New kitchen store to open Friday in downtown Macon

lmorris@macon.comDecember 4, 2013 

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Will Robinson and his wife, Carrie, stock the shelves of their new store on First Street in Macon that will specialize in kitchen and home goods.

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Entrepreneurs Will and Carrie Robinson are bringing a touch of home to downtown Macon.

Robinson Home, downtown’s newest retail store, officially opens Friday at 470 First St. The shop will carry a large variety of fine kitchen ware and interior pieces, including cookware, utensils and gadgets.

The store will carry “all of your standard kitchen hardware, and we’ll add tabletop goods like serving platters, stemware, everyday drinking glasses,” Will Robinson said.

“Eventually, we’ll bring in more fine china,” he said, but for now the store will focus on everyday whiteware and everyday china.

Robinson Home will carry brands such as All-Clad, Emile Henry, KitchenAid, Le Creuset and Wusthof.

The Robinsons decided to open the 2,000-square-foot store “because we saw a huge gap” for a dedicated kitchen store in Macon ever since Everyday Gourmet closed when the owner retired more than five years ago, he said.

“We looked all over Macon for places, and honestly when we started doing cost benefit analyses, pros and cons, downtown Macon just shined above all,” Robinson said. “Literally on every metric, it came out on top. We have the most square footage, we have the most room for expansion, we have a historic building that’s absolutely beautiful with 13-and-a-half-foot ceilings. Downtown is also growing. We are hedging our bets on downtown continuing on its growth.”

Mechel McKinley, manager of Main Street Macon, said the store is another sign of the health of downtown.

Robinson Home brings a different type of retail to downtown and will “draw a number of different people to the area,” McKinley said in an email. “The plans for the store are exciting and I look forward to seeing the Robinsons grow their business.”

The Robinsons expect to offer cooking classes in early 2014, and plans are underway for a teaching kitchen in the back of the store, he said.

“Right now I have one or two instructors lined up, and I’m putting together some class lists,” he said.

The owners plan to bring in local and regional chefs for cooking demonstrations to help inspire everyone from experienced bakers and grillers to everyday cooks.

“It fits in well with our overall goal of not only providing Macon with more product but providing them with a service of a learning experience -- growing the foodie scene in Macon, if you will,” he said.

The store will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

“Careful planning is the key to starting a new business and the Robinsons have done that,” McKinley said. “I am proud to welcome them to downtown.

The Robinsons recently renovated a historic downtown home.

“We eat down here, we play down here, we go to church down here, we do everything,” he said.

Although he was raised in Asheville, N.C., Robinson said of Macon, “I feel like I’m from here.”

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