,Gilbert & Whitney was a store that existed in the space we are now in since 1833.
When we bought the building, Ken and I felt like it deserved to go back to its origin.
Gilbert, Whitney & Co. became a new version of the mercantile store that existed long ago in 1833 on the Independence Square.
In the beginning of our adventure with Gilbert Whitney, half of the store featured specialty groceries with the other half dedicated to kitchenware. The store is still includes both, but has grown toward more fresh foods that better relate to current lifestyles than just specialty food given as gifts, or gifted to ourselves when we need pampering.
Imported and domestic cheese, fresh salads, and cold beverages make it possible for a person to grab a quick, healthy option for lunch. Our customers needed items that they could easily bring home to cook a meal without having to make the commitment of walking into a big grocery store. We also added a frozen section, dairy, dry goods, and meat to our grocery side. You can still find great coffee, teas, and jams in the store from local venders, and so much more. As we all try to embrace a healthier lifestyle we will continue to grow with products that accommodate that goal.
Our kitchenware side still contains all the fun gadgets a kitchen needs, but we added an area where cooking demos can take place in the store. We look forward to the classes becoming a habit for locals who are looking to hone skills and have an evening of fun. Sometimes you just have to stop time and pause the crazy lives we all lead to enjoy each other!
We recently added Wines & Spirits to our our shelves. We will continue to increase the items we carry that can be brought home and prepared for dinner. Our neighboring restaurant on the Square, Cafe Verona, will be providing lasagna and other dishes that will be found in our freezer, ready for our customers to take home and bake fresh. Stay tuned! The Square gets better and better all the time. It’s a corner of the world that we, and our community, are proud to live in!
— — — Cindy McClain
104 N Liberty St, Independence, MO 64050 | (816) 836-0567 | Hours: 10am - 6pm Monday - Saturday, Closed Sundays CLOSED for Christmas & New Years Day