By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
A well-known regional kitchen store is coming to downtown Salina!
Hutchinson's Apron Strings Kitchen Store is expanding to 143B South Santa Fe Avenue with an anticipated opening on Oct. 1, owner Anne Dowell told Salina Post.
"We are a kitchen store that carries quality cookware, tools and gadgets, and appliances. Our staff is trained to answer cooking questions and help find the appropriate tool for your needs. We are a great store for practical gifts for everyone from the home cook to the trained chef," she said.
"We pride ourselves on quality merchandise at fair prices. We will have an array of brands including Le Creuset, Staub, DeMeyer, Vitamix, Cuisinart, Bosch, Zwilling, Wusthof & Henckel," Dowell added.
The original Apron Strings opened in downtown Hutchinson in 2008. So why expand to Salina?
"I see Salina as a great opportunity in a thriving community. We were able to work with quality developers that made the decision easy for us. We have many great customers that currently drive to Hutch often to shop our store and we want to make it easier for them," Dowell explained.
Additionally, Dowell said that downtown Salina location was a good fit for Apron Strings.
"We like the downtown community vibe. We are a unique store and fit well with other boutiques. Strip malls and big box stores aren’t our thing," she said.
Dowell has a strong sense of community.
"We strive to provide a fun experience with unique tools and gifts. We try to give our shoppers the attention and advice they need when shopping for cookware, cutlery and appliances. We are a privately owned small business and our goal is to develop relationships in the community," she said.
Dowell said that with the scheduled grand opening on Oct. 1, there will be grand opening events through Oct. 10.