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Heart of a Home: Pot & Pantry
By Dawn Hunt

Nearing its third year in the Mission District, Pot + Pantry has become a must-stop shop and fixture in a neighborhood known by many local and touring foodies alike for its stellar eateries and boutiques. However, those seeking that ever-elusive cooking tool or hard-to-find kitchen component know to visit this tiny shop.

Sure, shiny and fancy gadgets are always interesting, but really, what beats a well-worn, slightly dented rolling pin that leaves tiny indentations in your favorite sugar cookie dough, or a beloved cast iron skillet that’s fried more chicken than the colonel? Not much. Cooking to some is seen as a disaster waiting to happen, a panicked call to the fire department, or inedible globs of mystery concoctions. But to others, cooking is something to be savored, taken seriously and without regret, an act of pride and love to share with others on porcelain plates. This act of sharing good food created with tools both old and new is something owner Donna Suh Wageman recognized was missing from the kitchenware industry. Having worked at various retail companies in the past (including Benefit Cosmetics and Williams-Sonoma), her understanding of what the public wants is exceptional. “This is my first store. I opened it because I always liked cooking and the idea of showcasing new and used items. I noticed there wasn’t really a market for upcycled kitchen tools, so from there, the store was created.”

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Food Issue - Released October 2012
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