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Pot & Pantry launches on Elgin Street

Sweet tooths know Robin Coull as the genius candy maker behind Morsel artisan caramels, but now they’ll see her in action inside her new kitchen and specialty food store Pot & Pantry.

Coull chose the name Pot & Pantry because "it's simple and playful, but you can picture right away what types of things might be inside"
Coull chose the name Pot & Pantry because “it’s simple and playful, but you can picture right away what types of things might be inside”

Located on Elgin at the corner of Cooper, the brand-new store takes a fresh approach to the general stores of old, with shelves filled to bursting with a carefully curated cornucopia of cooking products, hand-crafted dishes and tea towels, and locally made, small-batch food and drink by the likes of Cardamom & Cloves, Buchipop, Lowertown Canning, Top Shelf Preserves, and Alicja Confections, just to name a few.

City Bites Insider met with owner Robin Coull in the busy few days ahead of Pot & Pantry’s Grand Opening weekend.

Owner Robin Coull will preside over the grand opening of Pot & Pantry kitchen and specialty food store on Nov. 19 & 20
Owner Robin Coull will preside over the grand opening of Pot & Pantry kitchen and specialty food store on Nov. 19 & 20

How did you find this spot?

I’d been looking for a while and I noticed this corner [at Elgin and Cooper streets]. It was a condo sales centre, so I knew the space would be for lease at some point — as soon as it came up, I jumped at it. It’s a retailer’s dream to have a corner location and I love the buzz on this section of Elgin. There’s a lot of great stuff around here, including Boogie + Birdie and The Gifted Type in the same strip.

It seemed like you opened almost instantly.

I know! From the time I signed the lease to opening the doors it was just 5 weeks.

Wow! The place looks amazing. Tell me about the design.

I worked with Spruce Design. They did an amazing job helping me to put it all together. I wanted Pot & Pantry to look a bit like a traditional general store, but also modern, clean, and comfortable. So there’s obviously a lot of shelving, including the walnut ledges, as well as great wallpaper. I want people to feel at home and welcome when they walk in the door.

And the name Pot & Pantry?

I wanted to get across the idea that I’ll have kitchen products and food. Pot & Pantry is simple and playful, but you can picture right away what types of things might be inside. I didn’t want to be too cool and abstract — I didn’t want to have to write a tagline for people to know what we are about!

What happens to Morsel, your caramel business?

It has been on the back burner for the last little while, but I do intend to keep it going. I’ll be selling my caramels at Pot & Pantry and in other stores. Morsel is a different type of creative outlet for me so I want to keep it going.

Coull wanted Pot & Pantry to look a bit like a traditional general store — but more modern, clean, and comfortable
Coull wanted Pot & Pantry to look a bit like a traditional general store — but more modern, clean, and comfortable

This place is full to bursting. Can you point out just a couple of favourite products that people should look for?

My stock of Tunisian tea towels. They’re gorgeous and absorbent. I’m carrying some woven baskets from a textile designer out of Montreal. Her company name is Sainte Marie — I saw them in Montreal and was immediately drawn to them. They’re so beautiful and versatile at the same time. I love the pottery I’m selling by Blackbird out of B.C. It’s handmade and you can tell. Every one is slightly different.