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Nov 26, 2010 08:41 PM

Best Indie Kitchen Retailers?

It being Black Friday, I'm reminded how I HATE shopping at, and supporting, the box stores and chains. Sometimes I even feel guilty sniping for bargains on the "Internets". One of my resolutions for 2011 is going to be to buy local whenever I can, and buy small/independent/USA elsewhere when I must (or when I travel).

So I'm wondering... What do CHs consider the best or their favorite brick-and-mortar, independent kitchen/chef's stores where they live, or even country- or worldwide? Is it Fantes in Philly? The Peppercorn in Boulder? Bridge E. Dehillerin in Paris? City Kitchens in Seattle? And what makes that store your favorite?

Seems to me that if we have a good city-by-city compendium, it might be useful for travelers, tourists and locals alike.

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  1. There is a really neat kitchen store in Fredericksburg, Texas of all places! Not much copper but lots of great tinned molds, ceramic bowls, offbeat utensils, etc.

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    1. re: tim irvine

      tim: Is it Der Kuchen Laden? If so, their hosted website looks good, as do their prices. Thanks.

    2. In Pittsburgh, PA, we have In the Kitchen.

      They sell Le Creuset, btw, but they told me they don't list it online because their prices are too low.

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        1. This is a great idea for a thread. I hope there are lots of postings.

          The Cook's Shop in the historic river town of Marietta, Ohio

          Cook's Wares in Cincinnati and Springboro, Ohio. 2 locations

          Several retailers in the Ohio Amish Country carry kitchen equipment and gadgets. Walnut Creek Foods has an extensive selection.

          1. Anyone from N'awlins want to weigh in?