Business Intel: The soup kitchen | Business premises

In Susan Huff’s kitchen, soup is more than just a meal.

Every day, Huff, a longtime restaurateur, starts with an assortment of fresh ingredients carefully selected from local farms. She lets what’s in season guide what she does.

“Soup is a versatile thing; it’s my medium,” she says. “I can be creative with it and change it up and do it however I want. I’m not from Campbell. My chicken white chili can taste something one day and be different the next depending on what’s growing and what’s fresh. It’s not a cookie cutter. It is an artistic creation.

Huff is bringing its organic, local cooking style to Floyd County with the opening of The soup shopa name that highlights her signature dish, but understates the larger scope of what she is working towards with the restaurant.

In addition to soup, the small restaurant serves sandwiches, salads and smoothies. It also features a market section that stocks bread, milk, meat, produce, pottery and more.

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Currently, 23 suppliers are present on the market. “We really are a one-stop-shop for all the local goodness,” Huff said. “You can get local chocolates and local coffee.”

“Everything comes from the local people… I don’t have anything in the store but I haven’t been to the farm to meet the farmer and learn his story. It was very important to me. »

The Soup Shop, located on US 221 between Roanoke and Floyd, opened in April. Huff and her husband renovated a house to create the cafe which features two indoor tables and five outdoor tables.

Huff ran her own organic restaurant in Florida for years before retiring to Floyd County. She said she was inspired to make the county her new home after a visit introduced her to the area’s farming scene, which she described as a mecca for local food.

She started a pop-up business filling soup orders for Floyd’s customers twice a month before deciding to open The Soup Shop.

The store employs three people and hopes to hire more. The restaurant’s menu – including a rotating range of take-out family starters – can be found on its website, www.floydsoup.com.

The Soup Shop, located at 7360 Floyd Highway North in Copper Hill, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

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Laura J. Boyer