The store itself is charming; every detail has been carefully chosen and displayed with a keen eye, from the creamy mocha-and-white-striped walls, Hubbardfoss’s handmade wooden shelves, cash wrap, and the store’s sidewalk sign to the weathered wood floor and kitchen-themed art. “I wanted the store to feel like a home. Initially I was inspired by Julia Child’s replicated kitchen in the National Museum of American History, as the outline of pots and pans on the pegboards were fantastically functional. Her kitchen’s design and style of teaching the art of cooking really resonated with me, as I hope my store encompasses what she tried to convey to her fans: a sense of warmth, heart, humor, and efficiency. Julia Child said it best: ‘You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients,’” says Wageman.

Wageman’s desire to stock unique and diverse items only adds spice to her store’s popularity, as its ever-changing inventory keeps people coming back again and again. “I can never seem to have enough mortar and pestles, butter dishes, Common Good dish soap, anything vintage cast iron, or old egg beaters. The most popular items in the store are probably the coasters and trivets by Molly M Designs that were made exclusively for sale in my shop,” she says. Her personal favorite is also the cheapest item sold in the store: “I love my toast tongs!” Made from wood with a small magnet attached so you can keep it stuck to your toaster, it’s really a useful tool for only $9.


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