TREATS AND SWEETS — Lodgical sells homemade and local products, from soup mix to jams, spreads and more. Photo submitted by Kibler.
BOSTON — Nestled inside Staub Square in Hamburg is one of the town’s newest businesses, an Adirondack-inspired specialty food and gift shop featuring homemade comfort food and unique gift items.
Lodgical, the brain child of Boston resident Lynn Kibler, who makes all of the edible offerings herself, opened on Jan. 11.
Kibler credited her love of working with food to her mother, who gardened and canned when Kibler was growing up. “If you wanted to eat it, you had to help make it,” Kibler quipped, about growing up in West Falls.
While in high school, Kibler made and sold chocolates, and said that her teachers were her best customers.
After graduation, she worked in several food-related fields, including a grocery store, hotels and restaurants, and then owned her own cafe in Western New York.
“I’ve come full circle now,” she said, gesturing to her store.
The new business offers customers a range of homemade, healthy and natural products such as soup mixes, granola, oatmeal mixes, dips, bread mixes, hot chocolate and pancake mixes, as well as jams and rubs.
Kibler explained that she formulates all of the items in her commercial kitchen at home; her husband, father and in-laws serve as her guinea pigs, taste-testing each item until it is just right. Her children get to try the finished product, and approve or veto the goods.
“I have to get all of the measurements right; everything needs to be carefully formulated,” she said. “I like working by myself; I can do my own thing in my kitchen.”
The edible offerings at Lodgical are made with many different dehydrated vegetables, pastas, beans and more.
Many of Lodgical’s offerings are gluten-free, and Kibler said that she is constantly working on more options. A black-eyed pea soup and a stuffed cabbage soup are both in the works, and the creative juices flowed in Kibler’s mind as she contemplated a wild rice soup.
“It’s a no-brainer,” she said, about making soup from one of her mixes. “Just pop it in the slow cooker before work and it’s all ready to go.”
On her to-do list is a summer line, which will feature items such as a summer pasta salad and smoothies.
Kibler said that her goal is to offer all USA-made items in the shop.
Giftware from the Adirondacks will soon be featured at Lodgical, as will Ann Clark cookie cutters, quippy signage and more. “Tupper’s Nook,” named for the family dog who, in turn, was named for Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks, will feature locally-made dog treats and durable toys.
Saratoga Peanut Butter Company peanut butter and locally made maple syrup will round out Kibler’s offerings, which also feature North Bay Trading Co. vegetables and Atlantic Spice products.
“This is my full-time job and I love it,” Kibler said.
The business is located at 1 Buffalo St. in Hamburg and accepts all major credit cards. It can be reached by calling 289-7053. Winter hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays from noon-7 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays from noon-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, visit Lodgical at www.facebook.com/lodgicalfoods.