Pryde's: Westport's top location for unique kitchen items and culinary gadgets

If you're a culinary artist or budding cook looking for that perfect piece to finish a fantastic meal, there's no doubt you'd find it at Pryde's.

Pryde's is a family-owned kitchen and home accessories store in the heart of old Westport, Mo. in Kansas City, Mo.

"We have a staggering array of bake ware…cookware…any kitchen gadget. In face we love when people come in and get that glazed-over look," said Louise Meyers, the store's current owner.

Pryde's Building is Historic

The brick building was built in 1922 for the Helen Thomes School of Dance. Helen Siebert Thomes was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1884. She conducted the Helen Thomes School of Dancing for several years before retiring in 1942.

Decades later Pryde's took over the space. Louise Meyers' parents opened the store in 1968.

"They were down the street for four years then they found this gem of a building and bought this in 1972," said Meyers.

10,000 Square Feet of Stuff

10,000 square feet of space is stuffed with everything you'd need for your kitchen - from spatulas to towels to hard-to-find cookware and home accessories.

Meyers pointed out a Le Creuset bake ware dish in orange- what she says is this season's hottest color. "We've carried the Le Creuset cookware for forty years…the cast iron cookware with the enamel finish. And we have ten sizes of Dutch Ovens…skillets and sauce pans. "

Visitors can also sip Pryde's special blend coffee while they shop or taste one of the store's homemade pies baked fresh every Friday and Saturday.

Pryde's is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The store is closed Sundays.

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