For those who have wandered around the Newgate Mall in Ogden looking for the Love To Cook store — it closed several months ago. As some of you know, I taught cooking classes at the store, and really enjoyed it! I was bummed when I heard the it had closed.
The demonstration kitchen was stunning, and Iit was a pleasure to chat with the students who came to the classes. It was also fun to come up with new recipes, and to share some of those from my “Soup’s On!” cookbook. I liked perusing (and sometimes buying!) all the wonderful gadgets, tools, pots, pans, ingredients, etc. I thought this was a great addition to the Ogden area.
But, on June 28, few days before my scheduled class, I got a voicemail message that the store was discontinuing its classes. Then about a week later, one of my friends was in the Newgate Mall and noticed that the store location was dark and empty.
The Love to Cook store in Logan has been going strong for about 20 years, and it’s still open. It’s always risky to open a new store, and I’m not sure that the Ogden location got the marketing effort that was needed to build a strong customer base and keep the store in business. For the first six months, the company website had a lot of information about the Logan store, but it didn’t list even the address or phone number of the Ogden store. I heard from several readers who had heard of the store, but didn’t know how to find it, or what number to call to register for a class. Although traffic at the Newgate Mall would see the store, I wonder if a lot of potential customers didn’t know the store existed.
I’ve not heard anything from the store management since the closure. I was so bummed when I heard that it had closed, I didn’t want to write about it. But since my blog’s stats show that there have been a lot of web searches for the Love To Cook store, it’s apparent that people are wondering what happened.
For those who enjoyed shopping and classes at Love to Cook, you can still make the drive to Logan. There’s also a store in Clearfield, For Your Kitchen, that has many of the same products.