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Beekman


Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, partners in business and life, founded Beekman 1802 in 2008.

Brent was a doctor specializing in geriatrics at New York City’s Mount Sinai who Martha Stewart tapped to helm the health and wellness division at her company, and Josh was a New York Times best-selling writer.

When Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell lost their jobs in the recession of 2008, they decamped to their weekend property in rural upstate New York–population 532.

Taking in a neighboring farm who was losing his farm, and his herd of 100 goats, they started creating their goat milk soaps using fresh milk from the farm.