Give a former Williams-Sonoma employee 250 square feet of retail space and what does she do? Open a kitchen shop, naturally, filled with new and used stuff. Donna Suh Wageman rolled out Pot + Pantry last week at 3412 22nd Street, the former home, briefly, of clothing boutique Leisure Birds.
Suh Wageman spent two years at Williams-Sonoma as a merchandise coordinator and inventory management person, then spent the next year keeping an eye out for a storefront of her own. The used stuff she sells? She prefers to call it "gently used" or "vintage," pretty much anything but appliances (apart from the shop's prop range) and cutlery. Plus, Suh Wageman says, "I'm not a huge fan of single-purpose tools," i.e. clunky monstrosities like the Margaritaville. "They take up a lot of space in people's kitchens," she says, "and then they just want to get rid of them."
Starting in December, Suh Wageman hopes to begin doing buy, sell, and trade.
Pot + Pantry: 3412 22nd St. (at Guerrero), 206-1134. Open Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 12:30-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Follow on Twitter at @potandpantry.