Meet The Partners
Kara Brook is the founder of Waxing Kara. She’s an artist with a fascination for beeswax. Kara paints and sculpts with encaustic. Encaustic is paint made with beeswax, tree resin and pigment. Though you may not have heard of it, it’s actually been around a really long time. Encaustic art dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Kara found herself going through so much beeswax she decided to take up beekeeping. She liked the idea of a sustainable art form, one that came from the earth into her hands. And once she learned about bees and how important they are to our environment, she poured as much passion into her bees and the eastern shore honey they produced as she did for her art. That’s how Waxing Kara was born.
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so be it
Hey, y’all! My name is Sekayi. I started hand-pouring candles in August 2015 as something to do while recovering from a hysterectomy. I set up shop in my kitchen, made a few here and there, and gave them to my neighbors and co-workers. I enjoyed the process and loved, even more, to hear how people enjoyed them in their homes. I wanted to honor my mother, Gloria Brunson, who transitioned at the young age of 47 and called my new candles GLORY B. I never would have guessed the journey that was to come.
My hysterectomy proved to be life-changing—setting me on course to remembering the best of me. The part of me that is constant...that is peace... that is joy...no matter how the winds of life blow. I began a meditation practice and the process of candles became meditation time for me. I loved to wake early on a weekend morning while things were still quiet and make batches of candles. The intentions, affirmations and prayers assisting me in my daily life began to extend into my candles. I crafted an intentional line of aromatherapy candles and melts inviting the candle lover to set intentions to: BE calm, BE clear, BE focused, BE inspired, and BE refreshed. I primarily sold GLORY B candles face-to-face at local craft shows and then unloading what remained to my loyal friends and family through social media posts.
I’m a Virgo and a creative being so new ideas are always coming up. I have made and sold a variety of things: arm-knit scarves, ottomans, polymer clay earrings, wood burned jewelry…and so I decided I wanted to offer more than the signature scented candles! I didn’t want to be restricted to just those intentional scents plus...how many BE statements could I really come up with?? In 2019 I decided to rebrand GLORY B to SO BE IT. I wanted to explore different vessels, all of the yummy fragrances, and satisfy my creative itch by creating other handcrafted goods! Under SO BE IT I’ve included hand-stamped tea towels, body butter and body oil, candles that were poured into handmade cement vessels, and wooden cups that were then wood burned with patterns and stained.
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Reina is the founder and CEO of haruhome, a new Japanese-inspired, BIPOC, and woman-owned home cleaning product brand. They offer everyday home cleaning essentials with Japanese-inspired scents that are eco-friendly, sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and exceed CDC guidelines. Born in Osaka, Japan, and spending much of her childhood in Japan with her Grandmother, Haruko, she was inspired to bring those nostalgic memories back to life through haruhome. Her grandmother always encouraged her to go after her dreams. She recently decided to do so by spread goodness and joy into the world through products that respect the environment and encourage all members of the family to come together. During this challenging time with the global pandemic, she is making it a priority to do her part in protecting families and providing for those who are bravely on the front-line. She is ecstatic to be part of the Liebe care kit and support its mission!
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Charlotte LaGuardia is a clinical nutritionist based in the Hamptons, NY. Her practice, Thrive East, was created out of her passion for real food, nutrition science, and the belief that all people should have access to individualized nutrition. Her approach is practical, goal-oriented, and always optimistic. Charlotte works closely with clients to support their health by first educating on why we want to choose real food, then how to create sustainable lifestyle changes. Be sure to check her out at Thrive East and on Instagram @thiveeastnutrition.
Dirty Beauty Skin Care
Samantha Dickey is the Founder of Dirty Beauty Skincare. She was inspired to start a natural beauty career when she learned the ingredients in plant-based cosmetics are the same ingredients her grandparents grew on their farms.
Her background includes a degree in Engineering Technology & extensive industry experience in Manufacturing & Lab Science. She has a passion for encouraging teens to consider STEM fields; she empowers students by introducing them to the connection between beauty & science.
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Ashley had become a nurse right out of high school at the age of 19 and has been a nurse for the past 12 years. She currently works as a charge nurse on an Orthopedic/Neurosurgical unit at the University of Miami Hospital. She loves being a nurse and says the best part is when after a long and stressful day she’s able to make an impact on someone’s life. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and they are expecting their first baby. They started their company afierosi with the idea of selling a product that was environmentally friendly and that they could use year-round in different seasons with family and friends. Thus they came up with the afierosi tumbler.
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