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The Apothecary in Inglewood’s expansion backs community

Crowd-funding campaign supports growth of business and community

After seven years of operations, The Apothecary in Inglewood will be expanding its retail space this summer with a little help from its friends.

“We’re busting at the seams,” says founder Jill Hawker. “We literally can’t bring in any new products because there’s no room.” The Apothecary in Inglewood strives to be the historic neighbourhood’s one-stop-shop for wellness and zero-waste products, with a specialty in house-blended essential oils in addition to a vast selection of bulk wellness and household goods.

The expansion will take over the back room of The Apothecary in Inglewood, which is currently home to manufacturing for Jill’s wholesale brand, All Things Jill, which will be moving to a proper factory space in the Manchester Industrial Park. This move will more than triple the square footage of the shop into 1,500 ft2, which Jill hopes to use for special events and an expanded bulk section, including “hard-to-find” local food items like candy and chocolate, all from small local companies. “It won’t be like your typical bulk food experience,” she says.

To jump start the renovation project, The Apothecary in Inglewood has launched its own crowdfunding campaign. “I wanted to make sure everybody got back something that was higher in value than what they were giving,” Jill says. All perks provided during the campaign come from Canadian-owned, small, and sustainable businesses.

Perks for funders include 400g of Devil’s Head Coffee beans, private workshops, and gift cards for The Apothecary in Inglewood, SwizzleSticks SalonSpa, and Deane House -- all of which are REAP businesses. “Our new and existing suppliers have been incredible, and I wanted to show appreciation and support through this platform.”  

“I appreciated it when people took a chance on me when I was small and starting out, and I want to help fellow local businesses where I can, especially in this economy.”

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Click here to check out and contribute to The Apothecary in Inglewood’s crowdfunding campaign.
  2. Visit The Apothecary in Inglewood in person to peruse the selection of zero-waste wellness goodies.
  3. Want The Apothecary to carry your products? Email Jill to inquire.
  4. Connect with The Apothecary in Inglewood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  5. Check out The Apothecary in Inglewood’s Sustainability Profile on the REAP directory.