One of our favorite things about the Market is meeting all the people who come in for a delicious meal. Recently, we met the seven (7!) Vollenweider sisters, who enjoyed Toppd Pizza, @redkitchentamales and @solailas_kitchen!
Thanks for joining us, ladies! 😁
You all guessed it! @CHEWOLOGYKC's best selling item the first year is the pork & cabbage gyoza, a staple dish on their menu. But those delicious dumplings have some competition. 🍜 Since their debut, the Omakase Noodles ("Chef's choice"), are outselling even the gyoza!
Congratulations to our friend Katie Liu-Sung, owner of @chewologykc for celebrating 1 year here at the Public Market!
Any guesses what the top selling item for the first year is? (We'll randomly pick one person who guesses to win a Lenexa Landmark T-Shirt at 8 a.m. Wednesday ~ And we'll give you the answer then!)
Sohaila's Kitchen is named after matriach and head chef Sohaila Humayon, but every member of the family plays an important role in making sure the business succeeds. We caught up with younger daughter Amna Humayon, who told us what excites her about the Lenexa Public Market and how she loves to break barriers through food.
Q. Describe your business concept for the Market.
A. Sohaila’s Kitchen in the Lenexa Public Market is our only location. Our business concept is simple: we want to provide fresh, authentic, homemade Pakistani/Indian cuisine. We love our small space, and our focus is the quality of the food.
Q. How’d you come up with the idea?
A. The matriarch of the Humayon family (and chef of Sohaila’s Kitchen), Sohaila, has had a passion for cooking since her early years in boarding school in Lahore, Pakistan. After getting married and moving to San Francisco, Sohaila owned a successful catering business in which she provided meals to start-ups in the Silicon Valley. When the Humayon family moved to Kansas, we recognized the need for authentic Pakistani cuisine in the Midwest. After hearing about the Lenexa Public Market, we immediately knew we wanted to be part of such a great place.
Q. What excites you about the Lenexa Public Market?
A. I love being able to break cultural, societal, and political barriers through something as simple as food. Sharing our rich Pakistani culture with customers and witnessing their eagerness to learn more is truly the best part. The Lenexa Public Market is a place where people connect over food — what’s better than that?! Q. What might surprise someone to know about your business?
A. Drum roll: our best-selling dish, the butter chicken bowl, is created by Ayesha (Sohaila’s older daughter)! Sohaila isn’t too fond of the dish and therefore has given Ayesha full reign on it. Ayesha has perfected a unique, one-of-a-kind butter chicken recipe you won’t find anywhere else! ... Read more about Sohaila's Kitchen at www.lenexapublicmarket.com / link in bio.
Picture this: A fresh grilled angus cheeseburger with pepper jack cheese, bacon, spicy onion rings, spicy dill pickles and spicy sauce ~ it doesn't get much better than that. And you can get it now at Mad Man's KC BBQ ~ Just ask for the Mad Burger!
🥄 Soup season is back at @redkitchentamales! Stop by for warm bowl of tortilla soup this week or creamy carrot soup next week. And coming soon ~ Mexican chicken soup and leek and potato soup.
Pair it with a breaded chicken or chile relleno torta for a good, hearty meal.
@serenesbakery's retail location inside the Market is closing, but you will still be able to order cakes, cookies and other goodies through their Facebook page. Get one last visit to their stall before Saturday ~ and watch our calendar for pop-up dates!
Meet the Merchant: Susan Hagenkord of @abitinobianco. We caught up with Susan Hagenkord, co-owner of Abitino Bianco. After a trial run as an occasional day cart in the Lenexa Public Market, she and business partner Ann Ernst took the next step and opened a little boutique.
Q. Describe your business.
A. Abitino Bianco aims to provide beautiful clothing collections, fashion and home accessories, and gifts that appeal to both mother and daughter. From well-produced staples through limited-edition and trend-led fashion pieces, unique home and gift items, as well as “Made in Italy” treasures.
Q. How’d you come up with the idea?
A. Four years ago, we were on a hiking trip in the Amalfi Coast of Italy. The airline lost our luggage, and we had to run into little boutiques every afternoon and find something to wear to dinner. We joked about how good we were at this, and we should open our own boutique. The next spring, we started Abitino Bianco as an online boutique. Its name means “little white dress” in Italian.
Q. What makes your business unique?
A. We offer fashions for both mothers and daughter, and pieces that they can share. We also really care about our community and make giving back a big part of our business plan.
Q. What is one thing you hope customers say after they leave your restaurant/shop?
A. I want you to feel welcome. I want to make you feel happy. I want to be the best I can be, and if I can help in any way encourage you and make you feel good, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
Q. Why should people support local businesses?
A. Customers have so many choices and with the boom of internet shopping, it is still nice to have interactions, customer service, and enjoyment of actually seeing and feeing the quality of items you might buy.
Q. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on?
A. We are working on our grand opening celebration. We will be having a fashion show at the Market so our friends and customers can see all the new fall and winter fashions.
Heading to the Kansas City Chiefs home opener against the 49ers this Sunday, or watching from home? Show your Arrowhead pride with a new — and super soft, we might add — Chiefs-themed tee or hoodie from @wegotyourbackapparel!
Two reasons to come to the Market today:
1. Saffron Rice and Chicken Skewers from @sohailaskitchen. They're serving them today and Saturday only, so get them before they're gone!
2. Live music with Andrew Kasab tonight from 5-8, courtesy of @theroasterie.
💭 Hey young adults: What do you want Lenexa to be like in 2040? Stop by the Public Market today (3 p.m. or 4 p.m.) or Sunday (11 a.m. or noon) to give us your input, win prizes and help craft the future of Lenexa! #Lenexa2040
Looking for a fun teacher gift? 🍎 ✏️ 📝⭐️ Check out these cute cookie boxes available at @serenesbakery! They'll have them in their shop beginning Aug. 7, but you can guarantee to get one or a few if you pre-order by July 31!