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About the Coastal Cupboard

A Brief History…

The Pitner Family opened the Coastal Cupboard, "the Lowcountry’s most complete kitchen store", in August 2005.  John and Lori Pitner had owned and operated clothing stores in northern Colorado since 1982.  After selling their business interests in Colorado, they moved to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina with most of their eight children.  They weren’t in town long when the retail bug bit them once again and they decided to pursue a different type of store concept.  John called his friend, Carey Hewitt, who owned a kitchen store called The Cupboard in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  John had always considered Carey one of the greatest retail merchants he had ever met and his store is still simply "the best".  Carey was quick to give John assistance… and "The Coastal Cupboard" was born!  Now the Pitners and all of their eight children and their families live in the area.  Over the years, each has contributed their time, effort and energy, in a variety of ways, to the start-up and running of the store.

A Note From the Pitners…

Our family could not be more thankful for the reception we've received here in Mount Pleasant. We expanded the store in November 2009, adding a full kitchen for cooking classes and demonstrations, as well as more retail space.  You know you have ridiculously great customers when you’re given an opportunity to grow in a tough business economy.  Make no mistake, we know whom to thank.  It’s the kind of blessing that knocks us to our knees!

If you're visiting this site and have been to the store before, we hope you like the new changes.  If you’re reading this to find out what we're all about, we invite you to stop in.  We love what technology can do for you, our customers, and for us as merchants… but the truth is that at heart we are still simply shop keepers, and our goal is to provide everyone who visits us with a delightful shopping experience they’ll not soon forget!

Meet The Staff…

The Coastal Cupboard is a specialty kitchen store staffed with family and friends.  Everyone here at the shop is encouraged to wear "several hats".   Most staff members are buyers, salespeople, merchandisers, freight handlers, stockers, and more. We believe this inclusive formula works to provide you with the best products and service we can deliver.

Please meet The Coastal Cupboard Crew!

Meet the Staff

  • Brad Pitner

    Brad Pitner

    Brad is the current owner of the Coastal Cupboard. Brad left Colorado to pursue a career in music in Nashville, Tennessee, and soon met a girl named Joy. He married Joy on 05-05-05, before moving to South Carolina to help start the new family business! They now have two children, Mary and Jack. For Brad, owning a retail store and working with such a fantastic group of people has turned out to be the greatest and hardest, as well as the most rewarding career he could ever imagine. His dad, John, will tell you that one of his proudest moments with Brad, and maybe one his most difficult, was the day Brad informed him that he was ready to run the business. Brad still consults with John on a regular basis for guidance and accountability. Most days you will find Brad on the sales floor working with customers, as that is still his favorite aspect of working at the shop.

  • Joy Pitner

    Joy Pitner

    Joy's job description has changed over the years. Currently, Joy works out of her home taking care of their two young children, managing the bookkeeping responsibilities for the store, and helping Brad with anything else she can contribute to. Joy was the operations manager of a small record label in Nashville before moving to South Carolina with Brad to help open The Coastal Cupboard with The Pitners.  She is crazy fast with technology in general, which comes in handy as she orchestrates the receiving and payment procedures for more than 14,000 items and nearly 350 vendors with whom we currently do business.  Joy maintains contact with the shop by dropping in occasionally and assisting with major inventory moves or holiday merchandising.  Joy enjoys walking and playing with her kids, reading (when she can find the time) and dining out with Brad at one of the many great spots in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston.

  • John Pitner

    John Pitner

    John and his wife, Lori, owned and operated clothing stores in Colorado before moving to the Lowcountry.  They have 8 children & 3 grandchildren (all living here in Mount Pleasant), as well as an endless stream of visitors.  We often tell them their home is more like a bed and breakfast than anything, which doesn’t seem to bother them since they absolutely love to entertain.  John is the backbone of The Coastal Cupboard, he came up with the vision and started the store from the ground up back in 2005.  Although he works part-time now that his son, Brad, has taken over the reigns as owner, he is still a very active part of keeping the store true to how it started.  It’s his attention to customers and service that have given The Coastal Cupboard the feel that we’ve become known for, and maintaining that as a focus for staff.  When he’s not working at the store, you’ll often find him attacking his yard, carving perfect edges and pruning the lawn to weedless perfection. 

  • Amy Crockett

    Amy Crockett

    Amy has recently made her return to The Coastal Cupboard.  In 2005, when Amy’s last name was still Pitner, it was her and her dad, John, who first developed the idea and began work to open the shop.  In 2008 Amy married Dave Crockett and they moved to Georgia.  Lucky for us, in 2010 Dave took a job at Wando High School teaching and coaching football. They just moved back to the Lowcountry, and The Coastal Cupboard is a better store with Amy’s buying and merchandising talents.  John would tell you that Amy has always had an interest in buying things… although he would hesitant to call it a talent!  Her skills are put to good use at the store, as she is responsible for the buying of linens, dinnerware, candles, glassware and metal serving pieces, seasonal décor, and more!  She also heads up the over-all merchandising at the store.  Amy enjoys spending time with Dave, running, and hand-painting a variety of wooden signs we sell at the shop.

