Gourmet cookware, bakeware store now openChefs and home entertainers are going to love the latest shopping option to arrive in Sioux Falls.
Cooks & Bakers Kitchen is in a new retail center at 5906 E. 18th St. next to Crumbl Cookies.
It’s owned by Joanne Bogus, who moved to Sioux Falls last year from Florida after an extensive career in the hospitality industry that included roles at the Ritz-Carlton, the Kennedy Center and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Hard Rock Cafe and Walt Disney World.
“It’s definitely coming together how I envisioned it,” she said. “And from the comments I’ve received, people think it’s very different and something Sioux Falls has needed. They like the look and feel, and there’s a lot of excitement.”
Cooks & Bakers Kitchen is designed to create “a welcoming feeling as if you’re coming into our home,” she continued. “They can look and see and feel the products. We talk about their features and benefits and how to take care of them. There’s quality and longevity to the cookware and bakeware we carry.”
The store is continuing to receive new merchandise. Cookware lines include Nanobond and Probond Stainless Steel by Hestan and Smithey’s Cast Iron, and a nonstick line from Swiss Diamond. Bakeware includes products from USA Pan and Nordic Ware and many baking accessories.
Cooks & Bakers Kitchen also exclusively carries Jura fully automatic coffee makers. Bogus is working with Coffea Roasterie in demonstrating the machines.
“We have some other really cool brands like the sought-after Nora Fleming tabletop entertainment and collection of minis,” Bogus said.
“Plus, you’ll find barware, entertainment accessories and gadgets galore.”
The store includes a high-end demonstration kitchen with “top-of-the-line LG appliance and Café induction cooktop from our partners at Dugan Sales & Service,” Bogus added. “It’s a much more heat-effective method of cooking. We will begin demonstrations starting in a month or so.”
She has received many inquiries about cooking and baking classes and for now is offering them by appointment only.
“Guests can come in with a few friends, customize their experience and learn hands-on, or they can be an audience while we bring in someone to demonstrate,” she said.
Some public events likely will be added, along with other future programs such as a bridal registry, in addition to its existing VIP club.
Since moving to town, Bogus said the community has been welcoming.
“People have been calling and asking about the business since last fall, and that’s been the best,” she said. “Especially coming from Florida, I’m honored and humbled by it.”
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Other businesses in the retail center include Buff City Soap and a nail salon opening later this spring.