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    Authentic: Aimee Olexy

    Aimee Olexy has been credited with putting Kennett Square on the map as a destination for people who love good food. More than that, however, Olexy and her team at Talula’s Table have spent 12 years building community through food.

     

    Instinct brought Olexy back to Southern Chester County, closer to her mother and to the place of her fondest childhood memories, when she was about to become a mother herself. Walking through Kennett Square, she felt something stir.

     

    She loved its history, agriculture, and people. She saw its “eclectic potential” and wanted to give the town a soul, a heart of warmth and comfort.

     

    Entrepreneurship comes naturally to Olexy, who says she’s been “a go-getter” since she was a kid. “I knew if I had good coffee, which is kind of addictive, chocolate, cheese, good bread—people would come.” With the lease on the now-iconic space, “on the sunny side of the street,” she designed a business to reflect her passions for eating seasonally and caring for customers. From coffee and scones to fresh and creative sandwiches, salads, and desserts to prepared foods, provisions, and the renowned evening tasting menu, Talula’s has something for everyone.

     

    Olexy is constantly rethinking how to infuse new ideas so that Talula’s “feels fresh in comfort.” Olexy describes Talula’s Table as the mothership for all of her other businesses in Philadelphia, including The Love, newly opened near Rittenhouse Square and Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily on Washington Square. She’s learned so much from the passionate and creative people who have become her extended family in Kennett Square. “I want to carry the small-town charm and sweetness into the city,” she says.