Apothe­cary opens new store

Hastings Leader - - News - BY BRENDA VOWDEN brenda.vowden@nzme.co.nz

For Hast­ings apothe­cary Bonita Mar­shall, it’s all about mak­ing some­thing out of na­ture.

Bonita opened The Apothe­cary in Here­taunga St East a cou­ple of years ago, but due to fam­ily cir­cum­stances had to shut up shop. This week, how­ever, her doors are once again open — just not the same doors.

Bonita has made a fresh start with her­bAl­chemist, right across the street and sit­ting in the front of sec­ond-hand store Sec­ond Time Around.

“A lot of peo­ple were ask­ing me when I was go­ing to re­open.”

Bonita says her store is mainly about alchemy — putting things to­gether.

“Be­cause I’m a herbal­ist, I’m us­ing herbal prod­ucts.”

Her­bAl­chemist will be stock­ing a lot more, with nearly 1000 dif­fer­ent es­sen­tial oils, herbal reme­dies, teas and other or­ganic prod­ucts for both us and our four-legged friends, in­clud­ing quite a a few ve­gan prod­ucts, Bonita says.

She has cho­sen her prod­ucts care­fully, trav­el­ling around mar­kets all over the coun­try to make her pur­chases.

“I’ll be sell­ing prod­ucts I feel are dif­fer­ent and made with love — and af­ford­able.”

This way Bonita will be able to as­sem­ble unique gift bas­kets — “whether it’s for Grandma, Dad, ba­bies or the dog”.

Botan­i­cal per­fumes made from es­sen­tial oils sourced from over­seas and made in New Zealand will sit along­side lip balms, de­odor­ants, tooth­paste, skin care prod­ucts and those for your pet — in­clud­ing reme­dies for fleas, in­con­ti­nence or sore paws.

Bonita will also sup­ply natur­o­pathic first aid kits and will still be of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual, bach flower and herbal reme­dies.

“A lot of peo­ple used to come in and want a lot of lit­tle things so I’ve tried to do lots of in­ter­est­ing things and will still have space to do my clinic.”

Bonita has an­other natur­opath join­ing her once a fort­night, adding clothes and jew­ellery to the mix.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing — I can’t wait to get back into it and meet my old and new cus­tomers,” she said.

“They are the ones who make this a pas­sion, not just a job.”

■ Her­bAl­chemist, Al­bert Square, Here­taunga St East, Hast­ings, open­ing Novem­ber 12.

PHOTO: PAUL TAY­LOR

Bonita Mar­shall in her new apothe­cary, her­bAl­chemist in Here­taunga St East.

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