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Chefspring cooks up new food service with shared kitchen

Businesses like Le Elegant Macaron will use Chefspring once it opens / Evan Watson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- A new shared kitchen venture is set to open in Macon at the end of the month.

Chefspring is a kitchen space on Brookdale Ave. where entrepreneurs can create their own special food products.

A chef or baker can subscribe to use the facility on a monthly, weekly or hourly basis.

Chefspring creator Lauren Hightower said a changing economy should change the food industry. Their space makes it perfect for entrepreneurs to make their own hours and determine what and when they produce.

"This environment, it gives us the opportunity to get our feet wet to the food business," said Ebony Tyson, owner of Le Elegant Macaron Company. "I've never had a food business before or my sister so it introduces us to the market."

Tyson looks forward to baking on her schedule in what she calls a fresh environment.

"I like to be in an atmosphere that's high energy," Tyson said. "I feel like this location is going to bring that. I think it's something Macon definitely needs."

Chefspring will also have a storefront in Ingleside Village where their goods can be sold to the community.

"It's a win-win situation," Tyson said. "If you come and you're dedicated and you love what you do, this is a place you can grow."

Hightower said Chefspring just received the approval for a variance from the planning and zoning commission.

The last step in the process is to pass a USDA inspection later in the month.

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