The Artichoke Story

Artichoke was founded by husband and wife team Brad and Karen Hughes, opened in April 2016. They designed a store at Findlay Market to meet the needs of experienced and novice cooks, those who are new to the Market, as well as those who are regulars. Artichoke was envisioned as your go-to place for cookware of all kinds. At Artichoke, you’ll find all the basics, along with unique and classic pieces not available elsewhere. In addition, we strive to find one-of-a-kind handmade items for your kitchen, made locally.

What Artichoke Means

Making a home at Findlay Market

When deciding to embark on this adventure of a cookware store, Karen and Brad decided the only place they wanted to be was Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating public market. While you can find all the meats, produce, spices, and specialty foods you could ever want here, there was nothing to cook it with. With Artichoke, you can now make Findlay Market your one stop for everything for your kitchen.

Hannah and Tom Bender, veterans of many years working in family businesses at Findlay Market, are the perfect successors to carry the vision forward.  cook it with. With Artichoke, you can now make Findlay Market your one stop for everything for your kitchen.

Our Products

We have created a “curated cookware collection” that reflects our commitment to good design, quality construction, and superb performance. The items we choose are the ones we use ourselves and are made by companies we believe in. Check out some of our product lines in the “Products” section of this site. Here you can search by product, category, or brand to find a wide representation of what we have in our store. You can also check out our virtual tour, which will let you “browse” our store and see what’s on our shelves, and even more fun, you can find helpful videos at the click of a button.

But better yet, come visit us to see what’s new!

Our Building

With that goal of being at Findlay Market, we set out to find a building. It took over a year, but we were thrilled to find our new home at 1824 Elm Street, a building we have christened The Nieman Building, after it’s most recent tenant (approximately 1940-1978), the Nieman Awning Company.

To make it even more incredible, we were fortunate to have internationally renowned British artist D*Face design a mural for our south wall as part of BLINK 2017. Having him here to paint it himself was the icing on the cake! D*Face would not name her, and instead left it to us to gather suggestions for her name and story. So, we call her Margo, but don’t know what or whom the tears are for.

Our Kitchen

With all the amazing produce at Findlay Market, of course we want to be cooking! We have installed a fabulous demonstration kitchen to allow us to offer classes and demonstrations to show you how to cook whatever you find at the Market with the products we have in our store. Guest chefs and our own staff will help you perfect that hollandaise sauce, make the most of your pressure cooker, bake amazing macarons, and much more. Keep tabs on our classes and other events we have planned by checking the “Features” section of the site, and by all means sign up for emails (at the bottom on any page) so we can keep you up to date on our activities. Sign up for our email list to stay abreast of what’s new, and of course, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! (@artichokeotr)