  • Lynn Mcclelland

    Lynn Mcclelland

    Lynn is a kitchen store junkie... we're told it's her mother's fault). A great, fun, knowledgeable, former customer, Lynn now buys her favorite category... gadgets! No one is more enthusiastic about gadgets than Lynn, no one uses more gadgets than Lynn, and no one gets a bigger thrill out of finding a new gadget than Lynn. She would tell you she is a self-described neat freak, and don't think for a minute that those talents have not been utilized at The Coastal Cupboard! Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their son. She is also the newest member of the Boogie Boarding Buddies Club with Lori and Sheri!

  • Ellen Gansen

    Ellen Gansen

    Ellen made an immediate impact when she joined the staff at The Coastal Cupboard.  Her enthusiasm for cooking and for trying new recipes has provided her with a solid foundation for buying cookbooks and cookware.  One of her favorite cookware manufactures is Swiss Diamond, the manufacturer of a complete line of non-stick cookware.  When not at The Coastal Cupboard, Ellen is a real estate agent.  She enjoys spending time with her husband Mickey (you may know him from Charleston Grill) and their dog, Hefner.  She and Mickey enjoy a variety of dining experiences.  She is the store’s resident “foodie”, and can tell you where to eat, what to eat, and how to eat it.  Don’t be surprised if you run into her cruising local farmer’s markets for everything fresh and delicious.

  • Lauren Bladykas

    Lauren Bladykas

    Lauren and her husband, Bill, and two of their children moved to Daniel Island from New York state, where they owned and operated a gourmet chocolate and gift shop.  When she came onto Coastal Cupboard staff, we immediately took advantage of her expertise, and enlisted her help in the candy department. Although her contribution there is valuable, her infectious enthusiasm is her true contribution to The Coastal Cupboard!  Lauren is also a great cook according to friends and family.  Those same people will also tell you about Lauren’s enchantment with Ina Garten and her recipes.  Outside of the store, Lauren is an avid walker; it provides her with the time she needs to keep track of her family and friends from home.  She also loves eating out and enjoys the amazing selection of restaurants in the area.

  • Carol Manning

    Carol Manning

    Carol and her husband, Gordon, moved to the Lowcountry so that they could offer their grown children a fantastic destination to visit!  We met her first as a great customer that we all adored, and now she has become a delightful addition to the Coastal Cupboard Staff.  She has an eye for Registry Items in the store, and contributes to both the glassware and tabletop categories.  She also has a knack for corporate gifts.  Outside of the store she enjoys hiking and biking with her husband.

  • Chris Ganz

    Chris Ganz

    Chris moved to Charleston several years ago with her husband, Gerry, from New York City. She became a world traveler as she trekked across Africa, Europe and South America with her husband while he worked in the Army and United Nations. They chose Charleston as home because of the terrific weather, wonderful people and spectacular beauty!

    We first met Chris when she and Gerry purchased a John Boos table in the store for their home. They later attended one of the evening wine tastings at the store, and following in Helen’s footsteps, Chris became a volunteer. Brad quickly noticed that Chris was a people person and her skills as a former business owner. It wasn’t long after that Chris was asked to officially join The Coastal Cupboard family.

    She has a high energy and never stands still, which has won her the nickname “Roomba”! Chris is normally running around the store helping customers, but when she does stop you can find her in the tablescapes area where she assists customers in arranging gorgeous settings atop their tables. Her first question is always, “What’s on your table?”

    Chris has two sons: one who lives in New York City who is soon to be married, and one who lives in Los Angeles who is married with two children. With two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two amazing grandchildren, Chris is always traveling to visit her family when she is not at The Coastal Cupboard.

  • Helen Muglia

    Helen Muglia


    Helen Muglia and her husband, Donald, moved to the Lowcountry several years ago from New Jersey…her accent gives her away immediately! She began her career at The Coastal Cupboard as a cooking class volunteer. Helen joined the staff officially when Brad quickly recognized that her own cooking and baking skills, teaching background, and sweet spirit could only add depth to his burgeoning staff willing to help customers on the floor. Today she oversees the tea area and of course, the baking accessories. When not at the store, Helen loves to spend time with her son, daughter and four grandchildren, as well as crocheting, giving personal cooking lessons for fortunate staff members and hosting parties for fortunate neighborhood members. Did we mention she has a huge heart?

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