I recently discovered a joy of a store for those who like to bake and cook -- called, fittingly, Birmingham Bake and Cook. It's in Inverness in the same little strip plaza as Ginza (which is where I was for lunch -- had to indulge my bibimbab craving), and it has that wonderful welcoming, unique personality of a store locally owned by someone with a passion for what they do.
The store is stocked with a lovely selection of cookware, bakeware, knives, kitchen tools, gadgets, appliances, grilling supplies, specialty foods and more. I tasted pink sea salt mined in beautiful stone chunks from under the Himalayas. The owner is happy to tell you about her latest finds, her favorite things, the newest trends (Caribbean blue is the hot color in cookware this year, I learned), and more.
But Birmingham Bake & Cook goes beyond a store, They have cooking classes, demonstrations and events galore, a lending cake pan library and a used cookbook exchange. Some of the upcoming events include a beginners' knife skills class, a no-knead bread class, a summer salads class, the Art of the Sandwich class, and more. I'll definitely be back.
Check it out at www.bakeandcookco.com or look for them on Facebook.