GOURMET INSIDER® has named Chris Wiedemer, owner of Rochester, NY-based Cooks’ World; Karen and Brad Hughes of Cincinnati, OH-based Artichoke; and Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks On Main in Williston, ND, 2018 Gourmet Insider All-Stars.
“We are excited to name these three independent gourmet housewares store owners to our distinguished selection of All-Star retailers,” said Emily Cappiello, executive managing editor of Gourmet Insider. “These retailers are not just stimulating change and growth in our industry in the present, but all of them are also helping to push the independent gourmet segment into the future.”
Second-generation owner, Chris Wiedemer, is marking the 40th anniversary of Cooks’ World this year. The retailer’s emphasis on the three C’s — customer, collaboration and community — has helped him maintain success through the years.
Karen and Brad Hughes of Artichoke put careful planning into the design and merchandising of the store. The duo’s selection process is tough, due to the store’s space constraints, and has them constantly evaluating their product lines and vendor relationships as they search out newer finds that boast sustainability and responsible manufacturing.
Angela Skogen opened Williston, ND-based Cooks On Main eight years ago after settling back down in her hometown. She combined the business sense she learned in corporate America with the passion she had for all things centered around the experience of food. The result was Cooks On Main.
We got the opportunity to capture these All-Stars on video talking about product mix, authentic experiences and what makes them unique. Click here to check them out.