The Apothecary in Inglewood touts essential oils and wellness for the whole family
Zero-waste wellness and education
Jill Hawker has had the soul of an entrepreneur since she was a child playing ‘store.’ For the past six years, she’s been living her childhood dream as owner of The Apothecary in Inglewood.
Meant to be a “one-stop shop for the whole family,” The Apothecary in Inglewood carries more than 130 of its own pure essential oils and blended synergies, natural bath and body products by All Things Jill – her wholesale company, and a myriad of other local talent in the health, wellness, and home goods industry.
“It’s more than just the standard set of essential oils,” Jill explains. “We have multiple strains of basics like lavender and frankincense for different uses with a therapeutic, educational focus in mind.”
The zero-waste lifestyle has become a new focus for The Apothecary in Inglewood as well. In the past year, they expanded to include a refill station, where customers can bring in their empty Apothecary bottles and jars to replenish at a lower cost.
“I was inspired by a store called The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver,” Jill says. “The entire store is refillable products, and it’s just incredible. There’s nothing like it in Alberta, and when I walked in, it just clicked that I wanted to finally bring a piece of that model to my own store.”
In conjunction with the refillery, Jill has officially launched a give-back program. For every customer that refills a container or refuses a bag at the till, The Apothecary in Inglewood will provide them with a nickel to drop into a donation jar for an animal-centred charity, a women-centred charity, or a third charity chosen by the staff that will rotate on a monthly basis. This month’s featured charities are Pet Access League Society (PALS), Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, and Kidsport.
As essential oils become more mainstream, Jill is quick to dispel any misconception that The Apothecary in Inglewood is “only for the hippies.”
“We get guys coming in from downtown in their fancy suits picking things up for themselves or their families.”
“There’s something here for everyone.”
- Visit The Apothecary in Inglewood online, or at 921 9th Ave SE.
- Click here to register for classes at The Apothecary in Inglewood.
- Learn more about zero-waste living here.
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