Bizline: An Herbal Apothecary in Frisco
Q: What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide?A: We are an “herb shop” and a “house of tea” rolled into one. For people who want botanical medicine in any form, or fine tea (like one would expect to find in Boulder or Denver) we are the place to go in Summit County. We take great pride in selecting both Western and Eastern herbal and natural products that are produced as locally as possible, and are either organically grown or sustainably wildcrafted. At our storefront, you will find:Tea & bulk herbs, teapots & related accessories, Chinese granule powder formulations, tincture, glycerite and solid extract formulations of western herbs, local herbal skin care products, therapeutic grade essential oils, professional line vitamins, minerals, natural remedies for altitude sickness, sun exposure, poison oak/ivy, and much more. Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County?A: We are all from here. We’ve been selling herbal medicines on our own for years, but there’s no place to get herbal tea that is formulated as your medicine, unless you travel to the front range. Now it’s here.Q: What experience do you have in this field?A: Cybil, Kim and Justin all learned herbs from an Eastern or Western perspective in their graduate programs as acupuncturist/Oriental medicine practitioner or naturopathic doctors, respectively. Justin also took an herbalist course, worked as an herbalist, and started as a second-generation herbalist before naturopathic school. Tracie Mears is the shop’s office manager, and did an intensive residential course in herbalism before starting her own “mountain magic” herbal product line that people have been able to find in Summit County for years.Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?A: There are no other shops like this in Summit County. People may have been able to find a smattering of herbs at local health food stores for years, but we are the first place to find bulk herbs, and supplies for making one’s own medicine in the high country. Apothecary is an old word for pharmacy, and the old way is to make herbal medicine from scratch. Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County?A: We aiming for a cross section of holistically minded folks, people who want to take charge of their own wellness, avoid pharmaceutical intervention because of personal or religious convictions, use natural products, buy locally made (Colorado-based), and people who want to support “green” and sustainable practices for buying health and wellness products. Q: Why did you choose to open where you did?A: We have a fantastic location on Frisco’s main street for our clinic, and the front reception area was large enough to be transformed into a well-stocked herbal apothecary like this.Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?A: We plan to continue being a permanent fixture of herbal and nutritional wellness for the next couple decades, as herbalists, naturopathic doctors, or acupuncturist. The backcountry herbal apothecary serves as a common hub for our practices, and for people who walk in and want to take care of themselves in a local, green, holistic fashion.
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