Derbyite expands keto business along Rock Road | business

Kerri Garcia is flying the cage, so to speak, as she decides to move her business Keto On with Kerri into its own storefront at 619 N. Rock Road (the old Taco Bell location) later this month.

After she began selling her products at The COOP bakery off Baltimore Avenue, the expanded space quickly became a necessity for Garcia — and having a brick-and-mortar building was always a goal.

“We outgrew The COOP so quickly. We started with three shelves and then quickly grew to two windows and a small amount of storage and ended up starting pre-orders on my website because we were pushing our limits,” Garcia said. “It got to that point. point as we were cooking, I could no longer produce.”

Along with the stable of ketogenic food items already offered by Garcia (ie, pies, cakes, pies, pizzas, ready meals, etc.), the new store opens an avenue to sell a number of products that Garcia distributes – like Nat, Nu Skin and more, with plenty of shelf space in the new location for “anything and everything keto-related.”

Garcia also plans to offer products from other health-oriented food businesses in her store, including Perfect Plate and Nice Bites. Along with that, the Perfect Plate location in Maize will also stock a number of Keto On with Kerri products.

“I want this to be health and nutrition [spot] for people who have that specific allergen that’s hard to find,” Garcia said of the overall theme of the new store — which will have a drive-thru.

On top of the partnerships, Garcia is also expanding her product line in anticipation of the new store opening, introducing bierocks into the mix.

“Bierocks is something new that we started a few months ago — beef bierocks and then we did a breakfast bierock — and they flew off the shelves,” Garcia said.

Currently, she said she is experimenting with other varieties such as chorizo, pizza and reuben. Additionally, while free coffee and tea will be provided with meals, Keto On with Kerri’s Store will sell keto-based cream soda drinks behind the counter.

Having an in-store kitchen at the new store will also allow Garcia’s to have daily specials — like avocado-stuffed chicken salad — Monday through Friday, which will be noted on an electronic display board. A limited amount will be available, but Garcia will also continue to sell her refrigerated prepared meals, which customers can heat themselves in the store.

Given the extra seating and space, Keto On with Kerri is also looking to add an educational element to its new Rock Road storefront.

“We want to expand to where we can start offering classes. We have a lot of seating space where we can do that and we can start offering classes for people to learn the keto lifestyle,” Garcia said. “I’ve been doing keto for almost three years, so I have enough knowledge in my generation that I can help people learn what this is and what those requirements are.”

Located across from Derby High School, Garcia also noted that the store will have a sign to help students and act as another educational element about healthy eating.

Up to eight employees, Garcia hopes Keto On with Kerri will continue to grow. After opening her new store, she hopes to take the keto mission mobile and offer that opportunity through catering and even out-of-area shipping given the distance barrier presented to some customers.

“We’re hoping that at some point in time we can get to a distribution base and do that because we get people every day from other states asking for our services,” Garcia said.

Keto On me Kerri will be open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays. A grand opening — with samples to be offered — is scheduled for July 16.

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