Copper Kettles – Cooked to a Crisp

Copper Kettles Kitchen Store closing in Hoboken, NJ

Copper Kettles Doomed in Hoboken NJWell, this is really no surprise. Copper Kettles is closing soon in Hoboken. In fact, their website arrived early to the closing ceremonies.

But why? Might you ask, would a wholesome store filled with “necessities” close in Hoboken? Hmm. I don’t know where to begin, but let’s ponder many of the possibilities here:

  • Hoboken Historical Commission BULLSHIT. I recall when the previous doomed business opened, and then closed (Life is Good), they said that the city would NOT allow them to modify their storefront to make it more attractive to retail customers. Fuck these “know it all’s” and their (non) knowledge of what it takes to maintain a thriving local business. Who the hell are they to tell a business what works and doesn’t? BOO!
  • Everyday goods on Washington Street? Fugghedaboutit! Well, it’s apparent that these business-owners didn’t realize the power of the internet and online commerce. Because pretty much everything they sold could be had at 20-50% less online. And customers obviously knew that. Sorry.
  • Speaking of price – one thing happens that allows a business to “charge more” than online. It’s called customer service. Apparently Copper Kettles could not offer that “after the sale” perk that would entice customers to be willing to spend a few extra bucks. Whoops.
  • Complete lack of passion. Other than the BS city crap most businesses have to contend with – THIS may be the main reason Copper Kettles failed. They had the pulse of a pile of ROAD KILL. Such a minimal effort to engage customers. To build relationships. To interact with passerby. To show that “stuff was happening inside.” Apparently – this business thinks everything can be achieved digitally – with no “organic” involvement. Or a simple sandwich board that says “stuff is here.” Well, what happened?

Copper Kettles Hoboken NJ Doomed Closing

Regardless – we’re not certain they’re relocating anywhere else (based on their non-existent website), it’s apparent that “kudos” from phony blogging bitches and glossy advertising magazines is actually the kiss of doom. In the end you get what you put in, and they didn’t put much in other than “daddy’s capital.”

You want kitchen stuff? Head up to Battaglia’s on Willow. A long-time business (who hopefully survives).

Description: Empty Storefront Coming Soon
Address: 536 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Web: N/A
Phone: N/A

Copper Kettles Hoboken – 536 Washington St.

11/5/2011 Update:

Had a chance to swing by Copper Kettles (536 Washington St.) the other day – and spent some time taking pictures of the store as the shelves were being stocked with inventory. Owner Bina Patel has this message for Hoboken residents!

“Greetings, Hoboken!

I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Grand Opening of Copper Kettles on Monday, November 8th!

Copper Kettles, located at 536 Washington Street, aims to provide experienced chefs as well as the simply “epicurious” the tools necessary to take a recipe from stovetop to tabletop, and to do it with flair! Whether you’re preparing an every day dinner, entertaining family and friends, or looking for something unique, our goal is to help you find quality gifts and essentials for the well-equipped kitchen.

So come by, take a look around and give us your feedback – doors open at 11am and we look forward to meeting you!”

Take a virtual tour of the store (24 images). Click the icon on the lower right for full-screen HQ photos:

Open Seven Days a Week

Copper Kettles will be open seven days a week, with the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 11am to 8pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 6pm

Copper Kettles: Kitchen & Housewares

9/20/2010 Update:

Coming soon to occupy the vacant former home of Spreading the News – Life is Good at 536 Washington Street is Copper Kettles.

Many Hoboken ladies I’ve spoken with are thrilled, saying the upcoming store opening is quite a bit more exciting that your usual bar, restaurant or massage parlor. Other residents, who were a bit disappointed that Battaglia’s moved so far uptown were pleased to have a closer option – but pray that more practical items will be for sale besides “over-priced kitchen tchotchkes.”

1/6/2010:

What Next? (536 Washington St.)

[Continuing this week’s “What’s Next for Hoboken?” series here on Hoboken41…]

What next at 536 Washington Street Hoboken NJ

“Historical Preservation” causes loss of money

Face it – whether you enjoy the architectural design styles of days gone by or not – some storefronts are just not attractive anymore in Hoboken.

