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Old friends reunited in the business they love

Kelsick Specialty Market’s website gives a very brief resume of the owner Paige Williams and the executive chef Danielle Johnson. In much bolder print at its conclusion, it reads “Locally Sourced Partners—Meet The Team.” And what a team it is.

Paige and Danielle have been friends ever since the age of 16 when they were in high school together. For these past ten years they have kept in touch. They both studied Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, graduating with associate degrees in culinary arts. But their education didn’t stop there, Paige’s desire to be connected to the culinary world began at the age of 16. “I worked in several restaurants doing everything from washing dishes and waiting on tables with some different experiences working in the kitchen.” But it was when she was studying for her business degree with a minor in wine she found that, “I fell in love with wine.” She later had the chance to travel to Germany to study wine at gr...

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