Posts Tagged ‘Price & Kensington’

Enter This Week’s Tea Set Giveaway Contest!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Freebies and contests can be lots of fun for those who enter, and even more fun for those who win. This week, Pacific Merchants is going to give away another of our beautiful Price & Kensington five piece tea sets to one lucky winner!

You could win this tea set (or one like it)!

Win a Tea Set!

This week, we’re asking our facebook fans to write on our wall and let us know how they like their tea: iced or hot? Earl Grey, Green, or another variety entirely? Do you add any sweetener, or do you prefer your tea ‘au natural?’

About the Tea Set

Our winner will get to pick any color of our five piece Price & Kensington tea sets. Each of these tea sets include one 16 ounce (two cup) teapot, two tea mugs, and two over sized teapot-shaped tea caddies. There are eight colors to choose from: cobalt blue, white, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple and green.

We’ll choose our winner on Friday, April 8th, so be sure to get your entry in so that you can win, and watch our Facebook wall for the announcement of our selection!

Learn About Scones With Pacific Merchants

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

January is National Hot Tea Month, and while there’s plenty to be said about tea on its own, we thought that now would be the perfect time to explore tea’s favorite sidekick: scones.

The Origin of the Scone

According to many reputable sources, scones most likely originated from Scotland. Made from the best white flour, scones began in a large round shape, as opposed to the triangular shape that many are formed in today. When it became time to serve the scone, it was sliced up in to quarters to be served to tea guests. There are three potential origins for the word “scone”: the Dutch, schoonbrot, and the German, sconbrot, both meaning “fine bread,” or the Gaelic, sgon, which means “large mouthful”.

Bake Your own Scones

Pacific Merchants’ own Mason Cash line has their own brand of scone mix! Available exclusively on our website, this scone mix is easy to use and delicious, and the perfect thing to make in our Mason Cash mixing bowls. We have three varieties available: original scone mix, currant scone mix, and cranberry orange scone mix, all of which are very popular.

Have A Spot of Tea with Price & Kensington

When your scones are finished baking, make sure you have your Price & Kensington tea set ready to go! Available in two-cup and four-cup sizes, our tea sets come securely packaged. Our two person tea set includes a 16 ounce tea pot, two 10-ounce mugs and two tea caddies, while our four person tea set includes a 40 ounce tea pot, four tea mugs and four tea caddies. For more information on our Mason Cash scone mix or our Price & Kensington line of tea accessories, head over to pacificmerchants.com

The Intricacies of British Tea Time

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Price & Kensington's Cobalt Teapot

In honor of January, America’s “National Hot Tea Month,” we at Pacific Merchants would like to take an opportunity to educate our readers with a little history lesson centered around the background of England’s love affair with “tea time.”

Before the British began taking ‘tea’ in the afternoon, they really had only two meals daily- breakfast and a very heavy dinner. While we in America often refer to an afternoon teatime as “high tea,” that is actually an incorrect usage of the term. High tea, also known as “meat tea,” is actually dinner. An afternoon tea is widely known as “low tea,” due to the fact that it is often served in a sitting room, around low tables (tables that most people would call coffee tables).

Tea can be served in three different sizes- the lightest meal being “cream tea,” which includes tea and scones, ”light tea,” which offers just a little more with tea, scones, and sweets, and “full tea,” which is essentially an entire meal and includes tea, savories (little sandwiches or appetizers), scones, and sweets.

A few historical events contributed largely to the development of tea culture within England. First, in 1600, Queen Elizabeth the First granted permission to the John Company to develop trade routes with India, the Far East, and Asia. Although tea trade didn’t become very large until 1670, it was the development of these trade routes that eventually helped build up England’s consumption of tea.

Secondly, in 1662 King Charles the II married Infanta Catherine de Braganza. While most modern people may not know this, Catherine came with the largest dowry on record, giving King Charles (and England) posession of Tangiers, Morocco, and Bombay, as well as use of all Portuguese ports worldwide. Use of the Portuguese ports opened up England’s trading abilities unlike ever before.

It also didn’t hurt that both Charles and Catherine were tea lovers; bringing this “foreign” tradition to England had a direct effect on the upper classes, as everyone strived to be as much like royalty as possible.

When Queen Anne chose tea as her breakfast accompaniment (rather than ale), the public took notice, again causing interest in tea to skyrocket. The creation of an afternoon tea time, however, would be credited to one of Queen Anne’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope. Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, began taking tea in the afternoon (around four o’clock) as she had experienced a “sinking feeling” in her stomach. Initially, she had her servants sneak a pot of tea along with small amounts of food to her, but over time, she began to invite friends to partake in this very “European” approach to tea.

Over time, this afternoon tea time would become a well-loved custom, one that still stands to this date with many Brits. Pacific Merchants’ Price & Kensington line of Tea Pots, tea (and coffee) mugs and cups, and other tea accessories are the perfect addition to any tea time- morning or afternoon. Stop by our e-store and check it out for yourself!

The Best Gifts for Your Favorite Pet Lover

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We’re getting down to the wire on Christmas 2010, and while some people have had their holiday shopping squared away for months now, there are still some out there scrambling to find that “perfect gift.” If you’re at a loss as to what you’ll get the pet lover in your life, allow us to point you in the right direction!

