Saturday, April 20, 2024

Community Business: Kiln Kingdom

Kiln Kingdom offers Turkish desserts and coffee and homemade pottery at their store. (Kiln Kingdom)

WILLIAMSBURG — Hosting a booth at 2nd Sundays, Cansu Aykut saw how much the community enjoyed her Turkish crafts and lamps, so when a storefront became available downtown, she jumped at the opportunity.

Kiln Kingdom opened in August at 447 Prince George St. The shop is known for its handmade pottery and Turkish coffee and desserts.

“We have a family-owned business in Istanbul, Turkey. When we moved to the States, we wanted to bring our heritage here. All of our pottery is coming from our store in Turkey. My family is making everything by hand. Every time I look at my shop, I see my family,” Aykut said.

Aykut is reminded of her family every time she opens a box of shipment.

Kiln Kingdom customers can enjoy the art and various Turkish desserts. (Kiln Kingdom)

“In our establishment, everything you see is handmade by my family members. To see my customers pick up something that my dad or brother made feels great. My family lives in Turkey and I don’t see them very often. But every time I receive a shipment, I know that my family made everything by hand and it makes me feel like I am home again,” Aykut shared.

Still new to the area, Aykut takes pleasure in greeting the customers who enter her store. She hopes it will become a place that locals visit for the ambiance and a taste of her home country.

“Our dream is to show our locals our business. Where they can have a cup of coffee while they are enjoying the handmade art from Turkey with a bite of traditional dessert,” Aykut said.

The store boasts Turkish coffee on the sand, a traditional way of making coffee that is brewed by using a pan filled with sand that is heated over an open flame. The sand-filled pan allows the brewer to have total control over the heat.

Aykut takes pride in the fact that she owns a unique business.

“Everything is unique at my place. Everything is one of a kind. Even though some things are different because everything is made by hand, you can’t make the same thing twice by hand. There is no other place in Williamsburg that has the things that we have. We are the only one and that makes us very unique too,” Aykut said.

She also enjoys that visitors have taken an interest in sharing her culture.

“I like having people come from different states and cities to visit us. I enjoy talking about the history with them and find mutual things that we did years ago as different countries. Customers are interested in my country too and to be able to talk about our traditions feels great,” Aykut said.

Kiln Kingdom is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Thursdays. Beginning April 1, the store will be open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit kilnkingdom.com

Community Business is a feature series that showcases locally-owned business establishments in the Historic Triangle. If you would like to submit a business to be featured, please send an email to info@wydaily.com.

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