An Accidental Retailer Flourishes In The Bay Area

Stevonne Ratliff never intended to become a retailer. Her store, Concept Forty-Seven, was the fortuitous, albeit initially unplanned, result of securing space to produce her Brazil-inspired skin, hair and body care brand Beija...

Beauty Brands Join Health-Conscious Women On Retreats

Last December, Shilpi Chhotray left the go, go, go pace of her day job as a senior communications officer at a non-profit and her urban San Francisco existence behind for a week of sun salutations and sea...

Butter Elixir’s Lorenza Pintar Relies On Gut Instinct To Guide Growth

Lorenza Pintar has no grand plan for her brand Butter Elixir. It entered Saks Fifth Avenue last month at the Wellery, the fitness and wellness concept that’s brought salt rooms, exercise classes and fat-freezing treatments to a...

The Dawn Of Dispensary Beauty: Inside The Business Of Selling Cannabis Personal Care

During an otherwise ordinary Monday morning in August, Aillea owner Kathryn Dickinson was on a tough assignment for Beauty Independent doing reconnaissance at Denver marijuana dispensaries. She’d never entered dispensaries before, and her mission was to scout...

The Truth Beauty Company’s Jennifer Freitas Stays Ambitious Amid The Retail Apocalypse

Jennifer Freitas believed there was no reason the women in her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario shouldn’t be able to shop in a high-class beauty boutique. So, she gave it to them. In 2010, she opened an...

The Lemon Laine Oil Bar Makes Wine Bars Seem So Yesterday

There are some wine shoppers who buy Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe’s, throw back a few glasses and call it an evening. Then, there are those who frequent wineries, discuss distinct bouquets and relish information...