Cooks of Crocus Hill acquires The Chef’s Gallery

The Chef’s Gallery, a downtown Stillwater retail mainstay, has been acquired by Cooks of Crocus Hill and will re-open Wednesday as Cooks of Crocus Hill.

The purchase of The Chef’s Galley gives Cooks of Crocus Hill a third location to go with the company’s current retail stores on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and in the 3900 block of West 50th Street in Edina.

Crocus Hill officials said they look forward to bringing the culinary brand to the east metro and western Wisconsin.

"With more than 50 years of combined culinary experience, the merger of these two organizations brings opportunity greater than the sum of its individual parts," said Crocus Hill officials in a statement.

Martha Kaemmer founded Crocus Hill was founded in 1974. St. Croix Valley residents Karl Benson and his wife, Marie Dwyer purchased Crocus Hill in 2007 from Kaemmer.

The Chef’s Gallery, which has been closed since April 18 for inventory, re-opens Wednesday with an inventory reduction sale that runs through April 30, Cooks of Crocus Hill officials said. In addition, gift certificates to the The Chef’s Gallery will be honored at all Cooks of Crocus Hill stores.

The future of The Chef’s Gallery had been in question since the 2010 death of storeowner Laura Bachman in her Lake Elmo home.