written by: Dan M.
Most people familiar with Boston General Store know our goal: to bring long-lasting, well-crafted products, made by people driven by the love of what they create, to the rest of the world.
Meeting makers is the best part of doing this work because experiencing their passion firsthand re-inspires us to keep working toward that goal. Which is why we are so excited to introduce the newest maker to our store...
Boston General Store!
Yep, we're introducing ourselves.
When the store first began as a small idea operating out of the extra space in my dining room, I had so many dreams for what the future could look like. One of those dreams was to establish a line of BGS brand products that would be made with the same values used by the artisans we believed in.
Earlier this year we partnered with the gentleman over at Manready Mercantile, a Houston-based outfit that started as a candlemaker. I admired their product from the moment I discovered them and began carrying their goods at the shop. Their approach to craftsmanship is promising, creating everything through honesty and hard work, so I knew they were a perfect match to collaborate with.
After a ton of planning (and a few Shiner Bock's), we came up with a design for a product that embodied the great aspects of New England living.
I grew up spending a lot of time in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. When you get to experience this part of the New England-Acadian landscape, the one thing that never leaves you are its unique sights and smells. Our ambition was to capture that memory through a blend of high-quality fragrances in the form of a candle.
With scents of wood, leather and smoke, Acadian Night is meant to evoke the spirit of an evening spent in the quiet wilderness of the northeast United States. It can bring you back to that end-of-summer vacation at the family cabin in Maine or a to a fall hike in the White Mountains.
The candles are hand poured and made in small batches using the highest quality essential oils and 100% soy wax, which is non toxic and burns cleaner than a standard paraffin candle.
Come into the shop to give it a whiff someday (we'll have one burning) and let us know what you think. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do.
See you soon!
April & the Boston General Store Team
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Here at Boston General Store, we love spending time outdoors this time of year. The New England landscapes have so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, especially camping and hiking, and we like to take full advantage of that.
Today, some folks are opting for an upgraded kind of camping experience, called glamping, and while we understand lengthy stays out in the wild aren't everyone’s style, we definitely prefer to keep our excursions a little more unpolished. But, that also doesn’t mean we like heading into the woods empty handed.
We take what we need to get by and leave all the rest at home.
People who've followed along on our journey know how important makers are to Boston General Store.
When the shop first launched online, the idea was to create a small assortment of products from around the world featuring craftsmen who truly cared about their trade. Today, four years after opening the business, we still carry almost all of the items from that original collection, speaking to the significance these makers have had in the continued success of BGS.
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