The Hurley House kitchen is a very special place. When I first opened the store, I was very hands-on in the kitchen, and for a long time was the only person on staff who knew how to do certain things like decorate a cake or pipe Sparkle Sandwich Cookies.
Fast forward ten years later, and I no longer work directly in the kitchen at Hurley House. I love the work I get to do running the business, but the truth is, I miss the magic that happens in the kitchen.
I have never published photos of the kitchen (apart from a few candid shots on Instagram), and today I want to share some images that give you a generous behind-the-scenes look at our kitchen space. The front of the store gets all the attention, but everyone knows the kitchen is where we all want to be.
The food industry at large is known for a certain degree of toxicity that exists in commercial kitchens. It’s almost a given, an assumed way things are no matter what. When I started Hurley House, I set out to create something different. I wanted our kitchen to be full of kindness, community, and fun. If you’ve ever spent time in the Hurley House store, chances are you have heard the cackles of laughter bubbling over from around the corner. I have never laughed as hard or felt a more united sense of accomplishment than when working in the Hurley House kitchen. The vibe is communal, quirky, and safe.
I hope you enjoy these glimpses of what life looks like in the Hurley House kitchen, including the hand-drawn frosting tip guide, the quote board, and the star sticker chart used for tracking who has washed the most dishes. It’s the little touches like this that make the HH kitchen feel like home.