One day back in 1986, we were wandering the back roads upstate New York (code for lost) when we stumbled upon a small hamlet called Fishs Eddy. It was a perfectly odd name so we borrowed it for our just-opened shop near Gramercy Park in New York City.
The early days were new and exciting, driving aimlessly (code for no map) in our dented blue pick-up looking for interesting finds when we came across an old barn that was being used to store restaurant dishware from a near-by manufacturer. The barn, filled with tons of plates, bowls, platters, cups and saucers, had been in a fire. Remarkably, every single soot-covered dish was intact!
We asked the owner of the barn (yes, he was wearing overalls) if we could buy a few pieces and he said, "take it all!” So we did.
We hauled the “ware” back to our city apartment, scrubbed non-stop for days and discovered patterns and shapes that were beautiful and classic; a real slice of American history! We knew we were on to something special … and customers agreed.
Twenty-five years later Fishs Eddy has made its own history. Millions of edgy, unique and incredibly fun dishes and glasses have come through our doors. That old blue pick-up truck is now a big delivery truck with our logo (and a GPS). Of course we still meander and let life take us to unexpected places (code for can’t figure out how to work the GPS).
But most importantly, after all these years, we still love doing dishes!