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Check Out Susan Michaels’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Michaels.

Hi Susan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I began cooking classes at an existing kitchen store in Owego, NY while working full-time at a local bank. Our town had a major flood, and the kitchen store went out of business. I decided to open my store with a concentration on cooking classes. I was in business for 6 years before moving to Wake Forest. I have been in business for 4 years at 708 N. Main St. Wake Forest; I specialize in affordable social cooking classes and selling small kitchen gadgets. I enjoy bringing international flavors to my classes. My classes usually run for 3 hours, with 2 of the hours as prep and cooking time, with the last hour eating around a large table, sharing the food, and talking socially. I am not a classically trained chef, but I am a good home cook who can translate recipes that everyone can grasp. I enjoy setting up unique cooking experiences for all sorts of groups. I also work one on one with children.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Covid was a struggle as I did close the store for 2 months, but I think I have bounced back. Our location is a bit of a challenge as I am located just past the historic district on N. Main and not in the downtown of Wake Forest.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a one-woman show! I create the cooking class schedules, shop for the best ingredients, guide the classes, and clean up. What you are getting is my attention to each person who comes to class. Need some help chopping that onion? I can show you the most effective way; how to cut up a whole chicken, let’s do it together; make that pumpkin roll, there is a technique. It has been said I have a lot of patience with children from 5-17. I believe it goes back to when I did many mini-classes with special needs kids and young people back in NY.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those just starting.
Follow your passion. I consider my work at The Kitchen Store NC fun, not like working at all!


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