Kitchenware for Creative Cooking

Monday - Wednesday: 9:30am - 6pm

Thursday: 9:30am - 7pm

Friday: 9:30am - 6pm

Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm 

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

Customer Service: 515-233-4272


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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