Botanica Bazaar, based in Amagansett, New York, closed its Palisades Village store during the Covid-19 crisis and will not be reopening.
Answering a query from Circling the News about the store’s reopening, Leilani Bishop said by e-mail on June 16: “We are not returning but we are available via email for questions and will continue to serve all our West Coast customers through our web store, with free shipping!”
The store, owned by Bishop and Bethany Mayer and located across from the mini-green, was inspired by European apothecaries and healing approaches from around the world.
This was one of my daughter’s favorite stores in the Palisades before it closed, and I found a much-needed pair of Blu Blocker glasses there. As much time as I spend on the computer screen, I wasn’t aware of blue light emitted by digital screens (high-energy visible light) and the glasses really helped ease my eye strain.
The store carried a wide variety of skin products (moisturizers, sunscreens, exfoliating and bath soaks), hair care and other remedies, such as essential oils, creams, salves, salts, lozenges and sprays and tinctures. (Visit: botanicabazaar.com)
Mini Mioche community manager Jessica McDonald emailed Circling the News on Tuesday: “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have had to make the difficult decision to close our Palisades Village store.
“As a small, independently-owned Canadian business, there have been many challenges associated with running a retail operation in another country, however the challenges that the pandemic has unexpectedly brought upon us have simply made it too difficult to carry on.”
The store was located across from Caruso’s mini-green.
Mini Mioche, which has three locations in Toronto, will continue to sell online (visit: minimioche.com), with free shipping on all North America orders more than $75.
The fabrics used in the store’s children’s clothing use organic cotton and bamboo, grown in India and Korea from non-genetically modified plants, without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals. Made in factories outside Toronto, the clothing also uses non-toxic, low-impact dyes from natural sources.
The clothing is not shipped in plastic or poly bags, and everything used in the marketing materials is made with recycled matter and can also be recycled.
Alyssa Kerbel, the company’s founder and president, notes on its website, “Our goal has always been to create simple, soft, easy elevated, timeless basics – things we would wear just in mini form. We offer over 30 gender-neutral styles year-round, that are made for everyday wear and play.”