It’s always great to get a fresh perspective on our Healthy Business Hub meet-ups and our last one was possibly the biggest and best of all, our combined Christmas Party and B & H Therapies 7th Birthday Party. It was a fun night with lots going on and a packed house.
There was magic in the air at this month’s Healthy Business Hub. With B&HT celebrating their 7th birthday (woohoo) and five fantastic pop-ups, the festive feeling was as bubbly as the free prosecco!
Here’s what was on offer:
Harriet’s of Hove – The new kid on the block and quickly making plastic-free waves in Hove, it was a pleasure to meet Harriet and Mhiran, the team behind the dream. And believe it or not, that’s how Harriet’s of Hove started – after attempting an almost impossible plastic free month, rather than give up hope, Harriet decided to provide a solution upon waking from a dream about opening a plastic-free shop.
Amongst their spoils, they brought plenty of things to help people lead a sustainable life to the Hub. Some favourites included bees-wax food wraps, metal lunchboxes, reusable razor kits and metal straws. Also supporting a local business, Harriet’s stocks some stunning wild flower seeded Christmas cards, printed with natural inks on biodegradable paper. Send them, plant them and watch the flowers grow in the spring – what a wonderful present for loved ones (and the planet!)
A gorgeous scent drifted through the therapy rooms thanks to Laura Hoy and her enchanting essential oils. Meeting Laura is enough to make you want to drench yourself in her oils if it means the effect is as calming. As well as the single oils, she offers a bespoke blending service to support a whole array of different well-being and health issues.
Laura’s attention to detail makes her brand special. She sources each oil carefully and is making her way around the world to visit the people who provide them. Her favourite oil is Rose, “It has such a nurturing quality to it, and using it reminds us to be nurturing of ourselves too”.
Oils aren’t just for bath and body, Lucy’s Luscious Raw Chocolate flavoured her delicious goodies with Mint and Orange aromas. As well as a whole array of delectable chocolates, Lucy also brought along her Chaga Coffee. A great idea for coffee fiends who are trying to cut the caffeine, chaga is an immune boosting mushroom, which makes a great substitute for your morning cuppa.
Aside from being a chocolatier, Lucy is also a naturopathic nutritionist. This means she understands the nutritional value of each ingredient she uses – from raw unroasted cacao, raw unheated cacao butter and natural sweeteners, each component packs a nutritious punch.
Also high in antioxidants were Pukka’s organic herbal lattes and teas. Claire Robilliard brought comfort to a cold night with warming Cacao Maca Magic and Turmeric Gold lattes. These beauties include adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha, which quite literally help the body to adapt, adjust and modulate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. Both lattes were deliciously smooth and soothing.
Claire also helped to dispel any doubt of whether Pukka is changing since it’s partnership with Unilever. She assured us that Pukka will keep on doing what they do best; driving positive change through the power of herbs. Pukka have committed to always be organic and champion ethical and sustainable business practices.
The final pop-up came from the talented Marissa Irwin Designs. Marissa’s jewellery is chic and elegant, featuring semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls.
Coming from a long line of jewellers in Connecticut, Marissa has been surrounded by beautiful trinkets from a young age. She brought her designs across the pond and now crafts her jewellery from her London home.
Amongst her favourites were the ‘Amethyst Petal’ earrings, deep blue ‘Lapiz Lazuli Arabesque’ earrings and a delicate ‘Gold Spike’ necklace. Dreamy. Marissa also offers jewellery making workshops, custom wedding packages and birthday parties!
The fun didn’t end at the pop-ups – this HBH was indeed a special one. YouJuice provided nourishing light bites, whilst Kleen Kitchen supplied the most insane raw raspberry & lemon birthday cake (all dairy/gluten/refined sugar free of course!).
To top off the festivities Sophie Caws (owner of B&H Therapies) & Cat Plummer (Financial Coach) presented the raffle packed with amazing goodies. Whether you took a prize home or not, good karma went to all those who bought a ticket (or 20!) as proceeds went to the wonderful Impact Initiatives. The charity that provides advice, support and counselling alongside a safe space where young people can go for a hot meal, be listened to and supported.
What a great way to top off an amazing year of Healthy Business Hubs and Happy Birthday B&HT, here’s to many more!
Thanks to Jo Woodhurst of North Girl South for the great write up, come back and join us again whenever you like.