WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — a West Lafayette business is calling it quits after 25 years. KitchenArt will close its doors for the final time after a retirement sale this month.
The business is located in the College Park Center near Sagamore Parkway and Win Hentschel Boulevard. The business helped start the West Lafayette Farmer's Market and has also sponsored Art on the Wabash for the last 15 years.
“This was not an easy decision, but after 25 years, it is time for a change,” said Larry Oates who founded the store in 1994. “This closure is not a reflection of the business climate in West Lafayette. The West Lafayette area has been great to KitchenArt and me; I have been able to make a living doing something I truly love. But as I get older, it is time for me to make time to pursue my passion for wilderness backpacking before I am no longer able to do so.”
According to a press release, KitchenArt has hosted more than 1,250 cooking classes, conducted 35 tours of Chicagoland ethnic market areas with customers, employed more than 175 sales associates, and interacted with thousands of culinary-minded customers.
“I’ll miss the customers the most,” said Oates, who has formed life-long friendships with people he met when they came through the door of his business. “Our customers are as interesting to talk to as they are discerning about their culinary palette. I hope they will stop by to reminisce about their favorite cooking class or to share their favorite recipes with me over the next few weeks.”
A news release says it's closing so the owner can pursue goals outside the business.