More Than A Nursery Rhyme
By Morgan Smith
Small in stature but robust in content, this new addition to Girdwood has something to offer to everyone. Located next to Jack Sprat, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC) is full of goodies for every taste. This petite log cabin style shop will lure you in with their goods and keep you there for hours with their cozy wood stove and ambiance.
In 2017, after many years of renting, Jen and Frans Weits purchased the land, building an adjacent cabin of what we now know as Jack Sprat. Not knowing exactly what to use the cabin for, many ideas were discussed including extra waiting room space for the restaurant. But the more Jen looked at the cabin the more she became drawn to the possibility of it being its own entity because of its history, charm and potential.
This space opened up a way to showcase the restaurant’s sauces and take-away items, while giving people a place to wait. Jen choose the name Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard because the concept and vintage story vibe seemed to coincide with Jack Sprat.
In 2018, Jen hired guru and longtime friend Jessica Moore to help her run the shop after meeting Jessica 16 years prior in the exact building.
At the time, Jessica was working for Alyeska Accommodations, and Jen was Chef at the restaurant. Seeing each other outside of their respective establishments, they would chat and their bond formed a lifelong friendship.
“I respect her design style and business sensibilities and she was the perfect choice for MoHuCo. She is tireless in the pursuit of awesome artisans and we enjoy shopping and culling through their wares together,” Jen explained. So they dove in, forging a path to the future that they dreamed up together.
After a mild renovation they opened their doors. The building was transformed into MHC. Excited to see it for myself, I headed in to checkout all that it entails. Greeted with an intoxicating aroma, I was embraced by the kind staff as they offered to help me with anything I needed, but I was just there to browse, so I started meandering around.
With so much to look at I just picked a spot and dove in – blankets and pillows to enhance your home, sophisticated cookware for your kitchen, and decorations to fill your empty walls all available for purchase and so fun to look at.
Then there were objects for your canine companion, recipe books, treats to eat, including things to enhance your home cooked meals like organic apple balsamic vinegar and so much more. I could wander for hours staring at the endless goodies lining the store.
My favorite aspect of MHC’s was their prices. As I headed over to their jewelry racks, I expected pieces to have a high price tag, yet I was wrong. There are affordable pieces for everyone, and a wide range of fashion makes MHC the perfect spot to purchase a gift or just treat yourself, so stop in and check it out for yourself.
Something to look forward to is when they hold special events at the store. On October 20, 2018, MHC had a special tarot reading with @themountainwitch to celebrate the Samhain. This was an event for friends and guests to just come celebrate and get a reading done for fun, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next.
They will be expanding their store hours for spring and summer, making it a great place to grab a glass of wine from next door and bring it in to browse while you wait for your table at Jack Sprat. They are also bringing in more seasonal merchandise for “Home, Heart and Hound.”
And if that’s not enough to entice us, they are launching their raw chocolate “New Moon Pies” for purchase and they hope to continue to expand items available from Jack Sprat’s kitchen.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Wed. 5-9 p.m., Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 12-9 p.m., Sun. 10-3 p.m.
165 Olympic Mountain Loop, Girdwood