2016-07-01 / Spotlight

Good Taste

Katie Dawes, Owner | Kitchen Kaboodle
Maggie Anderson | photos by Matt Fern

Katie Dawes may be one of the most well-known people in downtown State College. She opened the doors of Kitchen Kaboodle in 1987 and has kept them open with her singular sense of style. Whether it’s an essential kitchen tool or a delicate décor detail, Dawes brings the best and most beautiful to her Beaver Avenue shop. She and her husband, John, live in Alexandria, Pennsylvania, and she commutes into town each day. “It’s still better than the Beltway!” she says. We wanted to know what, besides her husband and son, John Jr., she thinks are the greatest things since sliced bread.

Royal Canines
Of her two corgis, Ferdinand and Isabella, Dawes says, “I love their big-dog-in-a-little-package personalities. They’re very attentive, they want to please, and they are very trainable.” The pair has had two litters of pups. “We’ve got some offspring running around State College!”

Objets Trouves
“John and I would be traveling, just going to antique places here and there. These are 19th-century German porcelain. I’m just fascinated with the detail.” The one with two dogs is particularly treasured by the Daweses. “When we saw this, I just flipped because I used to have a bichon and the other looks like a corgi.”

Loop La Loop
Dawes is a fan of La Loop glasses chains. “These are for folks that need readers. It’s like jewelry but it’s practical. What’s great about them is you can have your glasses close, especially for me in the store. I’m constantly looking up close at things.”

“This designer Byron Lars, I just love his stuff. They’re sort of classic shapes, but he really plays with fabrics and layering. My background is such that I have been a fashion victim for 40 years. I started my career in Washington, D.C., working for a department store, Woodward & Lothrop. I had a variety of jobs. When I left, I was doing all the fashion shows for their 13 stores.”

Have A Cow
The Daweses’ homestead, named Huntingdon Farm, comprises 300 acres for Black Angus cattle to roam. “We just received an award from the National Cattleman’s Beef Association — we’re one of seven regional winners. It’s an award for conservation and environmentalism.”

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