For the last 25 years, Maryann Halley traveled the world, living in Australia for a stint and on the Caribbean island St. Martin, owning a snowboard shop and clothing boutique in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and working as a bus driver in Beaver Creek, Colo. Last year, Halley returned to her hometown, West Roxbury, and in June opened Kitchen Central, a housewares store in Roslindale Village. “Cooking has always been my passion,” says Halley, who outfitted her small, sunny shop with an eclectic selection of items. There’s an ice bucket covered in faux leather and tumblers in a fishnet pattern that look vintage; Scandinavian-designed breakfast sets and retro melamine dinnerware seem informal next to stylish Italian serving platters and lovely Vietri place mats. She handpicked a collection of cookbooks. “I try to sell mostly things you don’t see everywhere,” says the store owner. But along with commercial grade bakeware and paella pans from Spain, there are useful kitchen tools from OXO, Microplane graters, and Cuisinart cookware and small appliances. Replace an old gadget or pan, or better yet, buy something beautiful. Kitchen Central, 22 Birch St., Roslindale Village, 617-323-0270, www.kitchencentralrossisq.com.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND