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Everett said the store was stocked for three different audiences, including the students, residents in surrounding downtown neighborhoods and tourists to the downtown area. Any product not in the store can be quickly ordered, Everett added.
There will be school merchandise, marked with the distinctive chef’s hat logo on gifts such as decanters and mugs but, like any other college bookstore, the school’s logo is also on items such as sweatshirts, sweatpants, golf shirts and baseball hats. There were also be enough cooking and baking ware and cutlery to satisfy students, cooking hobbyists and gourmet chefs, she said.
“You are looking at the creme de la creme of knives,” Everett told a visitor, as she pointed out a display of Wusthof knives from a noted German cutlery manufacturer, among the white ramekins and other serving dishes so popular for food presentation, and a wall of kitchen gadgetry.
Students in the store seemed impressed with the selection as well. “I’m very excited,” said Shawan Hudson, 17, of Buffalo, as she stood in line waiting to purchase her chef’s uniform. Hudson is a graduate of Emerson High School in Buffalo where students also are required to dress in chef’s clothing. She’s hoping to be a pastry chef.
The store, which is operated by the school, will add a level of activity to the downtown area that will be complimented by the several hundred students learning, shopping, dining and entertaining themselves downtown.
“We are grateful for Barnes & Noble’s eager willingness to create a store that fits in with the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s goals and mission,” said James P. Klyczek, NCCC president. “A culinary themed store where students and visitors can find the latest in cookware and cookbooks is certainly unique, but a welcome addition to the facility. It should greatly enhance the experience for visitors and ties in well with our soon-to-be opened retail outlets and community education kitchen.”Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.