Couple Runs Joe Schmo’s Kitchen

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Barry and Amanda Franks started Joe Schmo’s Kitchen after their friends were impressed with their spice blends and peppers in oil.

Four years later, the business has expanded to online sales and its products are distributed through 40 retailers.

Joe Schmo’s Kitchen works out of the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator in Youngstown. Other food entrepreneurs use the peppers in their recipes.

The couple used to grow their own peppers, but couldn’t keep up with demand and now buy from local farmers.

Pictured: Joe Schmo’s Kitchen produces spice blends.