Making Thyme Kitchen moves from East Hills to Downtown Market


Making Thyme Kitchen’s space in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood on Cherry Street. Photo via

Making Thyme Kitchen will move to a space at Downtown Market's indoor Market Hall come the end of summer.

The popular East Hills business, which makes ready-to-cook frozen and fresh meals for pickup and delivery, is relocating its “Dinner Store” and kitchen to the market from its current Cherry Street location.

Making Thyme has been in operation since 2005 and is operated by husband-and-wife team Ken and Karen Bryan.

The business offers ready-to-cook entrees, soups and sides, fresh salads and desserts. All food items are prepared using whole foods and locally raised, hormone- and chemical-free meats.

“We have been eagerly awaiting a food destination like the Downtown Market — a place to better serve our customers and a place that brings all aspects of food under one beautiful roof,” said Karen Bryan, owner of Making Thyme. “Our expectation is that our locally sourced, prepared products will use ingredients from our fellow vendors across the hallway, not just across town.”

From its new location, Making Thyme will continue to offer popular menu favorites including beef peanut satay, Sicilian chicken with pine nuts and raisins, or mushroom nut loaf with marinara and some new, ready-to-eat, fully cooked meals. It also will offer products by the pound, such as Cuban black bean salad, gingered snap peas and green beans with butter and lemon.

Making Thyme’s “fast food” service has been popular with all types of customers — singles, busy couples, working parents and seniors, and Bryan thinks the new location will only increase its popularity.

“Making Thyme Kitchen redefines what ‘fast food’ can be. In five minutes, a customer can stop at the market and pick up the kind of dinner you would make for yourself, if you had all the time in the world,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market.

In addition to Making Thyme Kitchen, other Downtown Market tenants include: Thornburg & Co., a maker of fruit belt preserves; Field and Fire, an artisan bakery; Sweetie-licious Bakery Café; Montello Meat Market; Aperitivo, a wine and cheese shop; Spice Merchants; Crescent Floral; Dorothy and Tony’s Popcorn; Old World Olive Press; Love’s Ice Cream; and Simpatico, a coffee roaster.

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