Carl St. John, who along with his wife Catherine runs the Hudson-based Western Reserve School of Cooking, says they will open a new cooking school and cookware shop in Ohio City. He adds that they were pursued by neighborhood development folks to do so.
While modeled after the 41-year-old cooking school (the St. Johns purchased the business in 2007), the two businesses will be operated separately. Like the Hudson-based shop, this will be a non-accredited school offering recreational cooking classes.
The school and store will be moving into the old Cleveland Public Art space, which is around the corner from Great Lakes Brewing Co. The space is both larger and more accommodating than the one in Hudson, a cramped storefront on the town green.
"We'll be able to shift the focus from retail to the cooking school," explains Carl.
High ceilings, an open layout and better lighting add up to an overall better configuration for the classes. Large windows will allow passersby to watch in-session cooking classes, many taught by area chefs.
If all goes according to plan, the retail portion of the business might be up and running by the holidays, with the cooking classes coming on line by early next year.
Asked why Ohio City seemed a good fit, Carl said, "Just look around and see what's going on in Ohio City with all the brewpubs, restaurants, and the West Side Market, which is not going anywhere and is a great tie-in. The feedback we're hearing is that people on the near west side are clamoring for a place to get kitchenware. It seemed like a logical fit for what is going on there right now."