Kim Bach inherited her interest in tea from her Mother who had a tea shop in Park City, Utah for more than 20 years. “We drank tea at home – mostly herbal varieties,” she says. “Being in the store, I got really interested in how this exotic drink became the most widely consumed beverage on the planet next to water. One plant variety could be several different drinks, spanning different growing regions and different cultures – developing really subtle differences in flavor. It’s fascinating.”
The shop keeper moved to Hudson from Brooklyn and opened her store in 2007. Both Verdigris and Kim quickly became fixtures in the community. She is a board member of a local non-profit and spends her off-hours painting in her studio. She has been an Artist in Residence at M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and at Yaddo in Saratoga. In 2015, she opened a second store, Verdigris Catskill, at 291 Main Street, Catskill, NY.
Regina Simmons is our talented baker and pastry chef, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. For several years she had her own restaurant in nearby Clermont. The baker-extraordinaire has been preparing desserts, pastries and breakfast goodies for Verdigris since the doors opened in 2007. In addition to the baked goods in the store, Simmons also creates occasion cakes by special order and is conscious of special dietary needs. She routinely includes delicious vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free variations among her offerings and her inventive streak is always at work resulting in new and unusual taste combinations. Her selections have been named “Best Desserts” by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce three times. You can see Regina’s amazing cakes here.