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Local Jam Business Rents Out Commercial Kitchen

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One local woman has expanded her small jam business from her own home, into a 2,000 square foot commercial kitchen.

Now, she's renting out space, in hopes of helping other small businesses reach their full potential.

Erin Horner said her commercial kitchen is the only one of its kind in Missoula.

Horner said she opened it up to help businesses just like hers produce more local food products to meet demand in Missoula.

She said she sells 120 jars of "Mama's Pantry" jam every weekend the Missoula farmer's market -- a business she's grown out of her own kitchen over the past seven years.

"So, we've really been able to have a really good base of customers and made a lot of friends here in Missoula."

Horner said she's able to sell her homemade jams at the market through a loophole in Montana law.

"I can't sell outside of the market, and to do that, I have to work out of a commercial kitchen," she said.

But, Horner said the only health department certified kitchen she could find, were in restaurants, and only available late at night after closing.

"The great part about Missoula is that there's so many people that want to buy, you know, want to support small business entrepreneurs and their products, but we didn't really have a place to go to make that product."

After three years of searching, Horner discovered the commercial kitchen in the Holiday Village Shopping Center just off Brooks Street.

She said since opening the doors in September, several small food businesses and food truck vendors have already put it to use.

"We have people that are looking to do cooking classes, private cooking classes that want to come in, there are chefs that are interested in using the kitchen," she added.

Horner said the space includes a food prep area, a flat top grill and stove, deep fat fryer, a walk in freezer and plenty of storage space.

"This is available and we want people to come in and use our kitchen."

The commercial kitchen is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To find out how to book an appointment at the kitchen, click here.

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