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Beekman 1802 – From Farm to Skin

posted on February 12th, 2016 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

beekman1While visiting a trade show last year, I discovered a wonderful line of body care products from Beekman 1802. What I loved about Beekman 1802 was the story of the creators behind the products, the ingredients that go into the products, and the luxurious benefits one gets from using the products. And the scents are an amazing added bonus.

After taking the products home to use for myself, I was convinced that our customers would also love the line of soaps, hand creams, and lip balms. So, I brought them into our Kitchens Department just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can now find the following scents in our stores: heirloom rose, honey & orange blossom, and honey & rose.

Beekman 1802 Mercantile was founded in 2008. But actually, they consider themselves to be a 211-year-old company.

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell (advertising executive and NY Times Bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days & The Bucolic Plague) and his partner Brent Ridge (physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia) purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in 2007, they had no idea that it would launch one of the “fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country.” (source: Nasdaq) Originally just a weekend getaway from their hectic NYC lives, the farm became their lifeline after both men lost their jobs within one month of each other during the recession of 2008. Faced with possible foreclosure, the pair made a decision – if they were going to save their farm, they would have to make it profitable.

After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell began producing soaps and cheese. As other neighbors taught them how to farm, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell shared their city-honed skills – starting a website and Mercantile. The men began working with several other local farmers and artisans to market their goods, and the entire village came together to host seasonal festivals, which are now attended by thousands of visitors from around the globe.

We encourage you to check out the Beekman 1802 line of products on your next visit to our store. These will make a great gift for your loved ones.




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