"My father had a background in the food and restaurant industry," Chris recounts of the family's perseverance through recessions and store floods. As a second generation operator of the family business, Chris, alongside his brother Alex, grew up amidst the cacophonic clatter of forks and tongs. "It was a natural progression for us to continue doing what we enjoyed," Chris says of how the entire family greets every customer with a smile. Stocking all manner of kitchen and baking implements as well as large commercial equipment, the store houses over 5000 different items from silicon macaron mats to 60-litre mixers.
"The right tool can yield the right result. If you don't have the right tool, you might be discouraged from wanting to cook," Chris says of his desire to facilitate a smooth kitchen experience for his customers. With their own gadget-furnished kitchen, the family often test runs products before featuring them on their shelves to ensure quality for their customers. "We've tried dehydrators to turkey fryers," Chris says.
The family is so knowledgeable of the inventory, that they can recommend a product based on vague description alone. "I once had a customer searching for a French pastry mould solely on shape," Chris recalls.
Sourcing items from trade shows and through extensive research, Chris often marvels over the new products peppering the culinary world. "It's neat to see how excited people get," Chris says. They're often thrilled to learn of alternative uses for products, he explains, and refers to a customer who purchased a fruit slicing device to scallop potatoes. "We are the place where foodies go," Chris smiles; he's even supplied a family in the Yukon and provisioned a survey team in the Arctic Circle with a mobile kitchen.
"Seeing someone happy is contagious. There's satisfaction in helping people. If we're connected to their happiness, it gives a sense of joy," Chris says, as a woman rushes in a minute before closing to purchase a pastry brush. With experience anticipating and supplying the needs of customers over the years, from fondue forks to two-pronged rosette moulds, Chris' Store Fixtures has been featured in the Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton Magazine and even Canadian Living.
"It's nice to see the generational changes with another generation embracing cooking like they've seen their grandmothers do," Chris says of the ebbs and flows of food trends. With thousands of tools on hand for the home and professional cook, Chris' Store Fixtures can guide foodies through a culinary landscape where scrumptious results are but a whisk away." >