LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's more than just a name.
"The name means friends and family," Tim Jermyn, owner of Kith & Kin Bakeshop and Bistro said. "We think of our customers as friends and family."
Kith & Kin taking on a whole new meaning for the business in Lockport. It's more than just a place to eat, it's a staple for people with Celiac Disease.
"Your body cannot process gluten which is found in wheat, rye, and barley," owner Lisa Krull-Jermyn said. "It's hidden in a lot of things too so you have to be really careful and be avid label readers."
The disease hits close to home for the Jermyn family after their kids were diagnosed years ago. It's why they opened this 100% gluten-free facility.
"When we first started hearing the term essential services, I was thinking we're essential," said Lisa. "There's a lot of things we provide for people and I was just hoping we would make that list for essential services and I'm glad that we did."
People with Celiac can't eat at everyday restaurants because of the risk of cross-contamination. That's why Kith & Kin isn't just open for business, they're providing an affordable and safe place to eat.
"It's really heart-warming that we can do this for everybody," Tim said. "They're the reason why we're here so it's great to be doing it still."
The word has spread and the customers are happy to see these doors remain open. They're offering curbside pickup and delivery for their daily selection of baked goods, soup, and frozen meals.
Lisa: "I've been inundated with thank you's from customers leaving Facebook messages," Lisa said. "They're like I'm glad you're still open, I don't know what I would do without you. It's very endearing."
An essential business staying open for those who need it most because like their name says, they're all friends and family.