A New Source for Cookware
Chuck Williams, founder of the retail empire Williams-Sonoma, established his first store in Sonoma, California, in 1956. He moved his store in 1958 to San Francisco, selling cookware and, later, other housewares and furnishings to new food enthusiasts inspired by Julia Child, James Beard, and Gourmet magazine.
In the 1960s, Americans’ passion for coffee was reawakened by new coffee roasters and retailers. By the 1980s, coffeehouse chains offering bold brews from around the world began dotting urban street corners and suburban shopping malls. For home use, manufacturers made small espresso machines and larger models for high-end consumers. The blue-lined cups are for serving cappuccino and the white porcelain are for espresso.