The Wall Street Journal has just published an article about C. O. Bigelow, “the oldest apothecary in America,” in honor of its 175 years in business. The article gives an enjoyable overview of Bigelow’s history, including this line:
Civil War generals frequented the shop, according to old ledgers, and store records from 1905 show Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, strolled the aisles alongside Clarisse Coudert, aka Mrs. Condé Nast.
You can read it here (at least, until some paywall shuts us out).
I shop regularly at Bigelow, where I purchase everything from to fancy scented soaps to chewing gum to Lipstick Queen products to prescriptions to imported Italian shave products for my husband.
It’s odd that the article makes no mention of C. O. Bigelow’s licensing deal with Bath & Body Works, which has most likely enabled Bigelow to survive over the past decade, but that information probably would have detracted from the central idea of the article.
In any case, I’m glad that Bigelow still stands on 6th Avenue, ready to meet my shopping needs, from the rarified to the mundane.
Image: photo by Tinsel Creation.