I'm going to have to write a mini-ode to this fabulous cookware store and cooking school, which I've been frequenting for over a year now. I can't really talk about the school part, since I haven't taken any classes, but I'm like a kid in a candy store with the retail area. They carry a variety of items from a range of sources. For instance, one can find items that they see in stores like Crate and Barrel or Sur La Table and they can find items that can be found at restaurant-supply stores. They're more expensive than the supply stores, I think, but cheaper than retail chains like C&B. The staff is friendly and pretty knowledgeable. If you're on the mailing list, there are occasional coupons in their mailings. Every now and then, they have a clearance sale where a mob gathers to pick up returned/used/unsaleable items at ridiculously low prices.
From their mailings, some of the classes look pretty cool, although I have to chuckle at the tour of 99 Ranch with Dim Sum lunch. For $60, one can take a tour of 99 Ranch with a dim sum lunch afterwards. I've taken friends on that same trip for free. Had I known it was a money-maker, I'd have charged. ;)
What do y'all think of Great News? Any other good cookware stores to recommend in SD?