Small business celebrates beating the odds

By Alyssa Donovan

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill.-- A small business owner celebrated 5 years of success on Saturday by treating her loyal customers.

Lori Peifer opened Lori's Kitchen Store in Washington back in 2008, a time when many business were calling it quits.

The store not only beat the odds of a small business start up during the recession but has thrived.

On Saturday, Peifer thanked her loyal customers with gifts, free treats and merchandise raffles.

Coupons for free cooking classes were also given, which Peifer said is part of the reason her business has done so well.

"Everybody eats still. Your more likely not to go out, it's expensive, we're a family of 5 if we go out to eat it really adds up," Peifer said. "So we'll teach you how to make your meals at home and save a lot of money and you can learn how to cook with the ingredients you want nice fresh things."

Peifer said she owes her success to her loyal customers, some who come to take her classes every week.

If you would like to learn more about Lori's Kitchen Store or sign up to take a class click on the link above.

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