In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea.
When Ruth Campbell Bigelow started Bigelow Tea in 1945, the going was tough. She had created a wonderful tea, “Constant Comment,”
Sometime in 1942 or ’43, Ruth and David Sr. decided they wanted to start a tea business. At the time, they lived in a small apartment in Manhattan.
Back in 1945, when the Bigelow Tea company first started, Ruth Bigelow and the family could only afford a single-color label for her tea.
In 1955, Bigelow Tea moved from New York to Connecticut. Soon afterwards, back-to-back hurricanes hit! Connecticut rivers, including the Norwalk River, where the new factory resided, rose up over 35 feet, moving over 50 miles an hour.
In 1945, Ruth Bigelow was trying to establish a market for her new product, “Constant Comment” Tea. This was no easy task.
In the early 1960’s the Eunice and David conducted all of their tea tasting and purchasing from the comfort of their kitchen in Westport CT.
I knew my mother in law (Ruth) was a peppermint fan. But I loved spearmint. Every time I would mention spearmint to Ruth she showed no interest.
When Lori and Cindi were very young, their mom Eunice would dress the girls up in matching holiday outfits;
Tasting teas in Bigelow Kitchen when Cindi was young
We could write volumes about all the things that Mary did for Bigelow, but the important things included managing the profit sharing plan and subsequently, a separate 401k plan for all Bigelow employees.
I will never forget the first Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Road Race. I actually scheduled it for my wedding day back in 1988.