Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Walking into Hill’s Kitchen is like walking into an ongoing party. Regulars are greeted by name. Out-of-towners are asked where they are from and are encouraged to show pictures of grandkids. Owner Leah Daniels serves as the quintessential host by listening to stories, demonstrating products, and solving kitchen woes. What makes this gourmet kitchenware store different is that it’s so gosh-darn fun. The front of the store changes to match the seasons and gadgets are center store (along with cutting boards, varieties of jams and honey, and aprons), while cookbooks, baking pans, and kids supplies are in the back. Cooks of various levels will find products that encourage an enthusiastic cooking experience. It will get you inspired to put down the takeout menus and go back into the space that is your kitchen.