Nacogdoches woman finds way to feed Farmer's Market

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Merci Nicklas didn't want her dream of serving good food end up on the chopping block.

"Merci has cooked for an army ever since I've known her," said her husband, Tracy Nicklas.

So why not serve the public? And why not at the Farmer's Market, a place suddenly requiring a commercial kitchen for home cooks. Merci had to cook up an idea.

"Let's get this together," Merci said. "Let's figure out what we nee dot do to make this right and get straight with the city and get out there and do it."

That "can do" attitude led to Merci placing an order with her carpenter husband. Not everyone can gut an old camper.

"I just started building a house around it," Tracy said. "She wanted it to look like a little European cottage, so that's what we did."

The result: a portable commercial kitchen light enough to pull, but strong enough to take the heat in the kitchen.

"Even though it's lighter than most houses that I've ever built, it's probably sturdier than most houses I've ever built," Tracy said.

And best of all there aren't any hard feelings with the health inspectors.

"They were very helpful, so nobody should be down on them," Merci said. "They really want us out here. They really supported this."

Merci's will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and they'll be here through lunch.

A line this entrepreneur is wanting to say over and over again.

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