Copper Kettles – Cooked to a Crisp
Copper Kettles Kitchen Store closing in Hoboken, NJ
Well, 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?
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
Copper Kettles Hoboken – 536 Washington St.
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!
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
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.”
What Next? (536 Washington St.)
[Continuing this week's "What's Next for Hoboken?" series here on Hoboken41...]
“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!