#FredericksburgFridays Episode 6 – In this episode, we chat with Kathy Craddock, owner of Kickshaws Downtown Market and Kickshaws Kitchen.
Our mission with Fredericksburg Fridays is to spotlight local businesses and community organizations in Fredericksburg, Va. We want to show you what they offer the community, and we want to show you the people behind those businesses. To that end, here is Kickshaws Downtown Market and Kickshaws Kitchen…
If you or someone you know has dietary concerns and restrictions, then I know someone that YOU need to know. That is Kathy Craddock at Kickshaws Downtown Market and Kickshaws Kitchen.
Kickshaws Downtown Market specializes in local, organic and natural foods targeted toward specialty diets. Spend a little time with Kathy and look around the store and it quickly becomes evident that they offer a lot of specific dietary items that just are not available anywhere else in the area.
Through the course of developing the market portion of the business, Kathy realized a need for a kitchen. Now, this isn’t just any kitchen or restaurant. It is a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. In fact, Kathy says, it is the only dedicated gluten-free kitchen between Fairfax and Richmond.
The importance of that statement was initially lost on me. That was until she helped me understand the importance by telling me some of the children who come to eat in her kitchen have never had the opportunity to eat in a restaurant before. Their dietary issues prevented that from happening until Kickshaws Kitchen came into existence.
The most successful businesses involve a passion for something other than money. That passion was easy to see during my time interviewing Kathy. Her business isn’t about money, it is about providing help to people who have precious few places to turn for help.
Her passion is born out of empathy. She has lived the circumstances that many of her customers are living. Kathy is very transparent in that fact and about the health history that led to the market becoming a business. Kathy found herself backed into a corner with medical issues plaguing her family and no real resolution forthcoming. Through a lot of testing and elimination, she began to learn just how big of an impact diet played into the overall health picture she was dealing with.
If the obvious passion were not enough to make me a raving fan of Kathy and her business, one other factor certainly would have swayed me. It was apparent that Kathy was uncomfortable shooting the video for Fredericksburg Fridays. But, she muscled through that uncomfortable feeling, I believe purely out of a passion for her customers.
It would be awesome if the story ended there, but it doesn’t. I have received the personal testimony of people who are so thankful that they now know about Kickshaws Downtown Market and how they are now a resource in dealing with their dietary issues. I love that fact that we were able to help perhaps a few people with their struggles by making the introduction to Kathy and her business. Meanwhile, Kathy will go on helping a large number of people, and she will do it in her quiet, unassuming way.
The point of all that is that Kathy has become a seriously valuable resource for folks who need both organic and gluten-free products, and she carries the foods and products you need in her market. Plus, she UNDERSTANDS what you are going through.
But, hey, she can tell the story better than I can write it. Check out the video below and hustle on down to Kickshaws Downtown Market. You are going to love Kathy and love her business.