Success Story for:
Kathleen and Bob Brady of Oh That’s Good Food
The Oh That’s Good Food grocery store creates and markets healthy gluten-, nut- and soy-free products. The owners, Kathleen and Bob Brady, specialize in dry mixes and related items for home baking. Also offered is same-day delivery of baked goods that have been prepared to order in their facility.
Their challenge was how to prepare and market non-allergenic products while staying within the Tennessee Domestic Kitchen Law guidelines. The equipment available in local commercial kitchens had been used to prepare food to less stringent standards, so it was not an option for their planned product lines.
Kathleen had been preparing a limited range of items at home, and they had become popular among her acquaintances. She was at the point that she wanted to turn her home efforts into a business with her husband, an Army veteran who had attended an SBA-sponsored “Boots to Business” seminar at Fort Campbell.
The Austin Peay State University TSBDC reviewed the State Domestic Kitchen Law guidelines related to individual sales, catering and marketing through third-party outlets. They determined that Kathleen’s most favorable course of action would be to purchase new equipment and find a separate location to prepare her products and supply her customers.
The APSU office also reviewed the available TSBDC live training in Middle Tennessee for business planning, and Kathleen was provided a list of relevant Small Business Survival Training online modules.
Kathleen and Bob did end up ordering new equipment and opened their self-funded business in a building near downtown Clarksville. They capped off their first year with a highly successful holiday season as a local source of healthy products for those with food allergies. In early 2018, they are reinvesting profits into an upgrade of their showroom.
They have a Facebook page under their company name and a website at www.ohthatsgoodfood.com.
Local media coverage includes http://clarksvillenow.com/local/independent-grocery-store-offers-gluten-nut-and-soy-free-products/ and http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/life/2017/06/30/gluten-nut-and-soy-free-grocery-opens-clarksville/443018001/