We are opening a shop. Soon. And a therapy room. By the end of October our door will be flung open and you can really enter our world; feel our products, smell our oils, touch some of our plants and talk to us about what you need for your skin. You can have facials and massages with our little team of wonderful women as often as you like and if you want something really special we’ll be creating truly bespoke products by appointment.
From Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm we are so looking forward to welcoming you into our little haven at 31 Western Road, Lewes, BN7 1RL. There is 20 minutes free parking outside the shop and even a car park nearby in St. Anne’s Crescent. The bus stop is 1 minute away and if you’re coming by train and let us know, we can organise a taxi to ferry you up the hill. You can park your bike round the back or for the foot traveller, we will have a chair just inside the door to sit on whilst you catch your breath.
So why now, just as many small independent shops are leaving the High Street in favour of a purely online store? A.S APOTHECARY is an unusual business in that we trust our instincts rather than allowing ourselves to be overly influenced by trend forecasters. Our business model is all about connecting with our clients, supporting our friends, encouraging local suppliers and increasingly showcasing the work of those who share our ethos.
Our online shop, multi-country stockists, bloggers and social media supporters are wonderful and treasured and many people have come along to open days and workshops at the farm but now we want you all to have a bit more access to us directly. It is an extension of the therapeutic principles that underpin all our work – we want the best for you and there’s no better way than seeing you in person.
We want the shop to be an invitation to connect with us and our wider landscape – a place for us to settle within the permanence of a bricks and mortar shop. We’ll run short courses in all things skin, scent and botanics and sell a little of the work of those friends who have a strong connection to what we do.
We will be offering the opportunity, by appointment, to have truly bespoke products made especially for you. We want to create products that are tailored specifically to your needs and we want you to have the experience of creating a scent profile for your own products that no-one else anywhere has. Each appointment will be around 2 hours with the products made and ready for collection within a week. We are so excited to be extending our Apothecary range to include this beyond bespoke option.
You’ll also see that our website is changing – after a 65% response rate to our little survey (thank you so much) amongst other things, we are changing the format so you can shop by skin type simplifying the whole process for you. There are lots of other developments too – we hope to switch over to the new site in the next couple of weeks.
We’ll announce the formal opening date very soon and will be taking bookings for the therapy room and ‘beyond bespoke’ option at the end of the month…