FORT MILL — It started with some fun in the kitchen.
Andrew and Leslie Fisher wanted to bring together their two loves, cooking and working with children. Bakers Buzzin’, which celebrated its grand opening in Stockbridge Commons Sept. 28, does just that.
Andrew Fisher worked at a variety of restaurants before building a successful career at two large banking institutions. Wanting to get away from the 9 to 5 grind, Fisher decided to grow his love of cooking with his children into a business. He saw a need for a kids’ cooking school in the area.
“It’s a great way to get kids thinking about healthy eating and cooking their own food,” Fisher said. “The community is really excited about something like this.”
Bakers Buzzin’ collected food for the Fort Mill Care Center when it opened, and Fisher said he hopes the business can continue to partner with local charities.
“I want to give back to the community with the space,” he said.
The cooking school gives children a chance to learn basic cooking skills while learning to be healthier, Fisher said.
“It’s all about fun,” he said.
Bakers Buzzin’ offers weekly classes and cooking camps throughout the year. The classes are built around various themes, including the recent Spooky Treats & Eats for Halloween and “Ratatouille!” based on the film. It will also offers birthday parties and group activities.
The Fishers teach many of the classes themselves. Ashley Fisher often spends time cooking and baking with the couple’s children in their kitchen after work. Fisher also works with the local Girl Scouts and is ServSafe-certified in proper food handling through the American Heart Association.
Fisher practiced the Bakers Buzzin’ classes with her children in their kitchen. She said many of their friends came over to test their recipes.
“They’ve been really helpful,” she said.
Emily Fisher, 12, said she enjoys joining her mom and siblings in the kitchen.
“We cook all the time,” she said.
Noah Fisher, 8, said his favorite class so far involves making fresh salsa and tacos. He is looking forward to participating in the business.
“I’m happy that it is opening,” he said.
Sarah Fisher, 7, said her favorite class is the one Bakers Buzzin’ will offer first: Pizza Pizza!
“I am seeing a lot of people that like this place,” she said.
Class participants will make their own dishes and bring them home to their families to enjoy, Fisher said.
The kitchen studio also features a shop where they sell kid-friendly kitchen products, Bakers Buzzin’ T-shirts and aprons, he said.
The Fishers participated in Tega Cay’s Fourth of July Parade, where they got a great response, Andrew Fisher said.
“It was incredible,” he said.
The Fishers hope to eventually grow their business and become a bigger part of the community.
“I would love for kids to walk in and say they were waiting to come and are excited to be here,” Ashley Fisher said.
“I hope classes are full of kids,” Andrew Fisher said.
Residents can participate in a trial offer for $20 to test a Bakers Buzzin’ class.