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Duo to bring crepe business to town’s own Corner Cup

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Local crepe experts, Karina Hirst and Angelica Polte, will be set up at Jonesborough’s Main Street coffee house this Saturday to try out what will soon be their new location for Krazy Krepes, a creperie currently located in Johnson City, but looking for a new home. “I have always thought Jonesborough would be a great place for crepes,” Hirst said last week as she and Corner Cup owner Debbie Kruse sat down for a planning session. “But there was no place for us.” Now, she said, they’ve found the perfect location as part of the one-year-old Corner Cup coffee shop. Kruse still remembers when she first got the call from Hirst a little more than month ago. “Crepes?” Kruse recalls saying. “It’s something different in Jonesborough. Nobody else has anything like this.” Soon, a new partnership was born. The current plan is to have Krazy Krepes serving sweet and savory fare at the Corner Cup on Saturdays throughout December – Dec. 3, 10 and 17 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a limited menu including everything from The Canadian (a crepe with sausage, bacon, egg and syrup) to the Bananarama (a crepe with Nutella and banana.) Crepes will not be served on Saturday, Dec. 24. “That’s our German holiday,” Hirst said with a smile. “We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.”Kruse said the Corner Cup will close a couple of days in early January to get the shop ready for a full-blown crepe experience. A crepe bar will be created in the back area of the shop in anticipation of a Jan. 12 Krazy Krepe opening. At that point, Krazy Krepes will be serving a full variety of sweet and savory crepes, even gluten free, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays. Hirst and Polte can’t wait to see the town’s reaction to their crepes, a food that is so very common in their homeland. “I guess we thought crepes would be a good idea for a business because I’m from Germany, and in Germany they have stands everywhere,” Hirst said.“They usually just sell sweet crepes. It’s like you have a hot dog stand here, we have crepe stands there.”Though she may have been something of an expert eating them, Hirst admitted that learning to make crepes was quite another story. “It was not as easy as I thought,” she said. It took many hours of hard work to perfect the creation of these thin pancakes, ready to be filled with a selection of luscious ingredients. The duo have been in business about three years, and have already been busy spreading the word about the wonder of crepes. “People know us now,” Hirst said. “We have people coming from all over.” With the move, they will now hopefully be coming to Jonesborough. “You can order with your coffee and come in and sit over here and watch them make your crepe,” Kruse said happily.