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Since 1862, Ferndell Coffee

Just In, at Watson Kennedy, an American classic, organic Ferndell Coffee. In 1862, The Sprague Warner Company is formed by its 3 founding members in Chicago–Marvin, Ezra, and Albert. Soon after, the Ferndell brand is born and begins to retail coffee, tea and spices. The company thrived for the next 100+ years, was bought up by a large corporation and then shuttered in the early 1990’s. Fast forward, in 2014 the rights to Ferndell Coffee were secured and the restoration of the brand began. When on a buying trip in New York a few years back, I stayed at The Marlton hotel where they served and sold the coffee and my love for it began. To say I was pretty elated when I got to meet the new owners at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last month would be an understatement. I could not place an order soon enough. Whole bean in the iconic tin in either the extra dark roast, Founder’s Blend, or the medium roast, Heirloom Blend. 



Rigaud Candles, Happily Once Again at WK

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be stocking the renowned French candles, Rigaud, at Watson Kennedy. When we first opened our doors in 1998 in the Market, we carried the line, but then the importer went away and we could no longer get the candles. Fast forward to today and they are once again on my radar, with our new shipment arriving yesterday. These are a true ‘Classic’ with a cap C. 

A little history from a little web searching: Riguad was the first luxury candle ever created. Rigaud candles began in the 1850’s when the Rigaud family started a perfumery. They gathered rare plant essences from around the world to create unique, exquisite perfumes. In the 1960’s, Madame Rigaud had the Cypres candle created for her to burn in her fashion boutique on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Customers raved over the fragrance and the Riguad candle line was born.

President Charles de Gaulle gave the Rigaud Cypres candle to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved the candle so much she had the line brought over to the states and the rooms of the White House were filled with Rigaud candles while the Kennedy’s were in office.