CARY — During their many travels, Dan and Diana Saklad of Cary would inevitably find themselves in the local kitchenware shop.
Now the new owners of Whisk hope their specialty store becomes a destination for Triangle shoppers and a go-to place for culinary inspiration.
“When you need something for the kitchen and wonder where to find it, we will be the answer,” Dan Saklad said. “We have more Le Creuset than anyone in the Triangle.”
Whisk opened Sept. 19 on the upper level of Cary’s Waverly Place shopping center. The store offers 8,000 products and features an 80-foot wall with nothing but gadgets.
Saklad pointed to the onion goggles on the way to his personal favorite: a layer-cake slicer for those hard-to-cut seven-layer specials. Nearby, cookie cutters are alphabetized.
“We feel like we can never get it all in one shop,” Saklad said. “There will always be something new coming in.
“We traveled the world specifically looking for products to put in this store,” he said. “Quality is of the utmost importance. We have all the big brands you know and products from local artisans. It’s a nice mix.
“Our passion is cooking and entertaining. We have found that using the right tools and cookware transforms the entire experience. We are being as local as we can be and still have access to the world.”
At the rear of the store is a full-size residential-style kitchen for cooking classes and demonstrations. Saklad said cooking classes are often held in commercial kitchens using cookware unattainable to anyone but chefs.
“When somebody takes a class, we want them to walk away and say, ‘I can do that.’ Our goal is to make it a fun experience,” he said.
The store has two in-house chefs and has signed others, including popular food writers Sheri Castle and Debbie Moose, to lead classes.
“There will always be something cooking in the store,” Saklad said.
Classes are arranged to appeal to everyone from experienced cooks to brides looking for a place to hold a bachelorette gathering.
Unique to the Triangle is Whisk’s knife-sharpening service.
“Nobody is doing it, and everybody has dull knives,” Saklad said. “The most dangerous tool in a kitchen is a dull knife.”
The store’s knife wall sports everything from high-end chefs’ knives from Germany and Japan to those suitable for a family picnic.
Whisk will hold its grand opening celebration Nov. 1-3. Saklad expects the focus to be on fall baking, with chef demonstrations and giveaways as well as manufacturer representatives on site.