A new shop just opened on Brown Street by the Pine Club and you simply must check it out! tend&flourish is a new age wellness center that offers products and services to enhance your entire well-being. How can they do that you ask...?
"By providing our customers with the perfect mix of opportunities to nourish the soul we create a unique atmosphere that fosters balance, healing and personal growth. We are an eclectic collective of small women owned businesses whose independent missions are aligned to help improve the lives of others." Says Kate Edmondson, store owner.
When entering the tend&flourish store front you are greeted with the pleasantly stimulating sights and smells of local handmade gifts and beautiful works of art. The mercantile is filled with an exciting mix of holistic beauty and wellness products for the entire family, even your fur babies. You will find gorgeous furniture created by local artisans and an array of beautiful paintings proudly adorning the walls. As you try on the jewelry or peruse the pottery you will quickly realize this shop tells the story of a vibrant local arts community.
"We are honored to offer quality products to our customers that are handmade by local artisans and proud that every purchase at tend&flourish supports independent women owned businesses," said Edmondson.
New Age Wellness Center?
As tend&flourish makes it easy for you to grab a special gift and handmade gift box in one stop, the real fun begins on the businesses second floor! Enter into the McMillan Gallery, a beautifully restored old church converted into a fine art gallery that delightfully transcends expectation when it comes to natural light and heavenly acoustics. Branching off the main gallery space are several unique studio shops containing small independent businesses, all components that make up the new age wellness center
While diet and exercise seem to be the buzz words for maintaining health and wellness, Edmondson says "The holistic wellness approach considers the whole person - body, mind, spirit and emotions in order to achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance."
Edmondson, is a Life Coach and Licensed Esthetician of 14 years who has worked in the skincare field since 2001. After winning a 2018 Accelerate Dayton Grant, she moved her business, The Skin Studio, into a larger space and began her search for talented like minded individuals to build her team.
"We have ten independent businesses including two nonprofit organizations under our roof. You can take Sense of Healing energy sessions with Michelle Hickman, a Reiki practitioner who uses tuning forks for sound healing and chakra alignment. For physical adjustment you can visit Leslie Dworkin, Licensed Massage Therapist offering Thai Massage and The Trager Approach. The Skin Studio offers a wide range of advanced skin care services & corrective therapies. In the McMillan Gallery space we offer a variety of classes to get you moving like Yoga and Thai Chi, as well as some amazing creative opportunities.
Half of the tend&flourish team consists of wellness practitioners whilst the other half are artists. "The link between the arts and well-being has been established for many years. Creativity is increasingly being validated as a powerful mind-body approach to address a variety of challenges. The "arts" which are are often thought of as drawing and painting also include music, dance and movement, writing, spoken word, sculpture, mosaics, jewelry making, fiber art and much more. You don't need to be an 'artist' or professional crafts person to benefit from doing these activities, the act of being creative is the key to increase positivity and healing," says Edmondson's Creative Director and Curator of The McMillan Gallery, Jes McMillan.
"At tend&flourish we understand that creativity is an important component of wellness and achieving balance. We offer various opportunities for creative experiences, from classes to gallery shows, talks, demos, drop-in art, or collaborative art," says McMillan. Jes McMillan is a local artist activist that has worked to empower and unify people through art for over 15 years. Her nonprofit organization, The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, is located inside tend&flourish and has a mosaic drop-in (make and take) art studio that is open to public on select days. Essentially you can bring your children in for some drop-in mosaic art while you get a skin care service or massage. The mosaic art studio also hosts regular art classes and offers community collaborative art making experiences that can be found on the organizations website www.MiDayton.org. Other amazing artists found at tend&flourish include Wendy Wagener Harris, owner of Cathartic Slant, a fine art, design and papercraft studio. There's Ileana of Ixchel Studio, who creates textile art and produces a unique skinny tie line and custom upholstery. Avid Creative owned by Rachael Botting is a design and jewelry company. Ellen Bukvic Studios is a fine art and sculpture studio.
tend&flourish has some exciting things planned for 2019 and will release a full schedule of events at the end of January. You can view the calendar of events and learn more about the team or services and products offered by visiting www.tendandflourishdayton.com.
"We invite everyone to come visit tend&flourish. Why not take advantage of some new opportunities for health & wellness and to add a few new tools to your tool belt. There is truly something wonderful here for everyone. We hope to see you soon." Kate Edmondson, owner tend&flourish.
Holistic Products & Services
Fine Art Gallery
1906 Brown Street, Dayton OH 45409
Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 7p
Saturday Soul Sessions Art Opening & Wellness event 2nd Saturdays 5p -8p
Artist Talk & Bourbon Tasting Series every 3rd Friday 6p -8p
Drop-In Mosaic Art Studio 1st & 3rd Saturdays noon to 5p