From vacationers to becoming business owners in Prince Edward County.
Jenny & Kyle Otsuka fell in love with The County after spending many weekends here as visitors. Their desire to experience a new way of life led them to creating a plan to open a business that combined their passion of cooking and business.
Following a move from Toronto to The County, Jenny and Kyle got started by first retrofitting an old laundromat on Picton Main Street. In 2012, they opened the doors to Zest Kitchen Shop and after more than two years, their hard work has paid off. Catering to both internal and external markets, they have capitalized on the busy season, when thousands of tourists flock to The County, while stocking items that meet the needs of local people who support the store year-round. They have built a foundation of loyal, returning customers.
“We are trying to create a shop where people feel they can find that one little gadget they are looking for, and at the same time create a fun shopping experience,” Jenny notes. “We carry products such as baking kits, knives, bowls, kitchen ware as well as one-of-a kind products created by local artisans such as locally-crafted cutting boards.”
Zest Kitchen Shop has been described as “an awesome find in small town Ontario and a treasure trove of goodies for those that love to cook and acquire kitchen gadgets.” In addition to carrying kitchen supplies, a selection of Canadian cookbooks and author meet’ n greets and book signings keep kitchen enthusiasts coming back for more.
Now that Zest is a fixture on Picton Main Street, Jenny’s next step is to expand by offering kitchen workshops and courses. Kitchen enthusiasts can look forward to knife skill workshops – hosted by local culinary experts – general kitchen how-to’s, new product showcases and more.
To visit or find out more information about Zest Kitchen Shop please contact:
Zest Kitchen Shop
192 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
Quinte Regions New Business of the Year Award was presented to Jenny & Kyle Otsuka, Co-owners of Zest Kitchen Shop in Picton. The award was presented at the Quinte Business Achievement Awards on October 24, 2014. The Quinte Business Achievement Awards (QBAA) are presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across the Bay of Quinte region. These awards recognize outstanding businesses, not-for-profit organizations and business leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship, business growth, company practices, product innovations, customer service, stewardship, marketing success and community service.