Steve's Jams & Jellies is "expanding operations big time" with new space at Towne West Square, and owner Ken Smith is inviting a number of friends from the farmer's market at 21st and Ridge Road to sell in the 3,200-square-foot space as well.
"So it's going to be kind of a Kansas sampler type of thing," he says.
Smith has been selling what he calls his "uniquely, sinfully delicious" jams and jellies in 600 square feet at 2555 W. Pawnee.
Then he did a trial run at Towne West by setting up in front of the Express store every weekend.
"So I thought, well, this will be a good way for me to gauge whether this is really viable," he says. "The response has been phenomenal."
In addition to being a more convenient site for a lot of his existing customers, Smith says he's picking up a lot of new ones, too.
Steve's Jams & Jellies is named for Smith's late husband, Steve Einsel, who started the business.
The company is known for concoctions such as apricot jam that's infused with Thai chili peppers. The No. 1 seller is Monkey Farts, which is pineapple, papaya, banana, coconut and RumChata. The No. 2 seller is Grandpa's TOE Jam, which is tart cherries, oranges and elderberries.
In addition to the jams and jellies, Smith has several hundred square feet that his friends from the farmer's market will use to sell products such as barbecue sauce, salsa, honey and handmade soap.
The new space will open May 4. Like the temporary space, which will remain open until then, it will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only so Smith can travel to area markets to sell the jams and jellies.
He's also turning a break room in the new space into a commercial kitchen.
"And then I need time to go make the stuff."