Coppermill Kitchen

American Made Since 2012
2014 Design Finalist

Beth Sweeney

Fairfield, Connecticut
Coppermill Kitchen specializes in designing and creating unique American made copper serveware that has been inspired by our 19th-C products.
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Tell us about your business.

Coppermill Kitchen was established and made in America. Like America, Coppermill’s origins can be found in 19th century Europe. I have always said that if I could do it all over again I would follow my passion for good food and the culinary arts by becoming a chef. Through my travels I have fallen in love with the inspirational creations and mouth-watering designs of the world’s top pastry chefs. It is my love for all things delicious from master chefs who continually reinvent their craft through imagination and creativity - with a perfect blend of functionality and character - that has captured my heart. My fascination for this creative process led me to the finest serveware in the world. Like America, Coppermill’s early days were wrought with difficulty and challenges. At times it seemed like it wouldn’t happen but my passion and determination prevailed. I was able to break from the European designs and begin the creative adventure of producing unique American made copper serveware .

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

One of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being an American made creative entrepreneur is balancing my roles as a stay at home mom, wife, and running Coppermill Kitchen. I know I am fortunate to be able to stay home and raise my two children while finding time building a company. When shopping for a home, I knew I needed to find a suitable work space wherever I could find it. Today, Coppermill Kitchen is located on the third floor of our 1920 colonial in Connecticut. The old world charm and beautiful architecture of our work space reminds me of the kind of quality craftsmanship I aspire to achieve through my products. Along the perimeter of our work space, I have our CMK products on display in old apple crates from a local Connecticut farm stacked three and four high. We are currently creating a showroom to display our inventory, which will blend the characteristics of an old American carriage house and a green house, using reclaimed windows.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the pursuit of living life to the fullest. In 2009, my husband was on life support and given 2 weeks to live. He was born with cystic fibrosis and needed a double lung transplant to live. We knew the only way to save my husband was for someone else to die and donate life. It was tragic and a beautiful miracle when we received the call that they had a donor. Less than a year later, my husband ran in the NYC marathon alongside his surgeon in celebration of life. Our two sons are miracles who bring so much love and laughter into our lives. Before I started Coppermill Kitchen, I knew I wanted to do something that would inspire me and I could share with others in celebration of life. I feel most inspired surrounded by family and friends in the heart of the home; the kitchen, cooking an old family recipe, sharing stories, laughs, tears, good food, wine, and love. Today, we enjoy “Celebration of Life” parties for family and friends as a way to reconnect and become inspired.

What makes your business stand out?

Coppermill Kitchen stands out because of our unique products and loyal customers. Standing out in today’s fast paced marketplace is increasingly difficult for any business. Further, a business that stands out today may not tomorrow. When I think about consistently exceptional companies there are many qualities that come to mind such as having an elevated service layer, creative reinvention, attention to detail at every level, and passionate founders. We understand that the heart of any business is the customer. At Coppermill Kitchen, our customers are like family. We spend a great deal of time listening to our customers’ wants and needs in pursuit of better products and distinguished service. We stand out because we manufacture unique serveware that has been lost to the ages that are not found in today's marketplace. And they are American made. When our customers love these rare products, they are showing us that they love and appreciate American made just as much as we do.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Like America’s origins, starting a business is uncertain and, at times, scary. It may sound glamorous to say “I’m an American made creative entrepreneur” but the reality is laden with hard work, long hours, doubts, fear, and sleep-depriving stress. Of these, fear is the biggest hurdle that will hold back a creative mind from becoming a successful business owner. Some are afraid of failure and some are afraid of success. In this and any light, the decision to follow your dreams can seem scary. The secret, however, is to look deep inside your heart. Listen to and reflect on who you are. What are the principles you live by? What kind of character would you use to describe your ethics? The answers to these questions will tell you the path your life should take. In other words, we don’t decide to become creative entrepreneurs; we are born with that American spirit, and it is up to us to realize it. Once this is realized, the decision to act is as natural as breathing.

What does American Made mean to you?

America was founded on the moral principles and character of people who decided to create their own identity. Early America represented hope and freedom for our ancestors who desired a better life despite their fears. In this spirit, the American entrepreneur was born. American made products have changed the world through innovation, ingenuity, and creativity. It took courage, hard work, integrity and a strong sense of community. American made is about superior quality as the uncompromising standard. Coppermill Kitchen will only create products that are American made because we believe having pride in our products and setting a good example for our children and community are of the utmost importance. In addition to supporting the local economy, American made means that I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am part of a larger family, with a proud history, bigger laughs, more tears, a celebrated culture, and a shared love for our country. I am proud our logo is stamped "USA".

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