Cooks’ Emporium, located in Ames, IA, has marked one year with its new owner Mindy Bergstrom. Bergstrom took over the store from previous owner Margaret Junkhan, who opened the retail store more than 40 years ago.
“One year ago today, I signed paperwork to take over Cooks’ Emporium and I must say, it had been the most amazing year of my life to see my dream become a reality,” she posted on the store’s social media feeds.
Additionally, the store is finishing up a remodel commissioned by Bergstrom and will be moving into its fresh space in April. She planned to gut the store in order to maximize space as well as add a new kitchen.
The store was also named HTI’s Rising Star retailer at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show.