When we were visiting family in upstate New York a few weeks ago, my mother-in-law, Pat, took me for a “girls night out” to visit some of the gift shops in Sharon Springs, NY. One of the places we visited was the Beekman 1802 store. What a beautiful store with gardening, beauty, clothing, food, and other unique products.
If you are a fan of the show Amazing Race, you may already be familiar with The Fabulous Beekman Boys, but their fascinating story was new to me:
A couple from New York City, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, decide to leave the big city behind and buy a farm in upstate New York. That farm? The historic Beekman Farms in Sharon Springs, NY. Since then, they’ve raised goats, made goat cheese and soap, launched a reality show, won CBS’s Amazing Race, launched a website, written a best-selling cookbook, and opened a retail location. I think we can all agree they’ve been pretty busy the past few years.
I had a chance to see the newly opened retail store in Sharon Springs, and it is gorgeous! The decor had a sleek retro country vibe, with a black and tan color palette, and tin ceiling and wall tiles.
Shoppers grab wire baskets with slate bottoms (so the glass bottles and jars don’t slide) for their purchases. The Beekman 1802 store sells many of the more popular Beekman 1802 items, including: goat cheese, goats milk soaps, jams, honeys, housewares, and so many other things. The products are made from natural ingredients, without chemicals or preservatives, and even the baby products are gentle for the most delicate skin types.
Beekman 1802 also sells their famous cookbook Everywhere I turned, I found something I wanted to purchase! One of my favorite items was the black pear bud vase, but since I was flying, with limited carry-on space, I knew better than than to purchase it that day. Our shop assistant explained that I could have my items shipped, or I could order from their website. Since I had several things I wanted to order, I decided to wait to order on the site. I could not resist getting one of their cookbooks though–that fit nice and flat in my carry-on. The shop assistant was professional and very kind to keep the shop open a few extra minutes, so we could shop.
I did actually purchase some creamed honey, but remembered I cannot have more than 2 oz of liquid in my carry-on, so gave the honey to my mother-in-law, with plans to go nuts at the Beekman 1802 online store (with shipping all over the US, thank you very much.)
The Beekman 1802 retail location is located at 187 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY (about an hour west of Albany, and three hours north west of New York City.) For more information about Beekman 1802 and the Beekman Boys, visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.