Lexington, KY: Andrea Sims & Krim Boughalem
"We couldn't even find a place to buy a quart of milk," says Andrea Sims, describing the dearth of food options in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. She and her French husband, Krim Boughalem, had moved from New York to her hometown with plans to open a bakery. But after they arrived, they saw that the city needed something more ambitious. Three years later, they own Wine + Market, a grocery that sells farm-direct produce and natural wines, and a bistro called Table 310. Now they're turning an old Pepsi factory into Provisions, an 8,000-square-foot space with a butcher, fishmonger, cheese counter (made with marble salvaged from the city's courthouse), bakery, wine shop, brewery and restaurant. "Dean & DeLuca in Manhattan is still the ultimate for me," Boughalem says. "It's the perfect size and layoutso that's my model."
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Andrea Sims and her husband, Krim Boughalem, own both Wine + Market and Table 310 bistro, which is Sims's father's old office building. Here, peanut butter pot de crème with shortbread toast at Table 310.