Help Kismet Turkish Cafe & Bakery
Many of you have asked how you can help support us to rebuild after Alderwood Mall didn’t fight against Starbucks, who asserted our Turkish coffee lattes are the same as an espresso latte. Thank you for this and your patronage for the last 3 years!
So, the lights are out at Kismet, and our Alderwood Mall café is closed, but your donation will help us build a new location and start Kismet over. We are actively looking for a new location, and we are determined to rebuild our dream!
We are Janette Burk and Timur Keskinturk , owners of Kismet Turkish Cafe & Bakery – a small, local, family business at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington. In 2019, we poured everything we had into opening this café together. Like so many small business owners, we have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to take care of our customers and our small staff. We are proud to be “your local stop for a world a flavor” – a place to sample Turkish coffee , our homemade pastry , and our family hospitality.
Across from us, there is a Starbucks. Their corporate headquarters has decided to pressure the mall management about our café selling Turkish coffee-based drinks. This has resulted in the mall telling us that we have to move from this busy center court location.
More than 12,000 people have signed our petition asking Alderwood Mall to keep Kismet open in our current location. However, the mall management has forced us to close our business as of June 1st. We have invested all of our money, time and imagination into creating our beautiful space in the center of the mall, and building our loyal customer base here. Since we have been forced out of our location, we have lost that investment, but we are grateful we have not lost our community support.
We are not giving up! We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our customers and community. As a small family business, we have had to do so much on our own, and your and kindness and generosity has meant to world to us! Thank you!
Click here to Read and share our story in the Everett Herald
Please donate if you can, and & share this story with your friends.
Thank you for your support and your kindness!
Janette & Timur
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