SWANZEY — A local granola maker is celebrating an upgrade from a shared commercial kitchen to a solo operation.
Maple Nut Kitchen specializes in flavorful granola mixes that are sold across the country, as well as area in stores like Hannaford, the Monadnock Food Co-Op and the Hannah Grimes Marketplace.
The business will host an open house Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at its new facility at 33 Prospect St. in Swanzey. Owner Vivian Lindblom said guests can enjoy tours of the new building, granola samples, wine and light refreshments.
Prior to the move, Lindblom said Maple Nut Kitchen bounced around between shared commercial kitchens. In April 2014, she purchased a small granola company, rebranded it and grew the business into Maple Nut Kitchen.
For the first chapter of the company’s life, it was housed in Neighbor Made Kitchen, at 52 Dunbar St. in Keene, with up to a dozen other businesses. When Neighbor Made closed in late 2015, Lindblom said her company struggled to find a new space, sometimes traveling as far as Derry to another kitchen incubator.
Lindblom moved back to the Dunbar Street building in mid-2016 and has since shared the space with MamaSezz, which provides ready-made, plant-based meals.
“It started to feel very cramped,” Lindblom said, “and we were growing.”
For the first time in the company’s history, Maple Nut Kitchen moved into its own leased space in January. Marketing director Leanna Houle said the new facility gives the business flexibility and room to grow.
“If you’re sharing a kitchen, you can’t do that,” Houle said.
For more information about the open house, find the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maplenutkitchen.