Brad and Karen Monzel Hughes looked at the idea of “retirement” as an opportunity for a new adventure, one they could take together as they created something unique. Merging their love of cooking and design, they have embarked on a new entrepreneurial venture called Artichoke. Artichoke, a “curated cookware collection,” fills a void at the Market and in the urban core, where it is the only store specializing in high quality cookware. The Hughes’ have renovated a 150-year-old OTR Italianate building they obtained through a City program for development in the Findlay Market area, and have worked with Terry Boling, an award-winning architect and DAAP faculty member to design a unique retail environment, complete with demonstration kitchen. Their goal is to create a synergy with other Market vendors and chefs in the area, promoting healthy and creative cooking.
Artichoke focuses on unique, well-designed, and sustainably manufactured cookware products from the US, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. Visitors to the Market will find everything from unique gadgets and cutlery to pots and pans, with attention to excellent design and functionality. Artichoke is at 1824 Elm Street, with easy entrance from the Findlay Market North Parking Lot and Farmer’s Market.