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I live in Chelmsford MA, 35 mi NW of Boston. (Boston is too far away to shop) We do most of our shopping in Nashua NH, also in greater Lowell MA These two cities plus their suburbs comprise about a half-million people. But I'm having difficulty finding a good kitchen-supply/cookware store around here. (doesn't everyone have to cook and eat?)

Up until a few years ago we had two. I'm always looking for kitchen stuff - pizza stone, mortar and pestle, baking pans, etc. I'm looking for a store that has a SELECTION of these things so I can pick the one I like. I don't want to buy on the internet because I like to touch and hold kitchen tools to assess their quality and how they'll feel in my hands.

When I Google on "kitchen store" or "kitchen supplies" I get hits on businesses that install kitchen cabinets. I tried "Cookware" and "Massachusetts" I got hits in Albany and White River Junction in Vermont!

The nearest cookware store to me is William Sonoma down in Burlington but they seem to mostly sell expensive yuppie stuff, and not a very big selection. I'm looking for one of those crowded, cluttered kitchen supply stores that has everything, and lots of it. That's how the stores that went out of business were.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have you tried "restaurant supply"?

    1. Try a search Under (kitchen supply direct) There are a lot of on line ordering places, as this seems like the only way you are going to find anything you are looking for with out a long ride. We have a store in Ct. on the Berlin Tpke. In Berlin Ct. but that's a long way for you to go browsing. Hope this helps you some what! Earle

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      1. re: Earle

        Ooh, ooh! More info, please! Do you know of any others in CT, preferably south or east?

        1. re: theferlyone

          theferlyone: Are you familiar with Chef's in Wallingford, CT?
          http://www.chefsequip.com/

          Earle...I am up and down the pike all the time...where in Berlin are you talkin' about? :)

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Classic Restaurant Supply on Murphy Road in Hartford, right off of Route 91. Their retail store is not to be believed!

            1. re: shaogo

              Oh, right--I know Classic, thanks. I was thrown off b/c Earle said it was on the pike in Berlin. Maybe there's another store we don't know about? :) I am stumped!

              While we're on the topic of kitchen supply places in the Hartford area, let's throw Everything For the Kitchen in East Hartford (on the Glastonbury line) into the mix. It's in the same building as Shampoo One, kind of diagonally across from Putnam Bridge Plaza. Not a giant spot like Classic or Chef's, but may come in handy for those who are looking.

              Another favorite when we're in Northampton is Different Drummer's Kitchen.
              http://www.differentdrummerskitchen.com/

              And my last piece of advice is not to skip La Fiorentina (bakery) if any hound gets to NoHo...especially for cannoli!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Hi, did you hear Everything for the kitchen had a pretty bad fire? Haven't been by so don't really know the status.....thanks for the other recs though, I need to check them out.

                1. re: geminigirl

                  I did because it also impacted the spa at Shampoo One (above that location). The other part of Shampoo One is still open, but as the spa was right above the kitchen store, both were hit hard. I haven't heard when either the spa or Everything for the Kitchen will be open again. What a shame! :(

                2. re: kattyeyes

                  Update: extensive fire damage to Everything For the Kitchen in East Hartford, CT on the Glastonbury line. Currently closed. Hope to see it open again--it's a great little store!

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Now I have to go to Chefs in Wallingford. *sigh* No more 1/2 price cookbooks.

              2. re: kattyeyes

                I have been banned from going there w/the kids- I love that place so much I can't get out in under 60 minutes, at least. And I always buy more than I intended! It's great-especially the huge selction of items for the "professional" kitchens.

                Also try Everything for the Kitchen in Glastonbury, CT (Main Street). They have a ton of 1/2 price cookbooks in the back room!

                1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                  Well, not anymore, they don't (see post above from geminigirl, then my reply). It was a very nice store! I do hope they plan to reopen.

                  We have spent similar blocks of time at Chef's. We bought our espresso machine there...among many other things. :)

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    No way! They did have a working kitchen in there, so maybe that's it. I hope nobody got hurt. Fire sale?

                  2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    Everything for the kitchen is now open under the name For The Kitchen down the street from the old store. Vicky still owns it. It's in the Bertucci Plaza in Glastonbury. It opened around Thanksgiving 2010.

                    http://www.forthekitchen.com/ for directions.

            2. You can find some selection (and have fun shopping) at Bed, Bath & Beyond. There's surely one somewhere near you. Real kitchen supply stores are few and far between. A local Marshall's if you have one sometimes has the oddest odds and ends, including kitchen goods, and sometimes they ARE really good. Target --- if you don't turn up your nose without investigating-- can supply some things, and I ordered and got a terrific 8 quart Le Creuset type pot at, are you ready? Walmart. A product recommended by Cook's Illustrated, the whole deal. Happy prowling!

