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Jan 23, 2011 02:34 PM

Cookware/kitchen shops in Boston

Bostonians, where do you go to shop for kitchen supplies and cookware? I live in Brighton and Sur La Table in Chestnut Hill seems to be the closest to me. But, I'm interested in shops in the Greater Boston area, not just close to my home. A Google search turned up Kitchen Arts, which has closed. If possible, .I'd prefer to hear about independent or local shops, versus Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, etc. Many thanks!

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  1. try china fair in newton (needham road where all the stores are). great value and they have a kitchen shop plus a separate paper goods store.

    1. Try the Concord Shop in Concord
      or Kitchen Outfitters in Acton

      1. Don't forget the restaurant supply stores - Easter Bakers in the North End, Harbour out in Chelsea, Food Pak (more of an Asian bent) in southern Boston. They aren't going to give you the white glove treatment, but they sell at a pretty good price a lot of kitchen essentials.

        If you ever get down near Jersey, hit Bridge Kitchenware. Near Philly, head for Fantes.

        Kitchen Arts got replaced by Blackstones, I think, but its still a kitchen store on Newbury St.

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        1. re: grant.cook

          Globe in Waltham is another restaurant supply store that I've used. They used to be in Belmont. Very friendly service, and avoids a trip into Boston for those of us to the west.

        2. KitchenArts is now Kitchenwares. It is in the same location that Kitchenarts last occupied. The new owner seems to have injected a renewed passion into the business that KitchenArts lacked in its last several years of existence. They are also doing culinary related classes there.

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          1. re: Blue Point

            Exactly. Kitchenwares is just what you want: locally-owned, good stuff at good prices, and easily accessible from Brighton.

            1. re: Blue Point

              My experience is that Kitchen Wares is a huge step down from Kitchen Arts both in terms of merchandise selection and customer service. We don't shop there anymore.

              To the OP I start at China Fair in Cambridge and expand from there if they don't have what I need. Stoddards in Newton is tops for knives. The Wrentham outlets are good for cookware. If you can plan in advance you can get a good deal on almost anything online.

              As far as expensive shops are concerned you won't do mch better than SLT which you have already mentioned. Their return policy is excellent is you are a preferred customer.

              China Fair
              2100 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

              1. re: Gabatta

                Odd, since my experiences have been that the customer service improved about 5000% when Kitchenwares took over. Diff'rent strokes, etc.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  Wow 5000%! My experiences MUST be odd despite having shopped at Kitchen Arts for 15+ years. How does one settle on a service improvement factor of 50x?

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    Well, for a start, the current staff deign to notice my presence...

                2. re: Gabatta

                  I agree about Kitchen Wares. It seems that they've gone for gifty-type items rather than serious kitchen equipment.

                  If you're at China Fair in Cambridge, you should check out Tags Hardware in the Porter Square shopping center.

                  China Fair
                  2100 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

                  1. re: Velda Mae

                    +1 Tags.

                    I usually scour the cookware sections at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods as well. In fact, given that I am cheap, most of my pots and pans, knives and cutting boards have come from those places.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      I like Tags but it always seems a bit pricy..

                    2. re: Velda Mae

                      I think KitchenWares has improved a lot in its second year. The old manager is gone, still the same very nice owners but the new manager seems to like customers a lot more. The inventory has more than doubled and while there is still a presence of gifting items there are a lot more serious tools and cookware. And now that On The Edge has sadly closed it is the only independent cutlery store in Boston; and wouldn't you rather buy your stuff from a local store that cares if the customer is happy, not just about their commission? There's a reason they got Best of Boston

                      1. re: stroudsterb

                        the owners of KitchenWares are very nice and helpful, and this place is not a chain. I shop there.

                        That said, i also have picked up some larger equipment such as a Cuisinart and some Griswald cast iron pans by using Craig's list.

                3. I get all my kitchen stuff at China Fair in Newton. Especially love their house brand German knives