Home Thyme has a kitchen niche

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STOCKTON – Shoppers looking for pots or pans or other routine kitchen items – a mixing bowl for example – won’t find much out of the ordinary at the Miracle Mile’s Home Thyme.

However, if the goal is to find a miniature ice cream scoop, butcher’s twine or specialty products for cleaning, then they’ve found the right spot.

At a glance

Company: Home Thyme

Location: 2111 Pacific Ave., Stockton

Owner: Lynn Fochs

Employees: two

What: specialty kitchen and cooking supplies

“I don’t carry the same things that you’ll find in any of the big boxes,” owner Lynn Fochs said. “I’m more into the specialty items – specific things that people are looking for.”

For example, she pointed to a product called e-cloth, an environmentally friendly cleaning product that only uses water and a microfiber cloth to clean the kitchen. “Just the weird little things that people are looking for,” she said. “The hardest thing is convincing some people that quality cookware can make such a big difference, even if you have to pay a little more for it.”

Fochs opened the storefront at 2111 Pacific Ave. in October. A home cook with an enthusiasm for tinkering with new recipes and ideas, she’s hopeful her new venture will add a needed element to the Miracle Mile and to nearby kitchens.

The store also has a demonstration kitchen where Fochs, and sometimes guest chefs, will host cooking classes on Saturdays. Fochs said pricing for the classes will vary depending on the demonstration and how much ingredients cost.

This summer, she hopes to launch a cooking class for children.

“I just think it would be a lot of fun,” she said.

Contact reporter Keith Reid at (209) 546-8257 or [email protected] Visit him at www.recordnet.com/lodiblog and on Twitter @KReidme.

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