TAMPA — In June 2017, AJ Albrecht's love of cooking inspired him to open his own retail business, AJ's Kitchen Drawer. Since opening his doors, Albrecht has made many changes, including the location.
"We needed more space," said Albrecht, owner and manager.
While the name is the same, AJ's Kitchen Drawer moved to a location that is more than double the size of the original.
Albrecht wanted a larger storefront so he could have a separate room for a kitchen and hosting events. This multi-purpose space is now used for cooking classes, demonstrations, parties and corporate team building.
Cooking classes taught by Albrecht are available for adults, teens and children.
"I like to show people how easy it is to make something super delicious," said Albrecht.
Beginning June 3, six weeks of Summer Cooking Camps will be offered at AJ's Kitchen Drawer. The fun, hands-on culinary classes will be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12, and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for ages 13 and up.
Students will learn age appropriate kitchen skills and techniques and get to enjoy the meal they prepare. There are different themes each week, such as American Classics, International Travel, Pizza, Pasta & Salads and Classic Comfort Foods.
True to the original spirit of the store, a large retail space still offers unique kitchenware items such as handcrafted knives and wooden items. Customers can special order cutting boards, beer flight paddles, coasters and more.
There are also local gourmet items such as salsas and sauces, as well as cookware, drinkware, candles, cookbooks and kitchen accessories.
AJ's Kitchen Drawer is at 13974 W Hillsborough Ave. It is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday. For more information, call (813) 328-4122 or visit ajskitchendrawer.com.
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