Shellie Hopkinson in her new store in Bedford’s Old Arcade
A businesswoman who labored on the procurement of the Covid vaccine has turned her again on the company world and opened a store in Bedford’s Old Arcade, promoting handmade, vegan soap and skincare merchandise.
Shellie Hopkinson was a world procurement supervisor for a biomedical science firm throughout the growth of the Covid vaccine.
“My job all the time entailed lengthy hours, working away and lacking out on household life and throughout the pandemic was no exception, in truth, it was even worse,” stated Shellie.
“I used to be working lengthy hours and right through Christmas with little or no day off. Work stresses got here to a head when her six-year-old daughter stated, “Mummy, I miss you.”
Shellie’s life-long interest has been soap-making and, craving, a greater work-life steadiness for her and her household, she determined to show her ardour right into a full-time job.
“This 12 months I began getting my creations examined on the market and I started promoting from a stall on Leighton Buzzard market.
“On that chilly spring day I wasn’t fairly certain what was forward or how folks would react to the soap I make from my kitchen desk however the response was superb.”
The soap Shellie makes is absolutely vegan and consists of no soy, palm oil, or plastic packaging.
“I used to be actually shocked with how nicely the product was obtained regionally, it appears extra and extra individuals are involved about what components are in the merchandise they use and additionally the place they’re made, this gave my business an important increase and from then it has gone from energy to energy.”
In March 2021, Shellie entered the Free From Skincare Awards and made it right through to the nationwide finals.
“The subsequent logical step was to open a store,” stated Shellie. “I used to be searching for small premises, someplace with a very good business neighborhood.
“During my analysis, I found there’s a good vegan neighborhood in Bedford, then sooner or later I noticed a beautiful little store marketed in the Old Arcade and I knew we’d match in there.
“Bedford ticked all of the bins.”
Bathroomatic opened its doorways in the Old Arcade on 3 July and Shellie’s new business has been warmly welcomed by her neighbouring shopkeepers and business house owners.
The store, which is open Wednesday to Saturday, sells hand-made soap, tub bombs, and vastly common physique butter. She shares different moral manufacturers and presents refills of Faith in Nature merchandise too.
It seems like Bedford’s very personal ‘mini Lush’, with a welcoming aroma and lovingly-created merchandise. To add to the distinctive expertise, you’re more likely to discover Shellie mixing up her newest product ‘reside’ in retailer too.
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