Cook’s Pantry, a kitchenwares store based in Rochester, MN, has announced that it is putting in a section of giftable goods in the front of the store. The product selection will feature items for men, women, children and pets. According to the store’s Facebook page, the gift section is currently stocked with the first of the new items, scented soaps and lotions from the San Francisco Soap Co. and Be Well.
Cook’s Pantry is the second store opened under the ownership of Holly Mangelsen, who was named a 2016 Gourmet Insider All-Star. She also owns Acorn Pantry, also a gourmet housewares store, as well as a coffee shop and restaurant in Siren, WI.
In her video interview with Gourmet Insider during the magazine’s All-Star visit, Mangelsen discussed the growing merge of the gift and gourmet business and said it would be an industry game-changer in the future.