Each month we highlight either a local nonprofit organization or an individual who contributes to the positive culture of our North Shore community. This month, in light of the massive upheavals to local and national business operations, we are shifting gears a bit. For the next few months, we’ll be shining a spotlight on businesses that are adapting in unique and wonderful ways to provide much needed services during this global health crisis. This month we are taking a closer look at Freshly Delivered Powered By the Wenham Tea House and owner Christopher Keohane.
Who Is Christopher Keohane?
Chris Keohane, a local young entrepreneur, is a native of Danvers and has worked in many different capacities over his career, mostly dealing with customer service, public relations, and the food industry. Some would say he is a modern-day Renaissance man who can handle all aspects of the industry.
For the past eight years, Chris Keohane has made a name for himself in the food industry in his role as operator of the Wenham Tea House in Wenham, Massachusetts. You may also know Chris as the past owner of Fresh Food Catering, Fresh Food Cafe, and Fresh Food Culinary Center. He is well known around the community and was recognized by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017.
More recently Chris has become a role model for other small businesses in our region on how to adapt to the spread of the novel coronavirus and subsequent quarantine of businesses in Massachusetts. He has shown others how the need to rapidly evolve and change during this crisis is imperative to business survival.
Transitioning Business Model in the Face of an Invisible Virus
In mid-March, Governor Charlie Baker first announced the Massachusetts stay-at-home order, which meant many businesses and restaurants shut their doors to business. Chris was able to quickly shift gears and adjust his normal “in-house” operations which included a delightful dining room experience of breakfast, brunch, and tea service within the walls of a quintessential New England clapboard house. Since temporarily closing the doors on the Wenham Tea House would mean financial hardship for so many, Chris was able to switch over to a fine food delivery and pick up service named Freshly Delivered Powered By the Wenham Tea House.
Wenham Tea House changed course in a matter of days by adding a new online ordering system, offering in-store pick up, and delivery options to twenty-six North Shore towns and cities. His Wenham kitchen was transformed from a traditional restaurant kitchen to a production facility using all of the safety standards and sanitation practices that are required in the age of COVID-19.
As a result, families from Andover to Rockport, and Boxford to Swampscott, can order safely from the comfort of their homes through their devices. They can then pick up finely prepared meals or have them delivered to their door. These meals include: baked goods, beer and wine, prepared meals, meal kits, soups and stews, salads, individual meals, family meals, or easily microwaved meals. Check out the extensive menu and delivery options.
As business owners on the North Shore, we are so proud of the work that so many people have done to make this uncertain time a little less stressful. For Chris Keohane and the crew at Freshly Delivered, they are helping us all get through this crisis, one meal at a time. Check out the site and offerings at Freshly Delivered Powered By the Wenham Tea House.