The Cupboard, a Fort Collins, CO-based gourmet housewares store, recently celebrated its 44th business anniversary. The store held a weekend sale and in-store events with demonstrations, giveaways and more.
Additionally, The Cupboard hosted a knife sharpening event on Oct. 8 in which patrons could bring up to four knives to be sharpened for $3 each. The proceeds went to the cancer treatment fund of Same Glossi, a young boy battling cancer. More than $1,300 was raised for the family.
When Carey Hewitt opened The Cupboard in 1972 in Fort Collins, CO, he had a 1,200 square-foot store and no retail experience. More than 44 years later, the success story of the gourmet housewares store spans not only two generations, but across the U.S as well.
“It started out very small and then people started asking for more kitchenware items. When we expanded the first time in 1978, my dad really decided to focus on kitchenware,” said Jim Hewitt.
The store expanded again and by 1994, the size of it had more than doubled and the choice to focus on housewares proved successful for the business. So much so that it inspired the opening of The Coastal Cupboard, a Mt. Pleasant, SC-based gourmet store whose owners have roots in Colorado.