We try not to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to food presentation, having the right serveware and bakeware can inspire one to bake and cook away the day. Good looking "ware" also makes it look like you know what you're doing no matter what the outcome.
Here are five places in Phoenix to check out to give you and your kitchen that, "Oh this old thing?" effect.
MADE is only 700 square feet and inventory changes quickly, so if you see something you like, you'd better grab it quickly! The ceramic items featured are perfect for kitchen, home and garden. Where else will you find wine stoppers made of bike parts? There are lovely teapots available along with fun everyday bar-ware. The best of thing of all- they're nearly all handmade- none of this "made in China" business.
La Grande Orange While not known for kitchenware, most of the time LGO has some better-than-etsy vintage finds and some whimsical Jonathan Adler items.
LGO also carries practical items like whisks and unique wooden spoons that double as drum sticks. In addition, while you're there you can find some fun hostess gifts....or gifts for yourself.
Kitchen Switchin' Amazing glass pie plates, fun utensils, and more, all at consignment prices! Not only do they sell gently used electronic items like mixers and makers of all kinds, but you'll also find appetizer plates, fancy bakeware, serveware and cook books. You can browse their selection online by brand as well! Shop here before selling or buying kitchen items on eBay or Craigslist. Or, stop in when you're bored and you'll be sure to find something you didn't know you needed.
The Secret Village In this compound of three buildings on Indian School Road, you want to head to the first one on your left. This place will make you want to add cabinets to your kitchen just so you can buy and display all the wonderfulness packed into one building.
Oh- and there's garden stuff too. Be sure to leave plenty of time to browse, there's a lot to take in. We found this fun plate, which fittingly, explains the difference between porcelain, ceramic and other types of kitchenware materials.
Standard Restaurant Supply
Many restaurant in town use Standard Restaurant Supply and to paraphrase one Yelp reviewer, this place is "Williams Sonoma on welfare." Shop here before attempting any large holiday meal at your house and now you can afford to replace all of those nasty looking cookie sheets with shiny new ones!
What this place lacks in fanciness it makes up for in sturdiness. A great place to pick up gifts for culinary inclined brides, but don't expect tons of customer service.
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