Julia Klee (AKA Judi) is owner of The Spice Rack, a kitchen
supply store/specialty bakery in Cherokee, Iowa, and this website,
Judi was introduced to pizzelle cookies at a very early age by
her Italian grandparents. They were also a common goodie in the
mid-Atlantic states, where she grew up. Today, Judi lives in the
Midwest where most people aren't familiar with pizzelles. In a quest
to satisfy her own hunger for these deliciously light and delicate
cookies, she decided to share them with the world through her website.
After launching her pizzelle cookie business, Judi soon expanded,
making a variety of biscotti. Judi loves to be in the kitchen, so
this business venture provides an outlet for her passion!
After establishing her business selling pizzelles and biscotti
at local craft shows, Judi further expanded by investing in an embroidery
machine and serger. A line of home decor items and various gifts
for family and friends were added to the line!
The demand for Judi's products quickly grew, so during the summer
of 2005, Judi and her husband, David, decided to expand the venture
even further. In September, they sold their home, purchased a commercial
buiding in downtown Cherokee, Iowa, and moved right in. Since then,
they have been refurbishing the building to accommodate their apartment
upstairs, Judi's bakery/kitchen store on the main floor, and David's
recording studio in the basement. The kitchen store and bakery opened
during the summer of 2006. Construction is still on-going for the
recording studio, so an opening date is yet to be announced. Someday
the apartment upstairs will be finished!
Judi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer
Sciences, Food and Nutrition, from Fort Valley State University,
Ft. Valley, Georgia, and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition
from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical
School, N. Chicago, Illinois (now the Rosalind Franklin University
of Medicine and Science).
In addition to running the store and website, Judi also is an adjunct
instructor of nutrition and related courses at local colleges.
Julia Klee, MS