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Local food business opens first brick and mortar store amid pandemic

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 20:02:11-04

Amy and Jaime of Amy & Jaime's Veggie Pods celebrated the opening of their first brick and mortar store in Templeton Wednesday.

The couple was originally demoing their Veggie Pods (3oz cups of nutrients made from produce and herbs) at grocery stores but could no longer do that when the pandemic began. Around the same time, The Wellness Kitchen closed its doors. The couple moved into that storefront and opened Amy & Jaime's Place..

Amy & Jaime's Place serves local, fresh food and products from Central Coast businesses. They also feature vegan, gluten-free and paleo items.

"So it's going to be one of those spots, kind of like in New York, where you go in and you don't even know what's on the menu," said Amy Paniagua, owner of Amy & Jaime's Place. "That's kind of like what we are going to do here because sometimes (Jaime) just decides to empty the fridge and create something."

The couple has partnered with 25 vendors. most from the Central Coast. Those businesses include Old West Cinnamon Rolls, SloDoCo Donuts, Whalebird Kombucha, Vreamery Vegan Cheeses, Negranti Ice Cream, and Joebella Coffee.

The cafe will also feature bread from Arcangeli Grocery, a family run bakery founded in Pescadero in 1929, and honey from Sierra Honey Farm, owned by a third generation beekeeper.

For a full list of their partners, visit their website.

Amy & Jaime's Place is offering curbside, walk-in and delivery service.