It has been a while since I added new kitchen shops to my list of favorites here at KitchenBoy. If you are not familiar with it, this list contains information about old & new kitchen shops I have visited personally or those recommended by readers of this site.
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New Kitchen Shop Additions
While traveling through the Low Country, my wife and I spent a few days in the lovely city of Charleston, SC. Of course, no trip to a food loving city like Charleston would be complete unless I were able to find a good new kitchen shop to roam around in. I was not disappointed in the “Holy City” with my discovery of a truly worthy kitchen shop in Charleston Cooks! in the French Quarter, just off the historic Charleston City Market.
Charleston Cooks! describes themselves as a kitchen retail shop where you’ll find the artistry, equipment and gadgets that help you make culinary magic happen, with a teaching kitchen featuring enjoy-it-now, fun-filled cooking classes led by talented instructors.
Upon entering, you will probably be greeted by a knowledgeable staff member who can help you find your way through the vast and varied selections of top tier kitchen tools. You will also notice a large space, probably around 40% of the store footprint, which houses the fully equipped video capable teaching kitchen.
With both demonstration and participation classes, beginners and experts alike can delve into subjects from savory sauces to wonderful wines. There are classes nearly everyday of the week on a wide variety of topics. Their hope is that the staff’s exuberance is so contagious you’ll take it home and share it.
They also stock local food products such as Carolina Plantation Rice, which I bought out of desire to help the heirloom American food movement and a bit of curiosity. This historic Carolina Plantation Rice, actually grown in South Carolina, is an amazing product, possessing a nutty, full flavor.
Charleston Cooks is part of the Maverick Southern Kitchens group, which includes restaurants Slightly North of Broad (SNOB), High Cotton Bar & Grill and Old Village Post House. Their inclusion in this small South Carolina restaurant group allows the kitchen shop access to many accomplished chefs and traditional Southern recipes for their cooking classes.
Charleston Cooks Information:
194 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm
There is a great new kitchen shop for our list in Boulder, Colorado, brought to my attention by foodie friends Deb K., Sharon B., and Joyce A., called Peppercorn. They tell me that, “Peppercorn is absolutely everything you need for the kitchen, bar, or table, including cookbooks, gadgets and equipment, linens, specialty foods — especially Colorado-made products — and decorative items. It’s all beautifully and creatively displayed to make you want to buy everything, even if you don’t cook or entertain! The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and engaging.” Their word is good enough for me.
Peppercorn has been located in downtown Boulder for over thirty years. The store was founded by Doris Houghland in 1977 as a cooking school and small gourmet kitchen store. Over time, the store has blossomed into a 12,000 square foot stronghold on the historic Pearl Street Mall. Peppercorn sells an impressive selection of beautiful imports, top of the line appliances, hard to find kitchen gadgets, gourmet and imported foods, and much more. They pride themselves on being able to rival any “big box” store in price and selection. Reflecting the true spirit of Boulder, Peppercorn has remained independently owned and operated since opening its doors.
Peppercorn’s selection is strengthened by beautiful merchandising displays and a knowledgeable sales staff. The tremendous variety combined with artistic displays has earned Peppercorn the nickname “the Smithsonian of Cookstores”. Owner Doris Houghland strives to create a kitchen shop with an inviting atmosphere filled with style and warmth.
While the nickname “Smithsonian of Cookstores” is a pretty bold statement, after perusing their online store I can tell you that it has one of the more impressive offerings of products I have seen outside of Philadelphia’s venerable kitchen shop Fantes.
Peppercorn’s impressive inventory can be purchased online at peppercorn.com.
1235 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Monday through Thursday 10-6
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