Introducing the Stockist Spotlight! I have the pleasure of working with some really amazing fellow small business owners who bring florapothecarie into their shops, both online and brick & mortar. This series will introduce you to some of those shop owners and give you a glimpse inside the shops themselves. We hope you enjoy getting to know our stockists, and if you see a shop you love, please pay them a visit to support small, local businesses!
We're kicking things off with Melissa Gonzales, owner of Vintanthro Modern & Vintage in New Haven, CT. Melissa is a good friend and has stocked florapothecarie for as long as we've been around, and even carried our products before we were florapothecarie!
Meet Melissa Gonzales of Vintanthro Modern & Vintage
I think of Melissa as my generation's Iris Apfel. She's always got the funkiest, coolest clothes and accessories, wearing them effortlessly and with understated grace. Her eye for style — being able to picture the possibilities of a quirky piece even when it's on a hanger — is what makes her so wonderful at curating the hippest vintage shop in New Haven. (Perhaps even all of Connecticut?) She's always working to help out other small businesses and build economic growth in New Haven. Plus, she's got a great sense of humor and quick wit, which is probably the main reason I adore her.
florapothecarie: What makes Vintanthro unique? Why should someone stop in?
Melissa Gonzales: Vintanthro is unique because it's more that just a vintage shop; we also carry gifts and products that you won't find anywhere else! I work hard to curate a collection of fun, one of a kind items that spark joy. Whether it's a piece of statement jewelry, a tongue-in-cheek card, or a beautifully made vintage dress -- we have something for everyone who appreciates a little something unique.
fp: What's your favorite florapothecarie product?
MG: It's a tie! My favorite florapothecarie products are the Rose & Tea Facial Toner and Deodorant Cream (original formula). Toner: My face always feels tight after washing and this toner not only smells amazing but also leaves my skin feeling free of residue and hydrated. Deodorant: This highly effective deodorant has replaced a myriad of products I've bought over the years. It smells great and doesn't leave a thick residue on my skin or clothing!
fp: Why do you carry florapothecarie at Vintanthro?
MG: I love carrying items that are made locally with focus on being stewards of the environment. Shopping small, buying vintage, and purchasing all natural products are easy ways to do just that. florapothecarie's beauty line is a perfect fit for this mission.