Naming a business with a cheeky single word – in all caps – should allude to a proprietor’s penchant for mirth, but when a store name nods to the famed “Tacoma aroma,” you know the owner has got to have a great sense of humor – or smell.
Meet Kris Blondin, a Tacoman and owner of STINK Cheese-Meat, a multi-purpose St. Helens neighborhood business that specializes in gourmet meats, cheeses, freshly prepared cafe eats and is adjacent to Blondin’s sister business, a wine bar called STINK Tank.
If her name sounds familiar to restaurant watchers, that could be because Blondin was the oenophile behind Vin Grotto, a popular downtown Tacoma wine destination that shuttered in 2007.
For someone who swore she’d never own a food business again, it’s a head scratcher how Blondin wound up doing exactly that when she opened STINK in 2011. In Blondin’s characteristic hilarious words – working in the food business is like constantly scratching a scab. You know you shouldn’t, but you just can’t help yourself.
With New Year’s Eve in quick approach and because her specialty is advising locals on wine, we asked Blondin to employ her special brand of humor and wine expertise on how to pull off a successful champagne or sparkling wine toast. Her answers were given via email. Read more »