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              1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                You got MY attention with the 8 quart comment. I need that size and just can't justify big bucks these days. I make a Will Owen pork shoulder recipe that I've had to put a huge rock (over five pounds cause it's heavier than my cat and that's what she weighs!) on the lid to hold it down. I'll be checking WM post-haste. You won't be seein' any turned up nose on me :)

                1. re: c oliver

                  My bad, c. It's a 6.5 quart size Tramontina (in my house that counts as big). Here's the link:
                  http://www.walmart.com/browse/Kitchen...
                  It was $45.00, and they used their interstore delivery so there was no shipping. But I'm afraid that's too small for your pork shoulder, and I'm sorry to have raised your hopes. Keep the rock.

                  1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                    Yeah, I found that out :( I went right to the website and saw it maxed out at 6.5. Ah well, something to be on the lookout for. Thanks anyway, BT.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Try Home-Goods- saw that pot there a few weeks ago, but didn't see the price. You have to be careful, there, but you can find Le Cruset items, as well as All-Clad at deeply discounted prices. But check for authenticity. Plus, they are owned by Marshalls, so check there, also.

                  2. re: c oliver

                    I searched the web a few years ago, and many people who do a lot of cooking thought that the Tramontino pans were very good. You can purchase them at Walmart. I also recall some Consumer magazine saying that Tramontino made pots like the 5 qt. LaCruesett, but that they only cost $50 or so.

                  3. re: BerkshireTsarina

                    "You can find some selection (and have fun shopping) at Bed, Bath & Beyond.... Marshall's ... Target... Walmart ..."

                    Thanks, but all the places you named are places I already go to. Plus local supermarkets, Kohls, etc. Right now I need a mortar and pestle - the kitchen store that closed in Nashua had a whole selection of them. I'd also like some commercial-quality bakeware.

                    But why is it so hard to find a kitchen store? People have to cook, don't they? I also like to work on my car and there's a car-parts store in almost every town despite the fact that Sears and Walmart, etc, also sell car car parts and tools.

                    I don't want to buy online because you can't assess the quality of tools or containers without looking at it and holding it in your hand. There's too much cheap quality stuff to take that risk.

                    1. re: plnelson

                      You might want to take in mind that most of the "commercial quality" bakeware and cookware will probably seem cheap compared to what is marketed to consumers. It's one of those aha moments, when you realize that restaurants use much cheaper cookware than consumers do. No AllClad or Le Creuset in the average commercial kitchen. Just average aluminum or stainless skillets, (not non-stick), and aluminum or stainless stockpots. Same goes for baking trays and loaf pans.

                      1. re: hilltowner

                        I noticed that also. I assume it's because they take a lot of abuse and are going to have to be replaced regularly, whether expensive or not? But they're SO fun to go in. They do have everything!!!

                      2. re: plnelson

                        For mortars and pestles, I like the big stone ones that are in oriental stores. I'm in Central NY, so I can't recommend specific stores in your area, The Ikea in Stoughton has some terrific equipment as well, although that's not very close to NH.

                    2. There is a kitchen supply store in Kingston, NH called Alternative Sales. It is one of the "crowded kitchen stores", but they also have tons of equipment, both used and new. They mostly supply restaurants, but the store is open to the public. Rte 125

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                      1. re: purchaser1

                        Have you tried the outlets in Wrentham? They have LeCrueset, Williams Sonoma, Calphalon and a few other stores. You can get some really good deals when they have clearances and stuff plus you can get coupons from the Welcome Center if you have a AAA card.

                        1. re: SuperGrover

                          Good one (forgot that for CT)! Le Gourmet Chef (formerly in Clinton, CT) has moved to the Tanger Outlet stores in Westbrook. Same deal as SuperGrover mentions above re coupon books for AAA members.
                          http://www.tangeroutlet.com/westbrook

                      2. I googled Kitchen supply store in NH, here is what I got.

                        CDC COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EQUIPME 800-523-0083


                        Old Lake Rd
                        Laconia, New Hampshire 03247

                        N H RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT SALES 603-668-1110


                        783 2nd St
                        Manchester, New Hampshire 03102

                        B & D RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT CEL 603-305-9974


                        Nashua, New Hampshire 03060

                        1. I've never been to this place personally, but my business partner recommends it:

                          http://www.independent-restaurantsupp...

                          It's in Portsmouth, NH, on the Rt. 1 Bypass.

                          It's more of a commercial restaurant supply, but I believe it is open to the public.

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                          1. re: dukegirl

                            I have been several times. Their selection is vast, prices reasonable, and service good. Mostly commercial and restaurant quality, and if they don't have it - you probably don't need it

                          2. Is McDonalds Kitchenware Store still open in Nashua? I've driven past this place, never gone in myself ...
                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/mcdonalds-kit...

                            I miss the one that was in Nashua, what was it? Kitchens Etc.?

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                            1. re: mamabrarian

                              That yelp review sounds great! I'll call them tomorrow. I hope they're still around.

                              There used to be two stores I knew of in Nashua - there was a Lechters in the Pheasant Lane Mall and there was a Kitchen store (or Kitchens etc?) in the shopping center that has the Pier1 and the Barnes and Noble. Both gone now.

                              I've been to the outlets in Wrentham but that's farther away than Boston.

