The Culinary Stone

Culinary inspiration

Culinary Stone makes kitchen the gathering place

Courtesy of CDA Press

Sandra Gunn knows something about hospitality. As the owner of the Coeur d'Alene Olive Oil Company, she's familiar with what her community wants and is confident that her new store, The Culinary Stone, will meet those needs.

"I don't want to be that stuffy gourmet food store," Gunn says. "I want to change the culture of cooking. Our goal is to have fun."

The 5,500-square-foot store opened earlier this month in Riverstone in what was originally designed as a Barnes & Noble outlet. Gunn and her partner, Sandy Volker, believe in offering their customers the best products they can find, but not at outrageous prices.

Their salami, for example, is from a company in St. Louis and isn't found anywhere else in the western states. It was voted the best salami in the country by Forbes magazine and is hormone-free, organically raised and made by hand. The cheeses they carry are also artisan, many made locally.

Whether it's beautifully decorated plastic plates, a pig-shaped whisk, or a rack that roasts turkeys "the right way," you'll find a wide variety of whimsical yet practical, reasonably priced kitchen gadgets. There is an extensive collection of cookbooks, many from the Northwest, wines, cutlery, specialty foods, dinnerware, pots and pans - if it belongs in your kitchen or dining room, you'll find it here.