Cocoon's sells to new owners

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 04:16 PM.

"I have an amazing shrimp recipe I got from a restaurant in Memphis , and I have a lot of knowledge about food, so, we will see," she said. "We are really excited. It will be awesome."

The McKees are also considering living over the business as the LaDows have done for all these years.

 LaDow was an executive living in Birmingham and working in the food marketing industry when he came down here to visit in 1985. He bought a condo on his second day.

"I remember sitting in airports and on airplanes working on a business plan to escape the corporate world," he said. "I got tired of getting on airplanes every Sunday and not returning home until Friday. I wanted to escape."

While considering his business plan LaDow thought of author Faith Popcorn's use of the word "cocooning" to describe the way many people go out and pick up food to take back to their place and cocoon. He decided that was the concept he wanted to build on when he opened his own business.

The LaDows bought the building where Cocoon's is with the goal of living over their business, which they have done for 21 years.

They have served 18 different salads, dips, barbecue, pulled pork, meatloaf, hot sauces, jams and jellies over the years to a variety of major sports figures and singer/songwriters, as well as locals.

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