I recall the defunct owners of Spreading the News – Life is Good at 536 Washington Street telling me about the nightmares they had to go through just to open up their tiny t-shirt store. The bottom line was, that they were unable to make any major modifications to facade and window area, the signage – not even that ugly black color!

Not sure about you, I feel that unless they relax these so-called restrictions on businesses that choose to open shop here – pretty much anything that comes here is doomed!

31 Responses

  1. plywood says:

    How about using the storefront for headquarters of the “Bring Trader Joe’s to Hoboken Blogging & Petitioning Committee’.

  2. DEADMAU5 says:

    I am frightened to see the owner of the Greek place looking at that dog. Makes me think twice when I go to diners and Greek places, makes me ask myself “Why did that meat taste so weird” Also is this the same place that has campaign headquarters for someone this past year?

    • lhoward222 says:

      Hey! That dog is Hoboken411’s beautiful friendly mascot Oscar. No mention of dog and “weird tasting” in same sentence.

      In response to DEADMAU5 who said:

      I am frightened to see the owner of the Greek place looking at that dog. Makes me think twice when I go to diners and Greek places, makes me ask myself “Why did that meat taste so weird” Also is this the same place that has campaign headquarters for someone this past year?

  3. upyurs says:

    I kind of like the fact that we maintain the historical look of the town. That is why many people came here in the first place. If we didn’t have this area as a historical area there is no telling what kind of signs we would have in our time. Look at the sign for 7 Star Pizza or the signs at the upscale Maxwell Buildings, they are horrible for that building. Have you ever seen 7 Eleven signs in other towns and look how classy the one in Hoboken is.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      LMAO. And I suppose these AT&T and Verizon stores look just great to ya.

      In response to upyurs who said:

      I kind of like the fact that we maintain the historical look of the town. That is why many people came here in the first place. If we didn’t have this area as a historical area there is no telling what kind of signs we would have in our time. Look at the sign for 7 Star Pizza or the signs at the upscale Maxwell Buildings, they are horrible for that building. Have you ever seen 7 Eleven signs in other towns and look how classy the one in Hoboken is.

    • mooshu says:

      I say keep the old, aesthetically pleasing signs but change the color of that front! It looks like the outside of a crappy dance club or a place where you can get a peep of someone’s privates.

      In response to upyurs who said:

      I kind of like the fact that we maintain the historical look of the town. That is why many people came here in the first place. If we didn’t have this area as a historical area there is no telling what kind of signs we would have in our time. Look at the sign for 7 Star Pizza or the signs at the upscale Maxwell Buildings, they are horrible for that building. Have you ever seen 7 Eleven signs in other towns and look how classy the one in Hoboken is.

  4. abred0830 says:

    Hey hobokenn411 – tried to e-mail this to you but can’t for some reason on a mac, so I figured it would be appropriate to post here – maybe this is whats coming in its place?

    nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/01/o_mistress_mine_closes_vintage.html

  5. beebsho95 says:

    My favorite historical look in town is all the cable and electrical wires dangling outside buildings. It may have something to do with why there are so many problems with Cablevision service all the time.

  6. mookie says:

    Pretty scary of the number of empty storefronts on Washington St.

  7. 9 says:

    Yeah, that black is horrible.

  8. DEADMAU5 says:

    A yogurt joint would fit in well

  9. nacholibre says:

    Peeping (at) Peoples’ Privates – Never has going to nudie bar sounded so unappealing!

  10. RebeccaL says:

    The number of vacant store fronts is probably because it doesn’t make sense to pay the rents being charged in this economy for most types of businesses. Even the real estate offices that filled up vacant store fronts up and down Washington Street probably have to think about paying those rents in today’s market. Yet many landlords don’t want to commit to a long term commercial lease at a lower rate than they got before. A friend of ours wanted to rent a small place a couple of blocks off of Washington Street and for the rent than landlord insisted on getting was able to get a slightly larger place in Manhattan on Lexington where there was far more foot traffic. (More than Washington Street has obviously.) Now he has a thriving business (deli) and the other place has had two failed businesses and a lot of vacant months.

