The Cupboard-A Locally Owned Kitchen Store at the Beginning of a Food Revolution

Original storefront of The Cupboard in 1972, Fort Collins, Colorado

Original storefront of The Cupboard in 1972, Fort Collins, Colorado

In 1972, in the quiet town of Fort Collins, Colorado, Carey Hewitt opened The Cupboard. Hewitt modeled his store after the popular Denver store of the time Board and Barrel by selling a selection of baskets, pottery, and kitchen items. At that time the store was a mere 750 square feet, the same amount of space that now accounts for the tile foyer of the current Cupboard.  Little did the owner, Carey Hewitt, know that he would be at the beginning of a complete cultural revolution in food taking place in America. [Read more…]

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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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