During the pandemic, they made the right decision at the perfect moment: they created an online marketplace, the "Pekedli". They offered products of Veszprém County farmers on a common platform and personally delivered them to customers. After just over a year, last November, they raised the business to a whole new level: they opened a general store in the heart of Veszprém, close to Old Town Square. The store is in a very fitting location: next to the Füge (Figs) Ice Cream Parlour and Café and just a few steps from KUNSZT, a bistro-café that also opened last year.
What does "Pekedli" mean, and what is a general store, you may ask.
The former is a dinner-pail, or lunchbox in West-Transdanubian dialect, while the latter is the name of a village grocery store that sells food, household goods and more. This description perfectly fits the newly opened shop, built with the support of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture Street Image Development Programme.
- say the owners, who have been offering additive-free, affordable products ever since they created the online shop.
Their goal is to build a small community so that Pekedli can be much more than a shop or an on-line market. Nóra and Péter know all the products they sell and are happy to answer customer’s questions, creating a far more personal contact than supermarkets can.
The store is a mix of traditional, folk, and contemporary goods. It offers a wide range of food products, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasta, jams, syrups, cold cuts, dairy products, pastries, eco-friendly cleaning products, household accessories and natural cosmetics.
They say there has been a lot of positive feedback since the opening, and a regular customer base is slowly building. Even the few months of the slower off-season have not been idle.
The back of the shop has space for holding various craft and gastronomy workshops, all using Pekedli's ingredients.
One should keep an eye on the social pages (Facebook/Instagram) and the calendar on the website for upcoming events to avoid missing out on the interesting programmes. A separate room is available to craftspeople, producers, artists, and educators, even after hours, where visitors can participate in storytelling sessions, mandala-painting, watercolour, and calligraphy workshops, among others.
Pekedli also offers exciting activities for children, including face painting on Children's Day in May in cooperation with the Füge (Figs) Ice Cream Parlour.
The shop is currently open from 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 9 am to 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. During high season, starting in May, they will extend their hours. Since the owners are keen dog owners, the place is pet friendly.
The former slogan of the online marketplace, "A market delivered to your doorstep", has taken on a whole new meaning with the creation of the general store. For the people of Veszprém, quality products are much closer than one might think; it's truly within reach. If you happen to be in Veszprém, Pekedli is definitely worth visiting.