The Cupboard is a collection of diverse people who work together to order, receive, price, stock, sell, and wrap up each customer’s purchase. Some are younger. Some are not. Some have been here 20 years and some are just starting. Some grew up in Fort Collins, but many have not. The following profiles of The Cupboard staff will give you an insight into the role each person plays in bringing this ever-changing selection of merchandise to you our customers.
The Cupboard Staff
Jim is the owner of The Cupboard who grew up in Fort Collins and in The Cupboard itself. He returned to work at the store in 2007 after several years of school and work in California. He especially likes the super automatic espresso machines from Capresso, for they make a great cappuccino quickly. In his spare time, Jim loves to spend time with his wife and three children.
Carey started The Cupboard in 1972 and has been active in its daily operation since that time. He still enjoys seeing new merchandise presented well and then being well received by our customers, but the highlights of the business are the staff he works with and the customers who frequent The Cupboard. As a former junior high school teacher, he is excited to teach retailing to staff members, and is particularly enthused about working with his son Jim.
Janet is a retired kindergarten teacher who has helped us part time since 1980. Working at The Cupboard has been her adult playtime though she might see us all as just big kids. Janet is co-authoring a book about children and their school journey. She loves spending time with her husband as well as her daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter, in addition to helping us at The Cupboard in her spare time.
Phoebe grew up in Timnath, went to Fort Collins High School, then to Colorado College, and eventually came to The Cupboard in 1984. She currently orders Japanese ceramicware and cast iron accessories. As an art history major she is especially attracted to the handcrafted, uniquely decorated Japanese pottery that she selects from over 200 potteries in Japan. Away from the store Phoebe enjoys friends, family, and her two beautiful border collies that take her on walks throughout the city.
Debbie has been active in the continuing development of The Cupboard since coming to work here in 1989. As an avid reader and cook Debbie is particularly attracted to our cookbook selection, which has over 2000 different titles. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling, as well as spending time with her husband, son, and pet golden retriever.
Maureen has been an integral part of The Cupboard’s expansion since joining us in 1990. Living downtown for the past two decades, Maureen enjoys dining, working, and shopping all within a few blocks of her home on Mountain Ave. She loves orchids, art, jokes, and especially Maryland blue crabs, in addition to her husband, daughter, and two wild Westies.
Patty has worked in many capacities since coming to The Cupboard in 1991, but now she is the store manager, which means she is qualified to herd cats. She enjoys cooking, eating good food, and drinking good wine. Patty is particularly attracted to the beautifully decorated stoneware dishes from Poland. Off hours Patty is outside running, hiking, biking, skiing, and enjoying time with her husband and two daughters.
Kathie started working retail in her home town of Billings, Montana, but joined The Cupboard staff in 1992 where she has been assisting customers ever since. She loves dishes and her only problem is finding enough cupboard space for all her favorites. Kathie loves to read, cook, garden, and go antiquing, as well as spend time with her husband, two children, and five grandchildren.
Cherie can troubleshoot anything from espresso machines to food processors and has been solving problems at The Cupboard since 1995. After returning from CSU as a full time student in landscape architecture, she now is in charge of buying coffee accessories. Her favorite Cupboard product is the Vitamix blender because it will do everything you want it to do and then some. She loves to garden, play with her dog Lucy, and spend time with Jason.
Polly has had many responsibilities since coming to The Cupboard in 1996 after graduating from CSU, but just now she is in charge of bakeware and managing our receiving room. She loves geeking out over new products, drinking coffee, looking very busy, knitting, and the cottonwood trees in her backyard. Polly spends her time outside The Cupboard with her two daughters, mother, two cats, and one slightly insane dog.
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Kari started working at The Cupboard in 1996 and is now responsible for ordering our extensive selection of specialty foods. Working with local vendors is a highlight for her, and she is partial to our retro towel collection. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, spending time with the family, riding with her husband on their motorcycle, and eating blue corn pancakes with pinon and blueberry compote.
Cathy grew up in Lamar, Colorado, where she had a children’s clothing store for 14 years, but she has been working at The Cupboard since 1998 as our buyer of linens, throws, baskets, candles, glassware, holiday accessories, and Polish pottery, and is now our chief merchandiser. She is truly passionate about this beautiful pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland, and in fact has twice taken staff members from The Cupboard to visit this historic pottery co-op. Cathy enjoys traveling, reading, antiquing, and staying in touch with her four children scattered about the west.
