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Downtown Market vendor opens second location

August 9, 2016
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Making Thyme Kitchen
Making Thyme Kitchen sells ready-to-cook meals and ready-to-eat sides and salads. Photo via fb.com

A Downtown Market vendor has opened another location in town focused on retail sales.

Making Thyme Kitchen said it has opened its second location in Grand Rapids, at 5280 Northland Dr. NE, to provide “nutritious options for quick meals” to neighborhoods “filled with fast food and chain restaurants.”

Making Thyme Kitchen makes and sells ready-to-cook meals and ready-to-eat sides and salads at its Downtown Market location. The business also offers delivery.

Customers can stop in at the new location and pick up entrees, sides and salads.

Making Thyme's offerings will continue to be prepared at its Downtown Market location, which includes its kitchen space.

Making Thyme has been in operation since 2005 and is operated by the husband-and-wife team of Ken Bryan and Karen Bryan.

It was originally located on Cherry Street, before relocating to the Downtown Market as one of the Indoor Hall’s opening tenants.

“We started with delivery only, added retail to a kitchen and now have our first retail-only store,” Ken Bryan said.

Making Thyme provides a local option to national dinner kit competitors like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, which offer subscription meal services that consist of ingredients that need to be assembled before cooking.

Making Thyme also focuses on locally sourced ingredients in its meals.

After participating in the West Michigan Co-Op, the Bryans now regularly tap into a network of local sources to create their dishes.

“Michigan is an amazing resource for ingredients: dried beans, honey, maple syrup, herbs and greens, meats, eggs, fruits — dried and fresh — sugar and an abundance of seasonal vegetables, all can be sourced right here,” Bryan said.

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