Biz Line: Cookin’ Cowgirl
Q. What type of business do you operate? What do you sell, or what service do you provide? A. Cookin Cowgirl is a wonderful kitchen and culinary boutique including kitchen accessories, appliances and unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. With products from Arthur Court, All-Clad and Oxo to name a few, the Cookin’ Cowgirl has all the options for your holiday, wedding or hostess needs. Q. Where are you from and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County.
A. Martha Griffin owned and operated the Kennebunkport Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, for 22 years. After Martha and her husband Rick sold the Inn in 2001, she was anxious for another project. She is a professional chef having attended culinary school in both Paris and London. She has written a cookbook titled “Lobster Tales,” and also ran a cooking school in Kennebunkport. Lydia Griffin, daughter of Martha and Rick, grew up in the Kennebunkport Inn and is well trained in the service industry. Having spent four years in Colorado Springs at Colorado College, she spent much time in Breckenridge. After college, however, she was afforded the opportunity to live in Prague in the Czech Republic for a year with the U.S. ambassador and his wife. Her responsibilities included assisting the ambassador’s wife coordinating dinner parties, fundraising functions and decorating projects. Together, Lydia and Martha complement each other well to provide excellent knowledge for their customers in the culinary and entertaining industries. While in Breckenridge last winter, Martha was redecorating her condo and struggled to find the kitchen and home products that she desired. Further research proved there was not a kitchen boutique in Summit County. With Martha’s energy and years of experience, she figured it would be a great and rewarding challenge to open a retail store of her own with her daughter Lydia. Q. What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?
A. Cookin’ Cowgirl is a small, family-owned and operated business. It is unlikely that you will shop without seeing Lydia or Martha. Martha’s knowledge of culinary products is obvious in the selections of cookware and cutlery. Every item is carefully chosen by the mother/daughter team. The Cookin’ Cowgirl offers custom bridal registry and gift registry. Appointments are helpful and ensure that Lydia and Martha will be available to cruise the store with the bride and help her choose those special items that no one else will have. If she does not find what she is looking for in the shop, there are books full of gorgeous products that can be custom ordered. The possibilities are endless. Q. What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County? A. The Cookin’ Cowgirl was set up to help residents as well as the visitors to Summit County. With everything from coffee-makers to bamboo cutting boards to hand-painted wine glasses, the Cookin’ Cowgirl can accommodate the needs of Breck locals and second-home owners, as well as the needs of all visitors looking for creative gifts for the dog/cat-sitter, a souvenir or just something to remind them of their special vacation in Breckenridge.
Q. Why did you choose to open where you did? A. Located in the Town Square Mall, the Cookin’ Cowgirl is in a great location for locals to park in the back lot and just run in for their entertaining emergencies. It is accessible and convenient for shoppers buying the larger and heavier products and easy for those just browsing. Q. What are your plans for your company’s future? A. Lydia Griffin and Mike Hudacsko expanded the Cookin’ Cowgirl with the development of http://www.cookincowgirl.com. The Web site complements the bridal registry portion of the business and allows shoppers all over the country to buy their favorite products. The Web site highlights recipes, provides entertaining tips and is a site for shoppers to return to on a regular basis, just to check in.
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