Quinci Emporium Announces Prepared Food Offering, New Business Partner
Cookware retailer the Quinci Emporium first opened its doors in April 2016 to offer kitchen gadgets, dishes, glassware, novelty items, and packaged imported foods to the Short North. In February 2017, the store began offering kitchen demonstrations and cooking classes, as well as fresh cheeses and curated boutique wines.
The Quinci Emporium’s latest phase moves toward take-away foods, prepared by baker and pastry chef Adam Poland. Poland was previously the manager and head baker at Eleni Christina Bakery and line cook at Rigsby’s Kitchen.
“I am so excited to announce that we are growing to now include handmade foods,” said Deborah Quinci, the store’s founder and namesake. “My dream has always been to offer a full-service emporium, recreating my life as a child growing up in Italy.”
With the expansion, Quinci Emporium also welcomes an additional business partner, Kevin Hurst. Hurst’s background is in marketing, public relations, and philanthropy, previously as the former vice president of community development with Chase Home Finance and the national director of philanthropy for Neiman Marcus Group.
“Quinci Emporium brings together all of my epicurean passions; cooking, wine, and exquisite food,” said Hurst. “Mentally, I have been on Deborah and Connie’s journey since 2016. In fact, I was a little envious that it was happening without me.”
“The growth and success of Quinci has been beyond our wildest dreams,” says business partner and co-founder Connie Klema.
“Like a lot of businesses in Short North, this past year has been a bit of a challenge with the construction, however, the city’s investment in making the district a more viable and pedestrian-friendly community inspired us,” she continues, “With this type of expansion, comes a different need in skill set.”
For more information on the Quinci Emporium, visit quinciemporium.com.