‘It’s a family’ bringing high-end culinary retail to Columbia

Table of Contents A ‘multi-layered’ business‘It’s all one big family’ In April of 2020, right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Dotted Lime owners chef Paul Jensen and his wife, Chrissy Jensen, had to get creative in order to keep their restaurant afloat. This included offering curbside pickup or […]

In April of 2020, right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Dotted Lime owners chef Paul Jensen and his wife, Chrissy Jensen, had to get creative in order to keep their restaurant afloat. This included offering curbside pickup or to-go “take-and-bake” options. 

With many of their regular customers stuck at home and having to cook for themselves, the Jensens were regularly asked what tools they use in the kitchen, such as the best knives, pots, pans and baking ingredients.

“More and more, people were staying home and either rekindling their love for cooking at home, or learning how to cook at home,” Paul said. “As a chef, I get asked all the time ‘What kind of knives do you use? What pots do you recommend? How can I make pasta or the perfect ravioli?'”

Lime & Loaf offers a versatile experience for customers, from high-end retail kitchenware to cooking classes and foods available daily at the downtown Columbia shop, which is set to open this weekend.

As more customers continued inquiring about how to be their best at-home chef, the Jensens saw an opportunity to expand The Dotted Lime to provide the best kitchenware available locally.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to bring some high-end cutlery, pots and pans and other kitchen utensils to the people of Columbia,” Paul Jensen said.

Around the same time, Smith & York Co. modern home boutique owners Adam and Kathryn York were in the midst of their own business-related crossroad, having just freed up a large space in the back of their shop.

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