Lokal is a local restaurant the specializes in healthy locally sourced options for nutritious meals for residents and tourists to enjoy!
Last week we had the pleasure to sit down with Eric Christenson owner, founder, and chef of LOKAL. For those of you who may not be familiar with LOKAL, it is nestled on the historic Prince George Street between The Fife and Drum Inn, The Spice and Tea Exchange and the Tervis store.
Upon walking in, Christenson and one of his employees provided a cheerful greeting. LOKAL is a cozy space that features a set of high top tables and an open kitchen. To the left is a huge shelf featuring the word locals above it. On the shelf, there are different types of locally produced goods, among which are honey, essential oils, candles, and beauty products. But a clear favorite of many is LOKAL’s homemade bread. Christenson said the flour used to make the bread is locally sourced from the Chickahominy Farm in Charles City.
Christenson describes his business and LOKAL’s mission as a “healthful place in the center of Williamsburg with locally sourced healthy alternatives” adding in that is it a place to relax, a space for the community and an environment for conversations. The downstairs of LOKAL houses a yoga studio that is currently transitioning into a donation-based community center. It is divided into two rooms, one of which has a combination of velvet chairs, coffee tables, and sofas and the other side is the yoga studio.
While Christenson is telling his story of how he moved to Williamsburg with his wife (who is a William and Mary alumna), bought Berrybody Frozen Yogurt and within four months transformed it into LOKAL, he brought over a small tasting cup. The contents were delicious. Christenson served a no added sugar Melon sorbet from KelRae Farm, another local farm that LOKAL uses to provide ingredients for their menu.
Being passionate about partnering with local farms is just the start of LOKAL’s commitment to community. Christenson also hires employees that are passionate about local, healthy living as well. All of the current employees at LOKAL walk to work. He said that is part of what attracted him to the Greater Williamsburg Area was access to high quality staff. In fact, many of his employees are students at William and Mary. He also stated that the good tax structure, sturdy support system for businesses, and the blended nature of the downtown is what drew him to owning a business in the Greater Williamsburg Area.
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