Our Story

   Established 1979   

In 1979, Margaret Junkhan established her kitchenware store after several years of teaching French cooking classes with the Ames Continuing Education Program. She saw a demand for a store, within the Ames, Iowa community, when cooking starting to become the "in-thing" to do with Julia Child coming to the horizon and awakening interested in French cooking. 

After 39 years, Margaret transitioned the store ownership to Mindy Bergstrom, a Minnesota native, who wanted to transplant roots in the Ames community. Mindy was a regular customer, when visiting family in Ames, for a handful of years prior to purchasing the business. 

Although under new ownership in 2018, Mindy has kept the same values Margaret had for 39 years. 

  • Customer Service

  • Over 20 years combined Team Experience

  • Quality Products

  • New and Interesting Gadgets

Cooks' Emporium is involved with the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Cytes as well as the Ames Main Street - Downtown Ames organization where Mindy serves on the Executive Board since 2019.

In The Press

March 3, 2018: Ames Tribune - New Owner of Cooks' Emporium Planning 2019 Remodel

https://www.amestrib.com/news/20180308/new-owner-of-cooks8217-emporium-planning-2019-remodel

March 9, 2018: Gourmet Insider - Cooks' Emporium gets New Owner

https://www.gourmetinsider.com/cooks-emporium-gets-new-owner/

March 2, 2019: Gourmet Insider - HTI Annouces 2019 Best of Award Winners, Cooks' Emporium Rising Star Retailer

https://www.gourmetinsider.com/hti-announces-2019-best-of-award-winners/

March 12, 2019: Gourmet Insider - Cooks' Emporium Remodel Marks One Year with New Owner

https://www.gourmetinsider.com/cooks-emporium-remodels-marks-one-year-with-new-owner/

April 12, 2019: Ames Tribune - Cooks' Emporium Reopening its Doors after Remodel

https://www.amestrib.com/news/20190412/cooks8217-emporium-reopening-its-doors-after-remodel

April 15, 2019: Gourmet Insider - Cooks' Emporium Reopens

https://www.gourmetinsider.com/cooks-emporium-reopens/

May 20, 2019: Ames Tribune - Nook & Nest opening on Main Street this Saturday, Cooks' Emporium sister store

https://www.amestrib.com/business/20190510/nook-and-nest-opening-on-main-street-this-saturday

October 16, 2019: Gourmet Insider - Cooks' Emporium Celebrates 40th Anniversary

https://www.gourmetinsider.com/cooks-emporium-celebrates-40th-anniversary/

October 17, 2019: Ames Tribune - Cooks' Emporium Celebrating 40 years in Ames' Main Street

https://www.amestrib.com/business/20191017/cooks8217-emporium-celebrating-40-years-on-ames8217-main-street

November 1, 2019: Ames Chamber of Commerce - Mindy Bergstrom named Entrepreneur of the year

https://www.ameschamber.com/news/chamber-publications/ames-chamber-of-commerce-and-affiliate-organizations-announce-annual-award/

November 18, 2019 7AM: KHOI Radio - Local Talk: 7:40AM Mindy Bergstrom promotes Small Business Saturday

December 31, 2019: Ames Tribune: New Downtown Business Aims to Create a Waste-free Future

https://www.amestrib.com/news/20191231/new-downtown-business-aims-to-create-a-waste-free-future

March 12, 2020: Supplies run low Businesses affected as COVID-19 concerns continue to rise

https://www.amestrib.com/news/20200312/supplies-run-low-businesses-affected-as-covid-19-concerns-continue-to-rise

May 14, 2020: Small Businesses take a long view on reopening

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2020-05-14/livable-wages-working-families/some-small-businesses-in-ia-take-long-view-on-reopening/a70215-1

July 31, 2020: Nook & Nest expands next store with Stationery

https://www.amestrib.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/07/31/nook-and-nest-taking-over-empty-slot-next-door-expanding-to-sell-stationary/112700834/

October 21, 2020: Woman who Create

https://www.isupjcenter.org/programs/women-who-create/

November 13, 2020: Z.W. Mercantile relocations near sister stores

https://www.amestrib.com/story/news/2020/11/13/i-love-our-downtown-bergstrom-relocates-z-w-mercantile-near-sister-stores/6277740002/

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COVID-19 UPDATE as of November 2, 2020:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: Noon - 4pm

 

Store Floor is open with new shopping guidelines.

Closed on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.

Customer Service: 515-233-4272

Email: CooksEmp@gmail.com

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