Steve has worked in retail (primarily book stores) since 1985, but joined The Cupboard in 1999 where he is the buyer of cookbooks, kitchen electrics, and wood carts. He coordinates the store’s music selection, and his concern for the environment has resulted in our ongoing recycling effort. His favorite products include Ritter Sport chocolate, his Henckels santoku knive, Abdullah caramels, and Snickerdoodle coffee. Steve enjoys reading, music, biking, running, and spending time with his wife, two children, a dog, and a cat.
Amber arrived at The Cupboard in 2000 and is now responsible for ordering paper goods, salt and pepper mills, and all things wood. The Epicurean cutting boards are one of her favorite products, as they are both functional and attractive. Amber adheres to the motto “live how you want to be remembered,” and loves the time she spends with her husband, two daughters, and their big goofy dogs. She also loves reading, family history, and being outdoors.
Kim put herself through CU as a barista at a local coffee shop, but since coming to The Cupboard in 2004 she has found a new love. Her dilemma at the store is that she loves chocolate, but there are too many kinds to choose from! As a mother Kim spends most of her time taking care of her three children, being with her husband, and if time permits, reading and watching movies. She orders all of our kids merchandise.
Ingrid joined The Cupboard staff in 2006 after much marketing and retail experience and is helps in displaying and merchandising. She loves to cook and entertain, often using the Colorado Cache Cookbook, the first of four excellent cookbooks from the Junior League of Denver. Ingrid enjoys golf and tennis in addition to spending time with her husband, her two grown children, grand-children and her two cats.
Maya was born and raised in Hawaii but came to college at CSU and eventually joined The Cupboard in 2007. Her weakness at the store is our chocolate case where we have a wide selection of truffles, petit fours, nut clusters, toffee, and many seasonal candy delights. Maya and her husband enjoy snowboarding, sushi, their two ball python snakes, and their daughter.
Ben joined The Cupboard staff in 2011. He has an extensive background in retail as well as graphic design. He loves the outdoors, and especially likes hiking, biking, and fishing. He is also passionate about cooking, screen printing, and tie-dying. He loves Jackie’s Java coffee, and has a fondness for licorice caramels and salt licorice buttons. Ben is in charge of ordering cutlery and barware.
Marcia joined us in 2012 after moving from Arizona where she attended culinary school and worked as a pastry chef. She orders all of the yummy candy that you love and is our event coordinator. She enjoys dancing, biking, reading, and using her Kitchen Aid mixer. Not many know this, but Marcia’s favorite animal is the hippo. You’ll have to ask her why!
Carolyn joined The Cupboard in 2012 after moving from Phoenix where she graduated with a degree in Global Business Management. She is the buyer for tea accessories and coffee beans. She likes reading, biking, and rock climbing. She loves the Staub ovens and our assortment of French presses because she is a coffee expert and has worked at several coffee shops.
After graduating from CSU and managing a restaurant, Dan joined The Cupboard in 2013. He’s an avid golfer, loves to camp, watch the Broncos, and play with his dog Misty. He is passionate about good food and loves to tour the local restaurant scene. His Swiss Diamond 8 inch pan is a favorite because of its durability and the fact that nothing will stick to it. Dan orders the huge amount of cook’s tools that we carry.
Marin joined The Cupboard staff in 2013 after spending much time in both Germany and the U.S. She is an avid ping pong player and loves to play the recorder. She also loves to bake, cook, felt and weave. Cookware and cutlery are her favorite categories at The Cupboard, so she is a great fit as our cookware buyer.
After raising two boys, Christy joined The Cupboard staff in 2013. She is a Colorado native and loves hiking with her family, biking and reading. Her favorite tool in her kitchen is her Henckels knife. She has developed a love for Polish pottery and our gadget section, especially the Charles Viancin silicone lids and the Garlic Twist. Christy orders our wood serving pieces and serving slabs.
Barb joined The Cupboard family in 2014. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She loves hiking, camping, biking around Fort Collins, reading, travelling -especially to the Maryland shore, with a mandatory stop at Phillip’s Crab House for crab cakes. Her favorite things from The Cupboard are the gadgets. The one that she uses daily to make tea is the small conical strainer.
Kira joined The Cupboard staff in 2014 after graduating from CSU in 2010 with a degree in organismal biology. She has a passion for raptors and volunteers regularly with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Her celebrity status began at an early age when she appeared on the Huggies diaper bags (both boys and girls). Her favorite Cupboard product is the attractive and functional silicone lids from Charles Viancin.
Lisa joined The Cupboard family in 2014. She is a long time Fort Collins resident and graduated from CSU in 2010 with a degree in poetry, English and creative writing. She loves her Kitchen Aid mixer and uses it to make breads, cakes and cookies. Lisa and her husband recently got chickens and are leaning how to raise them.