So, how did it all start?
After successfully launching a kitchen store in Wyoming, Vicki Primrose opened the Chef’s Shoppe in June of 1997. Not long after moving to Edwardsville, IL with her husband Dr. Joe Primrose, Vicki spent the afternoon looking for cookie cutters. When none were to be found in the local shops, she decided Edwardsville needed a kitchen store. (We owe it all to cookie cutters – or the lack there-of.)
In January 2006, Nancy and Scott Schneider purchased the business from Vicki. Nancy ran the day-to-day operations including the purchasing for the store while Scott did all the back-end bookwork. In July of 2009, Nancy and Scott (with the help of their employees and friends) moved the shoppe to its current location increasing the store to 4,000 square feet. (And they thought Nancy would never fill it up!) Homemade Fudge was added the same year.
Popcorn – Popcorn – Popcorn
Who needs popcorn? Nancy and Scott decided everyone does. So in May 2012 the Chef’s Shoppe expanded again, taking over the 2,500 square foot space adjacent to the existing business and adding popcorn. But they didn’t start small – offering over 70 flavors of popcorn every day, the Chef’s Shoppe entered the popcorn scene in a big way. Scott, having officially retired after 32 years with AT&T the year before, is the head “popologist”. With the help of his merry band of popping and coating specialists they turn out hundreds of gallons of popcorn every week. ALL are made fresh in house – ALL are available to taste before you buy – ALL are so delicious that picking just one is nearly impossible.
The success of the Chef’s Shoppe is attributed to two things. The first is our 20 plus employees who work here, making the Chef’s Shoppe a fun place to shop. And the second is our valued customers who make our jobs rewarding, constantly inspiring us to do better.
At the Chef’s Shoppe, we want to be more than just a store where you can buy “stuff”. We want to answer your questions, help you find solutions to your problems and, we want to enrich your lives through our service and our products.
The Chef’s Shoppe is a locally owned and managed hometown kitchen accessory store, bringing quality to your kitchen. Stop by today to try our gourmet fudge and popcorn.