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Updated: November 2, 2021

Stonewall Kitchen makes its third acquisition of 2021

stonewall kitchen File Photo / William Hall Stonewall Kitchen, whose Portland store is shown here, has made three acquisitions this year.

York specialty food and home goods retailer Stonewall Kitchen on Monday said it has acquired Katonah, N.Y.-based Michel Design Works, which sells bath and body products, fragrances, home décor and gifts.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Michel Design Works marks Stonewall Kitchen’s third acquisition of 2021 and seventh acquisition overall. In March, Stonewall acquired both the Urban Accents brand of spice mixes, seasonings, sauces and gifts and the Vermont Coffee Co. brand of organic coffee.

Stonewall said the Michel Design Works deal solidifies the Maine company's expansion in the home goods sector and in global markets, since Michel products are sold in several countries.

Co-founders Deborah and Bruce Michel launched Michel Design Works in 1987, selling paper gifts, such as books, journals and stationery. Over time the Michels transitioned into other household items, including soaps, lotions, candles, home accents and kitchen accessories.

“Partnering with Stonewall Kitchen, with their resources and expertise in the industry, will lead to even more opportunities to introduce our great products to new consumers across the country, and to launch more new and exciting products under the Michel Design Works brand,” said Stuart Teller, CEO of Michel Design Works.

Stonewall Kitchen was founded in 1991 by partners Jonathan King and Jim Stott, who sold jams and jellies at local farmers’ markets. The company now has more than 8,500 wholesale accounts worldwide, a catalog and online division, a cooking school and café in York, and 11 retail company stores throughout New England.

The company is owned by Boston-based Audax Private Equity, which purchased a majority stake in 2019.

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