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     Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe features something everyone will love: from gadgets that make gourmet cooking a snap, to all the essential cookware, ingredients, and cutlery kitchen necessities. The shop was opened July 15, 2006 and makes a great addition to the historical square of La Grange. Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe of La Grange, Texas is owned and operated by Donella Dopslauf-Cernosek, a gourmet enthusiast herself. She had a popular shop in the early 1980s. Dallas based McLendon Company has helped her to open her newest location. The McLendon Company has helped establish and shape over 580 stores nationwide, and their trusted expertise is sought after across the United States. So it's no wonder Donella would turn to them to help with Le Petite. Donella gets her main purchasing ideas from the International Gourmet Housewares Show in Chicago where the products are first introduced each year to the USA companies. She gets the products in and shows customers how to use them several seasons before the "box" stores get them. She then closes out of the products to make way for the new products just introduced in Chicago.

     Not only is Le Petite a great place to shop for aspiring cooks, but it's also a great place to find gifts for the person you know enjoys cooking -- with their great selections of products and their awesome gift-wrapping services. They can also put together some fabulous gift baskets with all sorts of goodies!


    After graduating from High School, Donella went on to pursue degrees from Blinn College, Sam Houston College, and Texas A & M University.  Her work experience includes many years as a county extension agent in Gonzales, Victoria, and Colorado counties, plus her first Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe in 1981, along with her family store D&D Ace Hardware in the 1980's. She married Frank (Jack) Cernosek and helped manage her husband's business, The Post Oak Inn Club and then re-opened Le Petite. Throughout her career she has remained active and very interested in the culinary world. 

    The shop is in one of the historical buildings on the Town Square. It's full of all kinds of goodies including: quality cookware, cutlery, tea, spices, coffees, health products, foods, and other gadgets. The shop is also happy to serve as a registry for weddings, birthdays, showers, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

Our Goals
  • To maintain the highest quality standards for our products.
  • To provide the best customer service possible.
  • To promote an inclusive workplace and help the community.

La Grange resident, Ken McCarty, purchases

Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co., Inc.
41.5 Quart Heavy Cast Pressure Cooker

Le Petite is happy to place special orders for our customers!!