5Q: Krazy Krepes owner talks about future of business, downtown Jonesborough and more

Jonathan Roberts • Feb 23, 2020 at 4:24 PM

When Angelika Polte moved from Germany to America with her husband 15 years ago, she had no idea what the future had in store for them. 

“We were only supposed to be here for a year,” she joked. 

Since then, she’s grown to love Northeast Tennessee — after all, it’s where she had her child and started a business with her friend, Karina Hirst. And over the next two weeks, Polte’s connection to region will only grow stronger. In March, Polte and Hirst will move their business into another, more permanent storefront that they’ll share with Sweet E’s Bakery. And, if that wasn’t enough, she’s also set to become a United States citizen as well.

“We love it so much,” Polte said of the region. “We’re very, very happy here.” 

Polte briefly: 

Favorite crepe: Joy’s Joy 

Favorite downtown shop: “I love all of them because I love the people.” 

Favorite travel destination: Italy 

Dogs or cats: “I love all of them.” 

Coffee or tea: Coffee 

What were your emotions like when Krazy Krepes first opened?  

I was scared. I’m not a trained chef, I’ve never been in the food business and I didn’t know if people would actually like crepes. It was a little bit nerve-wracking in the beginning. 

You started in Johnson City, but now you’re in Jonesborough. What made you want to move here? 

The place we stayed in before moved, so we thought we’d take the chance and go in the middle of where Karina and I live. She lives in Johnson City and I live in Greeneville and we thought Jonesborough would be the most lovely place. 

What’s been your favorite part of running the business? 

The people. I love the people. I think all of our customers -— they are committed to us. It’s like making memories — that’s the best part. We know people, and we know their stories and we know who they are, they’re like extended family. 

What’s been the most challenging part? 

It’s the moving, to make sure people know where we are and what’s happening. Other than that, it hasn’t been challenging. If you love what you’re doing, you don’t really work. It was only the beginning where it was a bit nervous, but seven years later we know what we’re doing and I’m happy and confident with how things will go.

What’s next for Krazy Krepes once you move to the new location, and how will it help Krazy Krepes? 

One of the biggest changes is that we’re going to extend our hours. We’re going to be open Wednesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a bigger space, and that’s the most important part us — it has a bigger kitchen so we’ll be able to offer more foods. And, since we plan to stay there for a long time, people can rely on where we are and won’t have to search for us any longer. 

Polte said they will officially open in their new location at 103 Fox St. on Wednesday, March 4. Until then, they’ll remain at 137 E. Main St. with Downtown Sweet, open on Feb. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.