The native “mom-owned” enterprise Kiln & Co. has relocated its principal retailer to a brand new spot on Church Avenue in Vienna.
After greater than seven years at 138 Church Avenue NW, the pottery/frozen custard store reopened on July 2 at 115 Church Avenue, the house beforehand occupied by Church Street Pizza, which moved across the nook to a Maple Avenue tackle earlier this year.
Sarah Selvaraj, who began Kiln & Co. in 2013 as a pottery shop, says the relocation was one among a number of adjustments to the enterprise caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID was a problem for us like many small companies,” Selvaraj stated. “When the within of the studio was closed, we needed to get artistic in an effort to nonetheless have the ability to serve our buyer base.”
Along with downsizing to the smaller Vienna venue, Kiln & Co. bought its Reston location. Selvaraj confirmed that the Lake Anne Plaza retailer has closed completely, although it’s listed as simply “closed for the season” on the corporate’s website.
When the pandemic shut most retail companies down within the spring of 2020, Kiln & Co. created a month-to-month subscription service and a supply service for custard and do-it-yourself pottery kits.
Whereas Kiln & Co. is now open once more for walk-in clients at its Vienna and Falls Church (455 South Maple Avenue) studios, workers are nonetheless required to put on masks always, and the enterprise is “following all the CDC tips to offer a secure surroundings for all,” Selvaraj says.
Particulars for a grand opening celebration for the brand new Vienna location on Sept. 6 will likely be introduced by means of the corporate’s social media.
“We are actually proper off of the bike path making it simple for individuals to cease in to get pleasure from some custard and the house provides us the right quantity of room for our studio in addition to a separate space for lessons, birthday events and occasions,” Selvaraj stated.