On most winter days, King Arthur Flour is a warm retreat offering a cafe, a world class kitchen shop and baking classes, but yesterday it was a bustling shoppers haven as folks loaded up on holiday gifts during their 20 percent off sale.
There are trail hikes that lead right up to the wood clad building, but driving is just fine too and it is only a mile and three quarters from the Carriage House to King Arthur. (Vermont Public Radio is also hosted in this building.) My girls and I headed up to do some credit card damage in the kitchen shop after they came home from school, but we also stopped in the cafe to enjoy hot cocoa, hot coffee and some sweets. It was such a fun time to be there as it was packed with smiling, happy people. The staff too seemed to be having a great time. King Arthur is well loved in this community particularly because they are staff owned and they practice the values that so many people in the Upper Valley share, such as taking care of people, living in community and providing a living wage. King Arthur Flour is so much more than just a coffee shop or just a kitchen store. There is a touching, considerate spirit there that you can’t help but experience.