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Where Cooks Shop: Great Cookware Shops from Coast to Coast

Score new finds for your kitchen at these cook-approved spots around the country.

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Gadgets Galore

When it comes to experimenting with new recipe ideas in the kitchen, it seems a cook can never have enough tools at the ready. One great source for expanding your arsenal is those little indie cookware shops stocked with hard-to-find gadgets, one-of-a-kind kitchen items and other treasures for the culinarily minded. Read on for our recommendations from coast to coast.

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Artichoke, Cincinnati

Adjacent to the beloved Findlay Market you’ll find Artichoke, a newly opened shop in a lovingly rehabbed building in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It’s owned by husband-and-wife team Brad and Karen Hughes, who bill Artichoke as a store “to meet the needs of experienced and novice cooks.” In addition to the basics, they stock unique pieces, including one-of-a-kind kitchen items handmade by local artisans.

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The Garlic Press, Normal, Ill.

The Garlic Press was founded by Dotty Bushnell in the mid-’70s and began offering cooking classes in a nearby church kitchen in 1978. These courses provided a community of sorts, where the culinarily minded could gather to sharpen their cooking skills … and inevitably bond over a shared love of food. Today that mission is still alive and well. In addition to its classes, The Garlic Press is known for its knowledgeable staff, whose expertise is particularly helpful when it comes to differentiating among the many lines of cookware sold here. The store also offers whole-bean coffee, artisan jewelry and a line of flax clothing.

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The Chopping Block, Chicago

The Chopping Block, which has been serving Chicagoans for 18 years, has a simple mission: get people to cook. To do so, it operates the city’s largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offering demonstration and hands-on classes, as well as wine courses, private cooking parties and corporate team-building events. It’s not unusual to find Chef-Owner Shelley Young chatting with shoppers about their latest adventures in the kitchen (yes, she’s genuinely interested in how that newest set of pots and pans is working out for you). It’s kind of like a talk with Mom, but with professional-level cooking advice to boot.

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