PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 21, 2013

Kizmet settles into new location

Mary Meaux
Port Arthur News

GROVES — Kizmet Studio and Koffee Bar isn’t new to the city of Groves although some customers who wander in may think so.

The combination studio and coffee bar also sells jewelry and hand-painted Anuschka handbags as well serving as breakfast and lunch and panini’s and offering art lessons, art parties and more.

Kizmet recently moved from its Lincoln Avenue location to its new home at 6039 39th St. in front of Bruce’s Market Basket. The Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center will host a ribbon cutting at the studio at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Don Sodman, a daily customer, said Kizmet seems like it should be located on the grounds of Rice University or in Austin. The decor is bright and sunny with original paintings hanging on the walls. A portion of the walls are painted with designs as is the floor. Tables and chairs await customers as well as easy seating areas. Kizmet offers free wi-fi, another plus for the laid-back shop.

Seated at a bistro-type table with a mug of coffee and his ever present iPhone and “friend” Siri, Sodman gave his thoughts on the place.

“They really do have the best sandwiches in Southeast Texas,” Sodman said. “There are no others like this around.”

Cindy and Herb Kreutzer are the proud owners of the business. Cindy said she is the chef with the original creations while Herb jokes he isn’t allowed in the kitchen.

The idea behind the shop is for customers to come in and sit a while. Relax, meet new and old friends and just hang out.

“For us, it’s what we do,” Herb Kreutzer said. “I gave my wife the choice, we can stop now and stay closed or we can reopen. She wanted to reopen and here we are.”

Herb Kreutzer said all of their previous customers have followed them to the new location and they have gained some new customers as well. One person even came in and welcomed the Kreutzers to Groves thinking they were a new business when in actuality they have been around for more than three years.

The owners are also successful artists having sold their work in 24 countries and every state in the nation of the past eight years.

Kizmet is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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