Eco Pet Mats

Some of our very favorite items that we carry are our Eco Pet Mats. If you or your loved ones fancy yourself to be “green,” this is a gift that could be right up your alley. Made from 90% recycled materials, these mats are great for doorways, mud rooms, laundry rooms, and especially underneath your pet’s bowls. The bottom is made from durable non-skid recycled rubber, so you and your pets are sure not to slip or slide on them.

Our Eco Mats (short for “Ecology Matters”) are also fade resistant, UV safe, and made right here in the United States. On top of all of their other wonderful features, our Eco Mats are also easy to clean, simply scrub with warm soapy water and dry. Available in six beautiful styles, our Eco Mats retail for $29.95. For more information, head over to our website.

Cane Petware

Our Mason Cash Cane Petware Water Dish

Want to treat your animals right this holiday? You can’t forget to slip a little something under the tree for them, and we’ve got just the perfect thing. Our Cane Petware is imported from Mason Cash, a 200 year old English brand. Mason Cash’s Cane Petware has been the ultimate in design and sophistication as far as animal dishes go for the last 70 years, and we’re very excited to offer it to you.

Our Cane Petware is made from heavy stoneware in order to ensure durability. Because our bowls are made from ceramic as opposed to plastic, they are bite resistant, as well as heavier so they are increasingly difficult to tip over (meaning less messes for mom and dad). Additionally, the sides of the bowls are thick so they are chip-resistant as well as able to keep food and water cooler for longer.

Our Cane Petware contributes to a happier, healthier pet, not just for those who buy it. Mason Cash is happy to donate a percentage of all proceeds to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (or RSPCA). Along with Mason Cash, we at Pacific Merchants feel that all animals deserve to be happy, healthy, and respected, so we’re proud to be a part of this amazing partnership that makes more than $20,000 available every year. To see our selection of Cane Petware (available for nearly any household pet) stop by our Pet Accessories page.

Pet Mugs

If you’re looking for that perfect “little gift” for the animal lover in your life- hoping to show you care without breaking the bank- our cute pet mugs could do just the trick. With eight total designs available, the cat and dog lovers in your life are sure to be spoiled when you give them one of our adorable Price & Kensington pet mugs. The Price & Kensington line dates back to 1896 and is a quality way to show your favorite animal lover you care. Take a peek at our selection here.

We hope you’ll spoil your favorite animal lover this year with our unique pet-themed gifts, and from all of us have at Pacific Merchants we wish you the happiest of holidays.

Is My Dog Smart, Or What?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Zapper, The Official Pacific Merchants Mascot

This morning, my two year old Golden Retriever attacked the Wall Street Journal before I did. He left it, like so much confetti, sprinkled across the front lawn. Is my dog smart, or what?

Reading the papers these days is akin to riding a roller coaster blindfolded. You never know what’s coming next. So I have taken to creating my own reality. I keep my nose to the grindstone, try my best to turn potential problems into opportunities, and work closely with top-notch staff, customers, sales reps, and vendors around the world.

It also helps to have a fabulous array of products.

Pacific Merchants prides itself itself on a range of housewares both broad and deep. Our MacFab, Saleen and Malibu place mats run the gamut from restaurant elegance to outdoor practicality. Our Acaciaware™ serving pieces are exotic beauties hand-crafted with pride in the Phillipines. Sturdy stoneware bowls, bakeware and petware from iconic British manufacturer Mason Cash are heirlooms to pass from one generation to the next. Price & Kensington teapots and tea accessories are cheerful, functional additions to any kitchen. Our American-made Cutting Edge Flex Mats, decorated with stunning archival-quality photography, serve as both light-weight cutting surfaces and sophisticated placemats. And our stylish Multi-Use Eco Mats, perfect for kitchen, mudroom, doorway or pet area, are also produced stateside from 90% recycled materials!

STYLE. FUNCTION. VALUE. Do you see a theme here? It’s my Pacific Merchants reality, and it beats the heck out of the morning papers.

Good boy, Zappy!

Putting the “Party” into Tea!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010


Just last week, Pacific Merchants introduced a brand new, exclusive import at the New York Fancy Food Show: Price & Kensington Teapots. This storied British line is truly fabulous, and the response to it exceeded our very high expectations!

Reminiscent of the traditional “Brown Betty”, Price & Kensington teapots are stout and sturdy. Their design allows tea leaves to swirl capaciously in the pot as hot water is added. The result is a heady, full-bodied tea. And while the tea a Price & Kensington pot produces is second to none, it is no drab homebody. Sorry, Betty! Instead, Price & Kensington puts the “party” into tea. (I’m thinking Alice in Wonderland, here, people!) Produced in a wide array of rich glazes, Price & Kensington teapots provide all the satisfying functionality associated with traditional styling, as well as a vivid palette of designer colors meant to enhance any kitchen. And did I mention they are an excellent value? Well, they are! Charming mugs and teapot-shaped tea bag rests complete the Price & Kensington line, all in matching colors.

So put the “party” into tea, and enjoy! Isn’t it about time?

“When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.”

—Lewis Carroll