Urban Therapie

What’s your name?
What is the name of your business?
Urban Therapie
How long have you been trading?
23 years
What products do you sell?
Handcrafted Aromatherapy preparations, organic herbal tisanes & soap balls.
What sells the best?
My fabulous foot soak, facial soap balls, lip balm & herbal tisanes.
What markets do you trade at?
Glebe & Balmain plus I do quite a few annual fetes & fairs.
How did it all begin?
My newborn daughter developed eczema & I was already studying for my diploma in aromatherapy. So many specialists told me to use steroid creams of which I was not having a bar of! Instead I developed a healing balm & other remedies to keep her eczema from flaring. This led to my first stall in Bondi Junction in 1993. Today my daughter is a chef & has no scars & continues to use my balm! That same balm base is what I use for all balms – similar in concept of a starter for sourdough bread… I add beautiful oils & Manuaka honey to feed it & it keeps developing. I also developed a beautiful range of Tisane’s (herbal blends) in conjunction with a Naturopath which are extremely popular and beautiful to consume. I love my ‘little’ business… it brings me & my clients a lot of joy!
What do you like most about being a stallholder?
Meeting people, watching their faces light up when sniffing all the lovely aroma’s that omit from the stall & talking about how my preparations have bought joy & pleasure to their lives.
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
Packing & unpacking the car, setting up the gazebo! Oh & Rain – as much as we need it to survive – it’s horrid on a market day!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Developing the wholesale side & supplying cafe’s with speciality organic tea & herbal tisane’s.
Any funny stories to share about your time as a stallholder?
I love listening to the names customers & passerby’s come up with when they see my facial soap balls for the first time… ranging from ‘herbie potatoes, giant rum balls, meatballs to massive wombat poo’s! They’ve caused much mirth over the years & make for a great selling point.
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Be friendly, acknowledge & greet everyone who approaches your stall & keep your stall exciting & most of all clean & uncluttered.
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