Whether you’re a novice or an experienced home cook, these locally owned shops have all you need for a perfectly stocked pantry.
A Thyme for Everything
Owner Jet Pabst’s passion for cookery shines through in this charming shop on Main Street in downtown Lee’s Summit, especially the events, such as the monthly Cookbook Club meetings when customers (and now friends) gather for a potluck dinner of dishes each has prepared from a chosen cookbook. Along with a good selection of books, you’ll find the kitchen tools and gourmet ingredients you need to get cooking in the store, which also offers regular classes and workshops for adults and kids alike.
Ambrosi Bros. Cutlery Co.
The chefs at some of KC’s top restaurants trust the experts at this family-owned shop on Main Street in Midtown to sharpen their knives and service their kitchen equipment, but you don’t have to be a pro to get the same quality customer service. In addition to those services, Ambrosi Bros. also carries a number of top-of-the-line kitchen tools and cookware from brands including Wüsthof, All-Clad, Jura and Vitamix.
Halls isn’t the only jewel in Crown Center—thanks to its amazing array of products, Function Junction has been a local favorite since 1977. The shop offers items for every room in the house, but kitchens are definitely king with owners and cooking enthusiasts, Mary Merola and Rebecca Wilkie. The pair has stocked the shelves with top names in bakeware, cookware, kitchen tools and small appliances, not to mention attractive storage and serving pieces. Follow the shop on Facebook for recipes and news of events and classes at the in-store culinary studio.
Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
It may be small, but the retail space attached to downtown Overland Park’s popular cooking school has a lot to offer, including its own-branded line of professional-quality stainless-steel cookware, and a multitude of cute (and sometimes kitsch) kitchen accessories. Feel like taking a night off from cooking? Pick out something from the shop’s selection of “Dinners on Demand,” an ever-changing menu of frozen family meals prepared by the center’s chefs.
Sweet Supply Shoppe
A shop that caters specifically to bakers? Sweet! From specialty cake pans and cookie cutters to a selection of jimmies, sprinkles and sanding sugars in a rainbow of colors, this treasure chest at Antioch and College in Overland Park has all the goods you need to make amazing baked goods. Like to share the treats you make with others? The Sweet Supply Shoppe also carries a wide range of food-grade packaging and presentation pieces (including wedding cake stands) to make it easier to show off your skills.
Pryde’s Old Westport Kitchen & Necessities
When it comes to kitchen goods, if Pryde’s doesn’t have it, you probably don’t need it. On the other hand, you’re practically guaranteed to find plenty of gizmos and whatchamacallits you didn’t even know you needed as you trawl through the shelves of the store Architectural Digest magazine once called “the hardware store for cooks.” The historic three-story brick building on Westport Road is packed from floor to ceiling (literally—check out the chandeliers made of whisks) with kitchen accessories, bakeware, cookware, cutlery, small appliances, gadgets, specialty ingredients and tableware (including the biggest selection of Fiestaware in the Midwest) and more.
If it seems a little overwhelming at first, don’t worry: Owner Louise Meyers, whose parents started the business back in 1968, and her friendly staff are always on hand to guide you to what you’re looking for—or to simply pour you a cup of tea or coffee to help power you through a marathon browsing session. While the amazing selection and customer service are enough to recommend it, the shop’s dedication to its community is one more reason we love Pryde’s. Visit prydeskitchen.com for a coupon and when you spend $25 or more in store, you’ll receive a free bag of Pryde’s special blend coffee and the store will donate $5 to the St. James Food Pantry at The Bishop Sullivan Center.
Season + Square
Although it’s only celebrating its first anniversary this month, this little gem in the parade of shops at 63rd and Oak (just east of Brookside) has quickly become a must-stop shop for creative cooks. A mouthwatering array of herbs, spices and seasoning mixes blended and bottled by owner Andrea Joseph line the reclaimed wood walls hand-built by her husband (and the store’s co-owner) Christian Joseph, tempting customers to experiment with new flavors. Season + Square also has plenty of mixers, bitters and more from small-batch producers all over the country for wannabe mixologists looking to stock their bars with unique ingredients for craft cocktails, not to mention specialty ingredients and edible treats (many of them locally produced), handcrafted kitchen and home accessories and great gift ideas for those who like to cook (or just like to eat). Follow the shop on Facebook for news of upcoming events and workshops, including a collaborative craft cocktail class with Chris Ciesiel of The Campground (see page 72) and siblings Jess and Ben Anthony of Wood + Salt (page 89).
Vita Craft Factory Outlet Plus
Did you know that one of the top names in cookware at European and Asian markets is made right here in the Kansas City area? Shawnee-based Vita Craft Cookware produces high-quality multi-ply stainless steel pots and pans that are designed to help preserve the vitamins and nutrients in foods and to allow for cooking with less oil, creating healthier dishes. The brand’s factory store, located near the intersection of Johnson Drive and Nieman Road, is the perfect place to learn more about the brand and pick up products to see the benefits for yourself. l