susan's kitchen drawer
EXCEPTIONAL COFFEE • BEAUTIFUL GIFT BASKETS
WORLD-FAMOUS CHEESES • OLD WORLD FOODS • GOURMET CHOCOLATES
In 1865 the doors to the "Italian Warehouse" first opened. The floors and counters brand new, the tin ceiling fresh and untouched by electric lights. Fashioned after a store somewhere in England, the name meant that only the finest of foods and wines and liquors were carried there.
Today we still walk on the same floors, use the same counter and the tin ceiling has had a few coats of paint. Walking into Cooke's takes you back to a kinder, gentler time. Antiques and collectibles sit proudly at the top of shelves, cranberry glass lights hang amongst the electric ones, the floor creaks beneath your feet, and service is the order of the day.
In 1910, my grandfather, Hugh G. Cooke, came to work for the second owners, the Henderson Brothers. You can see the stained-glass sign bearing their name over the door. In 1924 he purchased the business and changed the name to Cooke's. His vision was to offer his customers the finest of foods and the best service. Cooke's installed only the 4th phone in the City because the other phones were owned by customers! We still have that phone on display in the shop.
Products then were shipped along with wonderful props to help in their merchandising. We still have some on display. During WWII, our mail order business was born, to serve customers that wished to ship items overseas to their husbands and sons. We have been shipping products around the world ever since.
My grandfather's motto was "If we don't have it, we'll get it for you". We still try to do that. Cooke's has carried some unusual products over the years. At one time we imported tiny boxes of "Chocolate Covered Baby Bees" and "Deep-fried Grasshoppers" as well as tins of "Rattlesnake Meat". Cooke's has a wide variety of products, what you see on the website are just a few.
Generations of families have shopped here. Many people still remember my grandfather, Hugh G., my father John, and I hope in forty years or so they'll tell my children that they remember me.
– Susan D. Cooke
61 Brock Street, Kingston, ON K7L 1R8 in downtown Kingston,
just up from Market Square
T: 613-548-7721 F: 613-548-3449
2395 Princess Street, Unit 6, Kingston, ON K7M 0C4
The EDWARDS Building
280 Main Street
Picton, ON K0K 2T0
in historic downtown Picton
Brock Street Store Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Monday to Saturday
and Seasonally open on Sundays (please call for holiday hours)
Princess Street Store Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday; 9:30am-5:00pm Saturday
Picton Store: Seasonal - call for current hours
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