  11. plywood says:

    …and the place could be strip joint for the ladies called “Privates 2 Peep @”, maybe with a military or henhouse theme.

  12. mooshu says:

    plywood, we should go into an idea-related business together. We’ll poop ideas and get paid for ’em.

  13. plywood says:

    “Moosh-wood Studios” , where do I sign? Or does it sound too much like the back lot at “Rocky & Bullwinkle’? You’re definitely in charge of the ‘R” rated imagery department, though. Better keep our day jobs for now!

  14. mooshu says:

    Oscar is tiny here, but still adorable!

  15. bokenho says:

    I used to live and work in Hoboken until recently. I represented a business where I worked to obtain an “ok” for new signage. It’s been well documented about the rampant corruption regarding rules and regulations in Hoboken, but none worse than what I had seen with the “Historical Department” or whatever they called themselves. I personally watched the “woman” who was giving out the permits get a certain twisted glee out of the misplaced power she had over signage. And it wasn’t just against the little guy. She was harassing a man about some signage for the alleged Starbucks that was to be placed in the building by the 9th Street light rail. He was wanting to put a hanging wooden banner sign (that looks pretty classy to me, but hey, who the hell am I to judge I guess), when she practically wagged her finger at him and said, “No way! That’s not historical!”. Um, 1.) What is “historical” about a mostly glass building created in 2008 and 2.) How the hell does *she* know what “historical” is? Anyway, he pointed out that there were other businesses in town that had the very same signage that he wanted, and she dismissed him with, “Well, they were put up before this rule”. She then shot down another contractor for another business haggling about how many chairs “you think that you will be getting in this business?” (Again, with that condescending tone). Oh, all the while, you ask, why was I standing there listening to all of this? I had shown up 15 minutes early for my “appointment” to propose our signage and overheard this in the first 10 minutes. She then made me stand there, while she did nothing, alone, while the clock….ticked……to my appointment at 10:30.
    Hoboken is a great town. It could be a really great town if some of these rigid, self-affirming “regulators” either retire or get a life. Until then, hard-working, honest people who really don’t get that whole olde towne, butt kissing manner that some of these said regulators crave, won’t be opening or keeping shop in town.
    Good luck with fighting the good fight, Hoboken!

  16. CopperKettles says:

    Lovely (and exciting!) to hear everyone’s looking forward to the opening of Copper Kettles – thank you for the posting, Hoboken411! I’d welcome any input on what you’d like to see stocked in the store…lemme know, Hoboken 😀

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      in 1957 there was a copper kettle on the corner of garden and 4th kids played hookey and hung out there..not its a pizza place[quote comment=”197763″]Lovely (and exciting!) to hear everyone’s looking forward to the opening of Copper Kettles – thank you for the posting, Hoboken411! I’d welcome any input on what you’d like to see stocked in the store…lemme know, Hoboken [/quote]

      • escaped68 says:

        Also known as the “pit”[quote comment=”199625″]in 1957 there was a copper kettle on the corner of garden and 4th kids played hookey and hung out there..not its a pizza place

        [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        escaped68 to your remember Penners on garden btn thrid and forth. im class of 57 what were you?? also snuck to interstate park half a day.[quote comment=”199636″]Also known as the “pit”

        [/quote]

  17. CheapMaggie says:

    Copper Kettle

    Onward and upward! Good Luck. 😉

  18. iforgotmymantra says:

    My go to place is Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table. The way I look at it, I buy things for the kitchen once and only once if I buy exactly what I am looking for and it is exceptional quality. Copper Kettles had nice things, but for me it did not offer the benefit of being able to compare and decide carefully.

  19. Sphynx says:

    Saddly most of their products are not nasalities. I don’t need tart tins. I have all the pots and pans that fit in my kitchen. when I broke a measuring shot glass, I replaced it with one from Copper Kettle. But I don’t need more than one of any of the reusable products they sell.

    Also how many of their target shoppers eat in or eat out?

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