Cary Kelly, Owner
Cary Kelly previously owned one of the few olive oil stores in the area, Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, but within three years there were 30 different olive oil stores. So with the desire to diversify for longevity and a name change, The Cookery was born. And what’s the diversity beyond olive oil and vinegar? Cary has curated goods for the kitchen that invoke the thought that cooking is a pleasure not a chore. From kitchenware to cookbooks, artisan honey to cutting boards — you’ll find a variety of items, many of which make great gifts.
Growing up in the 50’s, Cary saw the shift of women moving away from the kitchen. Packaged meals were becoming popular so she didn’t learn much cooking from her mother. It wasn’t until a post-college European trip that she was exposed to natural culinary flavors which she would bring home and eventually into her store in Shirlington. The Cookery is meant to be a platform to instill the desire to cook instead of buying prepared and packaged meals.
Although Cary chose Shirlington for its proximity and small “Main Street” feel, one of her favorite reasons is customer loyalty. She recognizes her patrons love to shop local and feel a sense of ownership in the business. With a cinema, theatre, grocery store and numerous restaurants & shops — there’s really no need to venture away from this walkable urban village. Incidentally, two of her employees walk to work since they live so close. When asked what kinds of people frequent her store, she responds — “lots of dog owners and cyclists.” Shirlington is known for being dog friendly with a dog park nearby. Many cyclists also come over to shop, have a bite and rest before continuing on since Shirlington is only a few blocks away from the 45-mile W&OD Trail and the Four Mile Run Trail. The Shirlington Transit Center with Arlington Transit and Metrobus lines can get you to Shirlington and to other locations in and beyond Arlington.
Whether you’re looking for a gift, a reason to walk a few extra steps or you want to experience that “Main Street” feel, come to Shirlington and visit the Cookery.
4017B Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206