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Meet Marcia and Phoebe

As The Cupboard celebrates its 40th Anniversary, it is important to reflect on one of the main reasons behind The Cupboard’s success, their staff.  Each staff member contributes a tremendous amount to the vibrancy of The Cupboard.  We would like to share a little information with you about two of these very special employees.

One of our newest employees, Marcia Erickson, started at The Cupboard in July 2012, and has an interesting story as to why she decided to make The Cupboard part of her life.  Marcia is from Arizona, and received a degree from Le Cordon Bleu.  At Le Cordon Bleu, Marcia discovered her love for baking and pastries.  Marcia recently moved to Colorado in order to spend more time with her [Read more…]

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History of the Cuisinart: 33 Years at The Cupboard

For many of us modern home cooks, it’s hard to imagine life without a Cuisinart. We use them all the time: to whip up pestos or salsas, grate carrots or even make pastry crust. This tool is ingrained in the way we think about cooking. When the first Cuisinart food processor was introduced in the U.S. in 1973, however, it was a totally different story. [Read more…]

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Polish Pottery: a Cupboard Favorite

       In celebration of our 40th Anniversary Sale,

Polish Pottery will be 20% OFF October 1st -7th, 2012   

As you consider adding to your collection during our anniversary sale, (or starting a new one), we thought you might enjoy a little history of this fine pottery.

We started carrying Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec 15 to 20 years ago after it thoroughly charmed owner Carey Hewitt at a tradeshow. We now stock our shelves with a huge selection of the decorative dishes from two of the four cooperatives in Boleslaviec, Poland. While we’ve had them at the store for quite some time, and the Cupboard itself is celebrating  its 40 year anniversary, the history of Polish pottery goes back even further.

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94 cents…The Beginning to Something Great

The Cupboard celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

In preparation for this momentous event, we have pulled out the scrapbooks, dusted off old memorabilia and taken time to reflect back on what being in business for 40 years has meant.

The above picture is a photo of  the original receipt of Carey Hewitt’s very first sale at The Cupboard on November 22, 1972.  Carey shared with us a few of his thoughts about owning a small business for 40 years.

What do I see when I look back over 40 years of retailing housewares and decorative accessories at The Cupboard in Downtown Fort Collins?

The Cupboard opened in The Northern Hotel, in downtown Fort Collins, on November 22, 1972 It moved to it’s current location in 1978.

In short, I see people! A businessman once told me that he found it was more fun to do business than to study business.  Studying business means learning how to make it profitable and that is important, but the excitement comes from working with people.  Customers buying the products we offer keep this business going and challenge us to continually improve our selection and presentation.  I still remember my first sale of three wooden spoons for less than a dollar.

The staff that I work with daily inspires me with their hard work, their enthusiasm, and their dedication.   Over half of our current staff has been at The Cupboard for more than ten years which hopefully reflects an environment of empowerment, teamwork, and respect.

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Enjoying Izzybelle Chocolate Sauces

Thirty four years ago, the now married Jim and Karen Day had a hankering. Hot nights on the East Coast while the two were in college called for ice cream and, in their book, ice cream called for chocolate sauce.

The two started experimenting and before long, they’d created their own recipe. It became a family endeavor with the Day’s daughter being “raised on chocolate sauce” and it improved constantly for thirty years. The next chapter began while the couple was enjoying the farmer’s market near their home in Castle Rock, Colorado. They loved the fresh produce and local vendors and were suddenly struck with an idea: They could be a part of it, too! They named their new company after their beloved dog and began bottling their blend in 2007. The rest is history. [Read more…]