35 people, places and things that make us drool

BY JILL WENDHOLT SILVA AND CINDY HOEDEL PHOTOS BY CHRIS OBERHOLTZ

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aprons galore at Cockrell Mercantile

Cockrell’s Mercantile is a charming country “village” devoted to modern cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and gourmet food. The nooks and crannies of five cottages and barns are filled to the brim.

The main building is a 115-year-old general store just off U.S. 50 between Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack. Other buildings include the Fiesta Cottage, devoted to vivid displays of richly colored Fiesta dinnerware, and the Morton House, with clever bakeware and baking supplies stacked floor to ceiling, including ingredients from King Arthur Flour. The Cockrell Annex displays flowerpots, and the Cockrell Cottage has gift items, including a Vera Bradley room.

The mercantile’s original owner was John Perucca of Pryde’s Old Westport fame. Now Becky Glaze, a former Pryde’s employee, and her husband, Chris, stock, run, maintain and live on the property with their two children.

Most people learn about the store through word of mouth: “It’s hard to explain what we have here,” says Becky Glaze, who has a terrific eye for detail, so allow plenty of time to work your way through all the buildings.

Not sure what to do with the noncooks of the family? Civil War buffs will also be interested in the history of Cockrell, which was home to traders and frontiersmen. There are plenty of history links on the website, www.cockrellmercantile.com  .

Find it at 30003 E. U.S. 50 in Lee’s Summit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Note: It’s a bit tricky to find. Just past Missouri 7, look for a small Cockrell’s sign. Follow the road for about a half mile.

Reprinted from Star Magazine in the June 13, 2010 KC Star.