The Spice Rack, owned and operated by Judy and David Klee, opened its doors at 222 W. Main St. in Cherokee in June 2006, and they have provided services unique to Cherokee throughout the ensuing three years - Judy with her baked-from-scratch, fresh-from-the-oven, delicious pastries and an assortment of various and sundry hard-to-find items for the kitchen and other rooms in the house, and David - an accomplished musician and music educator - with his state-of-the-art recording studio available to musicians throughout the area to "lay down some tracks."
In June of this year, the Klees decided to make some changes in the looks and the focus of their business, and The Spice Rack is now better than ever as we head into the Holiday season.
To accomplish this, the Klees reduced some of the inventory they had on the shelves - items that weren't "moving"- and rebuilt the entire front end of the store, with construction work headed up by Jimmy Davis, gutting the structure all the way through to the basement to ensure there would be no water leakage on to David's costly recording equipment in the basement studio.
Another new addition is a small stage in the northwest corner of the room, and David plans to begin providing lunch-time entertainment in the month of December - again something unique in Cherokee. David, who has a doctorate of music and is the band director at Buena Vista University, jokingly said that his dinner music would probably be "Led Zeppelin" or perhaps "Metallica," but I think it will probably be a little tamer "dinner music." But who knows? Whatever the customers want, right?
Judy also hopes to perhaps schedule more entertainment later, possibly even in the evenings, though she also stressed that she certainly doesn't want to "step on the toes" of her kindly neighboring business, The Gathering Place, in that area. Judy also said that she plans to make the front room available for small groups to use in the evening for small events.
They are, however open for business from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., and people can feel free to come in and buy some fresh-baked goodies to take out - or eat in.
The Spice Rack is also starting something new this coming Monday, November 30 - "Souper Monday." Every Monday during lunch time, from 11:30 - 1 p.m., customers can get a bowl of whatever flavor of soup Judy has chosen to cook up that day for just $1.