                              I could see blowing a whole day driving 70 miles roundtrip (my house to Boston) and paying 15 dollars to park if I was 100% sure there were no closer alternatives (or if I lived in the sticks of Montana or Alaska) but where I live is a densely-populated urban/suburban area with lots of industry and people so it seemed odd to have so much trouble finding kitchen supplies.

                              WRT the Concord Shop - I was there a few years ago but it seemed like a small gifty place rather than a full-scale kitchen supply store. I'll call them tomorrow to see if they have pizza stones and mortars and pestles (the 2 things on my current shopping list)

                              1. re: mamabrarian

                                Was still open last time I looked. It looks like something out of the 1950s, but they have a lot of things of interest.

                              2. I love the Concord Shop in Concord MA - it's crowded but they have a great selection.

                                http://www.concordshop.com/

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                                Concord Shop
                                13 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742

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                                1. re: candaceb

                                  I second your review of the Concord Shop as well. They have a very good selection and some things I haven't seen anywhere else, at least not for a long time. However, one caution: the service tends to range from aloof to surly.

                                2. i used to buy a lot of stuff at holyoke kitchen supply co. they were bought by this company, which used to be in springfield, but is now in agawam. the holyoke operation always had a huge selection of stuff at reasonable prices. might be worth a shot.

                                  http://www.kittredgeequipment.com/

                                  1. Did you try United Restaurant Suppy in downtown Lowell. I believe it is still there ,,,,,,Many moons ago they were pretty good.

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                                    1. re: nana

                                      If that's the one on maybe central and appleton, I see that all the time at the light and want to go in - It's a restaurant supply place.
                                      http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Low...

                                    2. there's a fantastic one in Manchester NH

                                      NH Restaurant Equipment Sales - nhrestequip.com
                                      783 Second St, Manchester - (603) 668-1110

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                                      1. re: edinaeats

                                        good to know, thanks edin........

                                      2. what about Kittredge in springfield? it's AWESOME....i do all my shopping for the bistro there....they are also open to the general public

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                                        1. re: christiane314

                                          Kittredge is a great place....

                                        2. I love these places.
                                          I googled "restaurant" supplies in Worcester. If you're up and down the pike then Worcester isn't a far reach.

                                          A. Alpha Restaurant Equipment - alpharestaurantequipment.com - (508) 757-7889 - 1 review

                                          B. Westerman Store Restaurant - www.westermanstore.com - (508) 756-7777 - More

                                          C. S&S Food Equipment Service, Inc. - www.ssfoodequipment.com - (508) 756-1146 - More

                                          D. Caravan Co Inc - maps.google.com - (508) 752-3777 - More

                                          E. Westerman Store & Restaurant - www.westermanstore.com - (508) 753-9833 - More

                                          F. Worcester Industrial Products - www.shortening-shuttle.com - (508) 757-5161 - More

                                          G. RHVS Plumbing Heating & Drn - maps.google.com - (508) 770-0500 - More

                                          H. New England Restaurant Services - maps.google.com - (508) 791-7306 - More

                                          I. Restaurant Hood & Ventilation Specialists - maps.google.com - (800) 770-0502 - 1 review

                                          J. Knife Pro - maps.google.com - (508) 393-0045 - More

                                          Also, the one in Portsmouth is supposed to be fantastic. Highly recommended by several woman in the business.

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                                          1. re: othervoice

                                            lol @ "Assess Their Quality" I find this easy..and hard at the same time.

                                            Easy part - Stay away from things with Made In China stickers on the bottom.
                                            Hard part - Everything is made in China!

                                          2. I'm surprised no one mentioned Gerrish Peters, on Broadway in Lawrence. Been there a long time, and it's been a long time since I was in there, but it's the kind of restaurant supply store you're looking for. Looks icky from the outside (or used to), but check it out.

                                            1. I know it is a bit far afield, but we use New England Kitchen Depot (we're an optical coating company but use a lot of cooking equipment in our processes!) in White River Junction,VT. I think they also have a place in Keene,NH)
                                              (http://www.nekitchendepot.com/equipme...). My wife and I also do a lot of cooking and find them pretty well stocked with just about everything.

                                              1. Have you tried Gillett Restaurant Equipment? They have 2 locations - Main Street North Brookfield, Ma and Route 5 in Holyoke, Ma. They have new and used items. The N. Brookfield store is a trip in-itself - packed with items! They have a web site - but does not go into detail about the quanity of items they have in thier stores.

                                                1. I lived in the Chelmsford area also and have the same complaint. I now live in Methuen and Linens and Things was our last real option. BBand B is a notch below LNT when it comes to kitchen stuff. How often do you go to Portsmouth NH? I know it seems far but it has a pretty strong foodie scene and some shopping nearby and Kittery over the bridge. Anyway, the last time I was up there I was heading into Dicks Sporting Goods and there's a big Kitchen store next door. It's at this link.

                                                  http://www.thekitchenstore.com/kicone...

                                                  Regrettably I had no time to go in and check it out. The Portsmouth/Kittery area is very easy to make a day trip out of with some great food to boot. Might be worth looking into. I can't honestly tell you what it was like inside though. . .

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                                                  Portsmouth NH
                                                  45 Gosling Rd # 15, Newington, NH