Becki Melvie, owner of Buffalo and Excelsior, MN-based The Abundant Kitchen, always had an entrepreneurial streak within her, she told GOURMET INSIDER in a recent interview. And after going through an intensive culinary training, working for Whole Foods and even starting up a blog, she knew that owning her own food-focused business would be the end game.
“I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, I’ve always had that in me. So, as I was getting some experience in the industry, I was formulating my own business plan and from that came The Abundant Kitchen,” she said, opening her first location in Buffalo, MN in 2017. After seeing success there, she planned for a second location, opening the Excelsior, MN store in November 2019.
One of the reasons she feels her business has become successful is that she isn’t shy about putting a name to the face behind the brand, something that big box and online retailers don’t do.
“You are buying a little bit of Becki when you come to The Abundant Kitchen,” she said.
Take a look at some of the merchandising displays that Melvie puts together at her two MN-based locations.
Want to peek inside a few more stores? Check out Cooks’ Emporium, located in Ames, IA; take a look inside Williston, ND-based Cooks On Main; or virtually shop around Feast Gourmet Kitchen Shop in Fenton, MI.