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Local Flavor Cafe grand opening

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For this business, good food comes in local packages. Karen Tararache tells us how one family is helping people in Watervliet and beyond eat fresh!


WATERVLIET, N.Y.-- "Our tagline is good food your neighbors made," said Local Flavor Cafe owner Jim Flynn.

And he would know! The Flynns live right down the block from the Local Flavor Cafe. After creating their own line of gourmet cheese spreads, the family wanted to provide a place where local businesses could share their homemade products, too.

"It is exciting because it's a cooperative effort," said Heidi Flynn. "There has been so many people that have come together for this and it's a very community oriented, evolved, sense of pride for everybody around here."

With 20 local suppliers providing fresh direct food to the Local Flavor Cafe, only two of those vendors get to cook straight out of this kitchen.

"We make muffins, cupcakes, cakes, pies, pretty much anything you can think of, banana bread. I started Caroline's Kitchen with my sister, Missy. We both are bakers. We come from a long line of Southern ladies with a passion for cooking," said Amanda Stark, one of the cafes resident vendors.

You may also find Amanda outside of the kitchen helping Heidi Flynn around the cafe.

"What she sells we pay her for," explained Jim Flynn. "The best way to describe this is we're a modified co-op. In a modified co-op you rent space or in her case she trades kitchen time and what they make we pay them for."

Jim Flynn says there's another added bonus to bringing local eats to 19th Street.

"The food is fresher and the money stays right in the community."

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