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Grand Fete offers kitchen needs, classes and inspiration

Grand Fete owners, pictured from left, Lynn Ulrich, Jane Wegand and Kay Timm say their new shop will fill a niche in Hudson. The kitchen store is located on Second Street in Hudson. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia

After running Urban Olive and Vine for seven years, owner Kay Timm said something was still missing.

"We were fulfilling our customers' need with olive oil and vinegar, but there seemed to be a lot more interest in additional kitchen items," Timm said.

So she joined with Lynn Ulrich and Jane Wegand to open Grand Fete, a kitchen supply store located at 512 Second St. Together the three have experience in various aspects of business, including merchandising, buying and marketing.

"We all kind of bring something different to the table" Wegand said.

Open now, the store features a variety of kitchen items from pots and pans to table settings. Ulrich said the most important factor in everything they sell is quality.

"You'll also find whimsy, but quality is first," she said.

With all the different shops lining Second Street, Ulrich said this new store fills a niche.

"There really isn't a lot specific to kitchen, and we're specific to kitchen," Wegand said.

As the store was coming together, the owners had several people questioning if it would offer cooking and other food classes. In response, the three decided to add a kitchen in order to do just that.

"It's evident the public wants classes," Wegand said.

These classes will be held weekly, and kids classes will also be offered.

"That's going to be some fun," Ulrich said.

Like with the addition of classes, Wegand said the store will continue to be open to suggestions for products and services.

"We want to meet the needs of what they're looking for," she said.

As the store moves forward, Timm said it will probably continue to evolve as they learn more about their customers and their needs.

"It evolved before we even opened the doors," Wegand said.

The three wanted to keep the store in Hudson, along the main downtown area and close to Urban Olive and Vine, because the Hudson community provides a lot of support for businesses.

"Hudson is an extremely supportive group of people to retail. They want it to work because they want you to be here," Wegand said.

The retail community as well is very welcoming, Wegand said.

"We all want the guests to have a great experience and not have the same experience from door to door," she said.

Overall, Timm said the store is designed to inspire people — inspire them to cook, to entertain, to learn or just to try something new.

"We feel really good when they feel that way," Timm said.

So far, things seem to be going well.

"The guests have been absolutely fabulous," Ulrich said. "It's a pure joy."

Grand Fete will host a grand opening on Friday, July 21 with events scheduled throughout the weekend. A full class list is available on their Facebook page, and sign ups can be made over the phone or in the store.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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