Valley Kitchen Shop Opens at The Farm at South Mountain
The owner of Kitchen Classics, a kitchen supply store and cooking school at 40th Street and Thomas Road, has expanded her business by opening a new location at The Farm at South Mountain.
Located in Skeeter’s Cottage at the front of the 10-acre property on 32nd Street south of Southern Avenue, The Kitchen Store specializes in top-of-the-line cooking products, including everything from kitchen gadgets, pots and pans to a variety of knives, silicone bakeware and home espresso machines.
“The idea is to give the community something that isn’t already here,” said owner Shauna Halawith, who runs the store with help from husband Brian, sons Chef J and Garrison, as well as daughters Stefanie and Candice.
A resident of central Phoenix, Halawith’s interest in the area was sparked while having dinner at Quiessence, a restaurant and wine bar located at The Farm. Jokingly, she mentioned to Quiessence owner Patricia Christofolo the idea of opening a second location for her kitchenware store on the property. As it turned out, space was available and The Kitchen Store opened within a month.
Part of the plan for the family-owned business includes hosting smaller versions of the popular cooking classes held at Kitchen Classics. Ideal for private parties and as a corporate team-building activity, classes are limited to six people and are taught by Chef J, with assistance from Garrison.
Thanks in part to the success of the Food Network, the culinary industry has exploded, and the resurgence in interest has helped demonstrate an aspect of cooking that Halawith stresses.
“Food is fun,” she said. “We love the idea of providing the community with high-quality kitchenware, and all the while having a really good time. We really want to have fun with what we do.”
Besides creating an enjoyable atmosphere, the staff at The Kitchen Store prides itself on knowing the finer details of every product they sell. This knowledge not only includes the supplies needed when creating a meal, but also the items used when cleaning up once cooking is complete. Among the cleaning products offered at the store are microfiber dust cloths, mops and mitts; dishwasher additives; and leather cleaners.
Due in part to the success of Kitchen Classics’ most popular product, the Mystic Maid Cleaning Cloth (which is also offered at The Kitchen Store), a cleaning session was added to the class schedule at the central Phoenix location.
On July 16, The Kitchen Store will hold a summer opening party. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., will feature smoothies, iced drinks and treats for customers, as well as specials on select in-store items. An official grand opening will take place later this year.
The Kitchen Store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. During the fall, the store will also open on Sundays. More information is available by calling 602-677-4166.