Best Shop Dog

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Sam at Cookware Sorcerer

Odds are good that customers looking for the perfect skillet at Cookware Sorcerer are also looking for Sam, the beloved shop dog of the Short North fixture.

"More people know his name than know mine," said store co-owner Nancy Haitz.

Sam, a Dalmatian-Harlequin Great Dane mix, was plucked from a litter of pups at the Capital Area Humane Society 14 years ago.

Sam has had the run of Cookware Sorcerer since the day he left the shelter. These days, Sam usually stays home when the weather is bad; he doesn't have the joints of a lad anymore. When he's not in the store, his absence is palpable, and Haitz gladly obliges customers who ask after him.