Wegand to go into business with her, and Grand Fête was born.
While the store wasn’t meant to have a kitchen at first, inquiries from potential customers about if there would be classes sparked the women to add a kitchen and roster of classes to the business.
“The guests have been absolutely fabulous,” Ulrich told the Hudson Star Observer about opening the store. “It’s a pure joy.”
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