It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks, but now that I'm all settled in, I want to give you a little peek at my new location.
(Someday I might turn my phone horizontal and make a real video that's not for instagram... maybe. LOL)
But can I be honest with you?
😇 I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. 😇
This tiny little shop turned out so much better than I could have imagined, and I can't believe that this is where I get to work from every day. Is this real life?!
When I started Twinkle Apothecary in 2015 out of a spare bedroom at my parent's house, I did imagine that I would have my own little light filled studio someday where I could work and also share my products with people, but I didn't know that it would feel so wonderful for that dream to come true. This is everything I wanted.
💖 My heart is BURSTING! 💖
So, like I said, it's small. But everything fits perfectly.
When you first open the door, you'll see the shop!
Of course I had to get a full length mirror to keep my tradition of daily outfit selfies alive and well. It's totally turned into a superstitious thing where I feel like customers don't know to come in if I don't post a picture of myself in the shop saying that I'm here on my instagram story! (Seriously though, I think my daily selfie really does help bring you in... also what if no one comes in and sees how cute I look that day? Now I have the receipts!) 🤣
ANYWAY, in the middle of the store, you'll find my checkout stand. (Ikea, I love you for making adjustable sit/stand desks... you never realize how short most tables are until you're trying to put together a retail shop!)
My first customer in the door (at 11:05 am!) on the first day that I opened brought me flowers from the farmer's market and I've honestly never felt so seen or cared for. 🥰 I had been mentally preparing myself to be sitting alone all day with it being a holiday weekend, but you all showed up and put me right to work refilling bottles and giving you skincare advice, etc.
Did I mention that this is my career dream come true?! 🙏🏼💕
PS - all of the artwork in the shop is by Tawnya Corrente and it is all for sale. They are beautiful pieces at incredibly reasonable prices - if you're not local please email me for details!
Also at the checkout: my freebie bowl is also alive and well... basically whenever I make things and have a little bit left over I bottle it up and toss it in. Stop by and try something new, or if you're shopping online you can get a surprise sample here.
On the other side of the shop is, well... everything else! Perfume is front and center because I don't want you to overlook it while you're getting all of your practical skin and body care things, but it's surrounded by hair care, skincare, body care, and of course all of my accessories and tea!
I lugged these TWINKLE letters around to every pop-up and farmer's market outing in my first year of business. I thought it was only fair to gave them a coat of match-y peachy pink paint and a permanent home.
Just behind the shop you'll find me at my desk. (Actually a conference table since I do the work of multiple people...) This is where I blend, bottle, and filter perfumes, label bottles, update my website, and pack my web orders.
Someday when I hire someone, they can sit here with me, but for now you'll probably see my son sitting there on his iPad, with me trying to convince him to do anything else. (He's actually quite good at stamping all of my bags and boxes with the twinkle*apothecary logo stamp. I pay him in Pokemon Cards.)
Of course no e-commerce HQ would be complete without a mountain of eco-friendly shipping supplies. The white cabinet is where I store all of my essential oils...
Here's the kitchen, where I make everything! (Plus tea.)
And last but not least, the back corner is where I stash all of my ingredients and bulk jars and bottles for refills!
It may look a bit messy, but I'm so happy with how it all fits, and I feel like I'm working so much more efficiently having everything in reach and being able to interact with my local customers at the same time.
And for good measure, here are some before pics:
(Honestly didn't take a lot of pictures when it was just an empty room and then a sea of boxes because I was terrified that it wasn't all going to fit, or that I ordered the wrong size furniture or something, and boy wouldn't that be embarrassing?!)
But I think it turned out PERFECTLY.
So come by and see me in action sometime soon if you're in OKC!
You can find my hours on my VISIT page - keep in mind that I will update them in August when school starts.
Shopping online is always a good idea too, whether you're in OKC or anywhere else in the world. I'm always happy to ship my goodies to you for free on orders over $10.
When I moved home to Oklahoma City and decided to start Twinkle Apothecary, I had no idea what to expect. In Los Angeles, it seemed like there were farmer's markets and pop-up shopping events happening almost every day, and as someone who has worked in mainstream retail and fashion production for most of her adult life, I began to dream of being able to create a product that I could produce with my own two hands, and share with the world on a more personal level.
I asked my mom, "Does OKC have farmer's markets or events where people can sell handmade things?"
Her response: "YES!"
And boy do we ever...
There are so many events and markets in Oklahoma City that I can barely keep track, which I personally love because it means that I never have to step foot in the boring ol' mall!
This past weekend while at Delmar Gardens for the Summer Love music festival, I picked up a vintage (aka zero waste/aka zero guilt) dress from Monoxide, a crystal and red earth pendant from Boo Science, and a gorgeous smelling soy candle made with essential oils and a chakra balancing crystal from Kayse Cain XO.
Let me tell you, it's about 50 million times more satisfying to buy something directly from its maker, and there are so many creative, interesting people in our community making wonderful things. If you haven't already, I highly suggest getting out and about this weekend and supporting all of the local artisans who are working hard to make OKC a very cool place to live.