C. O. Bigelow

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C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is an American pharmacy currently owned by Ian Ginsberg. C.O. Bigelow was founded in 1838 in New York's Greenwich Village. The original store in New York is home to Allegra the Cat, who wanders the store, mingling with the customers.

Limited Brands has an agreement to open and operate stores bearing the name and are operated as very upscale beauty and skin care stores to compete with other stores such as Sephora and Neiman Marcus. Certain products from the line are sold in Bath and Body Works stores throughout the United States.


There are currently no stores open but products may still be bought at Bath and Body works. The only store still operating is original store in Greenwich Village. Website is www.bigelowchemist.com.

A significant portion of the chain's brick and mortar stores have closed. The Easton Town Center store in Columbus, Ohio closed its doors in February 2012.[1] Several stores closed in 2009: Northshore Mall in Peabody, Massachusetts closed June 28, 2009; Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey closed September 4, 2009; and Plaza at King of Prussia in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania/Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania closed July 1, 2009. Other closed stores were located in Copley Place in Boston, Westfield Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois and Water Tower Place in Chicago, which closed in 2010. The location at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois closed on August 18, 2012.

A C.O. Bigelow store was to be built in Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia, but the scheduled construction was canceled. As of now, new stores are on hold.

C.O. Bigelow products remain available on the company's Web site.


Famous patrons of C.O. Bigelow (as featured in advertisements) include Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mark Twain.


Products sold for C.O Bigelow are colognes, hair and body wash, shaving cream, aftershave, lotion, and body spray/mist. Some of these products such as their Barber collection are notable for their colors, such as Elixir Red, Elixir Black, Elixir Green, Elixir Blue, Elixir White and introduced to the line-up in 2011 are Elixir Gold and Elixir Black Pepper.

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