Nectar Customer Spotlight | Tina Rose

When I created Nectar I envisioned a welcoming community, a sea of calm in a busy world, a place where people from all walks of life would feel at ease asking questions and discussing their needs, and where new relationships would be formed and nurtured. Since we opened in September 2014, these relationships with our customers and the connections that have been made between them have been the sustaining energy of the business. These warm and up-lifting relationships inspired me to create this Nectar Customer Spotlight.

I want you to meet some of these beautiful souls that have become part of our community at Nectar. I am delighted to introduce you to Tina Rose! It seems like Tina, with her sunny personality and infectious smile, has been with us since the very beginning. Here’s what Tina had to say:

Would you share a little about yourself, your background, where you’re from, etc.?

I was raised in Goodyear, AZ. At the time it was a pretty small town and as kids my brother, sister and I would be outside from the time we woke up until sunset. It was a pretty beautiful way to live. In early college I met my husband. We knew each other about six weeks before we got engaged… we got married six months later. Last July we celebrated our 23rd anniversary, so I think it’s worked out well. ☺

I’m a career writer (I work for a digital marketing agency in Scottsdale, but work from home), an avid traveler, a lover of dogs AND cats, an enthusiastic cook, a mediocre gardener (though I do hope to improve my talent), a slow-ish runner who waves to everyone, a bawdy laughter, a semi-regular practicer of yoga, a novice climber, and an enjoyer of almost all workouts. I also stop to watch ants scurrying about the sidewalk – and if you ever pass someone sporting two ponytails who just happens to be staring up at an unkindness of ravens, well, that’s probably me – so give me a quick honk and a wave, and say hi!

What did your family do for healthcare when you were growing up?

Oh goodness. My mom had an arsenal of antibiotics and doctors in her address book who would call in more for us without anyone stepping foot in the office. Thinking back, it’s all pretty horrifying.

How have natural remedies like herbs and essential oils made a difference in your life?

I can’t even address this without talking about Nectar. Home remedies and keeping a home that’s healthy and natural has been a passion of mine for decades, but finding the information and finding the reliable resources necessary to make that happen were difficult. Then, a few years ago I popped into Nectar, and it was like discovering my tribe. Suzanne, Steve, and Cathie (and now Tiara – who wasn’t there in the beginning), are so warm, welcoming and knowledgeable, that I knew I’d found my place – my space – to learn and grow. And I have, and am continuing to do so. By allowing me to gain the education, and confidence to make my own home and self care products – and buy the quality supplies I need – I’m able to create a healthier home, and that’s about all I think I could ask for.

How do you fit herbs and essential oils into your daily routine?

Between my body lotion, lip balm and salves, shaving cream, and body spray, plus the essential oil diffuser, homemade laundry detergent, spray cleansers, teas, and general cooking, I don’t think there’s an area of our home where herbs and essential oils don’t make an impact.

Why do you like to shop at Nectar?

It feels like a home away from home; a place where you have to be nothing more than that which you are. You can ask questions and really smart, kind, caring people will answer them. It’s a wonderful place – and I’m so grateful for it.

What’s your favorite herb, essential oil or tea, what do you like about it, and why do you use it?

Belly Calm Chai tea is easily the tea I drink most. I like that it takes 20 minutes to steep. It quietly builds anticipation – then it satisfies you with a warm mug of deliciousness that smacks of crisp fall days.

Have you taken classes at Nectar? What was your class experience?

So many (and there will be so many more). I love the interaction, the education, the laughter. The cocktails and mocktails class yielded an especially giddy crowd, and it was tons of fun, but every class I’ve taken has given me some new way to incorporate natural products into my life. Literally every class is worth it.

Do you have any advice for someone, just starting to explore natural remedies?

Start with something that sets you up for success. Salves are so simple and settle beautifully into their tins – and they feel so good on the skin. They also don’t take much in the way of supplies, so they’re a pretty inexpensive way to test the waters. And because they set up so well, they make pretty impressive looking gifts.

At Nectar, our lives and our work have been made better because of Tina. I can’t wait to introduce you all to others who started as customers and are now part of our community. If we haven’t met you yet, we look forward to getting to know you, too – stop in at the shop or say hi on social media.

much love,
suzanne

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