When you walk into the St. James Marketplace Cafe, you never know exactly what you might find baking in the oven or bubbling on the stovetop. What began as a farmers’ market produce stand has grown to be St. James’s most popular cafe and catering business.
“I had been very successful at two local farmers’ markets with breads, pies, cakes, cookies, and jellies, with customers lamenting the end of the summer season. I decided it was time to step out on faith,” says Deb Kleinheider, who with her mother, Helen Branson, opened the restaurant in December 2013.
“We had driven by one location for several days,” Helen says. “When we walked in and saw the pass-through between a large kitchen and living room, it clicked.”
On any given day, one of forty different soups will be simmering in the kitchen. One fan favorite—the loaded baked potato soup—is available every day. Besides the large variety of soups, St. James Marketplace Cafe offers freshly baked bread, and Deb and Helen whip up their own salad dressings and sandwich spreads.
“Every day, the large convection oven is filled with our own breads, both savory and sweet, ranging from focaccia to dill to Asiago cheese,” Deb says. The cafe is open from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday.—Lori A. Addington
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