A culinary window is about to close.

After 35 years, the cooking school and housewares store Kitchen Window — in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis — announced it will close in January.

"In our wildest dreams, we couldn't have imagined what this store was to become and what it has meant to so many people," president and co-owner Doug Huemoeller, said in a statement. "It's been fun; it's been a joy and a privilege."

The decision to close the store was "was personal and internal to the company," he said.

Huemoeller in his statement talked of building "an amazing team of dedicated employees that love to learn and shared their knowledge and passion for food and cooking." He also pointed to the thousands of customers, who came from every continent, "developing skills and sharing the joy of food and cooking."

The store at 3001 Hennepin Ave.is liquidating its stock, as well as fixtures, in a sale that kicks off on Black Friday. The cooking school will have a "garage sale" of all used cooking equipment Dec. 2-5.

"We're going to bring down the curtain in the same style we opened the doors," Huemoeller said. "We hope everyone hearing this news will make one more trip to 'do some Window shopping.' "