Now Open: The New Function Junction store

Wilkie and Merola ladle up the soup

Was it nearly six months ago that Fat City reported that the the owners of Function Junction, Mary Merola and Rebecca Wilkie, were making plans — big plans — to greatly expand the culinary store on the third-floor of Crown Center?

It was the last Function Junction in the city after Merola closed the flagship store on the Country Club Plaza in late 2008; the city had once been home to several Function Junctions — long before rivals like Crate & Barrel moved to town.

After the Plaza store closed, Crown Center executives encouraged Merola and Wilkie to expand into the vacant retail space (formerly occupied by a toy train store) adjacent to their shop. Since Merola had long wanted to have a demonstration area — the best way to display and sell cooking products — blueprints were drawn up for a full Viking commercial kitchen to be installed in the newly expanded store.

Categories: A&E, Dining