Small Business Spotlight: The Zen Den | St Marys GA Commercial Photography

July 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography When I first heard about The Zen Den opening in downtown St Marys, I was so excited. This is exactly the kind of store we need here. As a naturally-minded momma, with naturally-minded mom friends, I knew this was going to be a great thing. I finally made it in to see the shop and it smelled so lovely and Whitney was very welcoming and friendly. I've been wanting to revive my Small Business Spotlight series and knew this would be the perfect shop to get the features going again. 

Read on to learn more about Whitney and The Zen Den. 

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Tell us about your business. What services/products do you offer?

The Zen Den, LLC is a small boutique specializing in organic, all-natural skin care products and health and wellness. I offer products ranging from facial regimens to lotion bars to beard oil. I also offer customized products based on customer needs and aroma preferences. I also carry Soul Flower organic clothing and children's books, and of course our Zen Friends that come with their own Sleepy Time spray! 

The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

What inspired you to open your business?

My son was my inspiration for opening my business. I was previously an environmental scientist and special education teacher. After finding out that my son is high-functioning autistic, I realized that I would need more flexibility and time to help him as he grows. I also discovered how essential oils really helped him during difficult times. People began asking me for products, and I felt a calling. So, I decided to find a space and offer my handmade products to everyone! 

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Who is your biggest inspiration in life/business?

My biggest inspiration is my son and my family in both my life and my business.

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What is your favorite quote?

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

What do you love most about what you do?

What I am providing people with a healthy alternative to the skin care products out there loaded with chemicals and toxins. I love hearing everyone say, "It smells so good in here!" and "It is so relaxing in here!" when they come into my shop. I love that I can help others who have questions about a natural approach to health and wellness.

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What is your biggest success with your business to date? What are you most proud of?

My biggest success so far is opening!! I have also had huge success with my Rejuvenate Butter, which is a blend of essential oils and carriers that have shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects. Everyone who has purchased it, has raved about it.

I am most proud of my events for special needs families, as it is a way for the children to do a fun activity and for the parents to socialize and support each other.

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Do you have a memorable moment in your business that you can share with us?

My first First Friday in downtown St Marys. It was the second day that my doors were open, and I scrambled to find a musician to play out front. It all came together perfectly, and there was so much energy in here. I didn't know that many people could fit in my little store. It felt like a sign that everything will be ok, and that I made the right decision opening my shop. 

What can your clients expect from you when they order/purchase from you? 

Friendly and helpful service. I am also very honest, and want people to find the right product for their needs. even if I have to create a custom product (which I love to do!). They should also understand that every product is fresh and made with organic ingredients. My products do not contain preservatives so they must be used within two years. 

The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Tell us three things about you that we might not know.

I never stop learning new things. I love swimming. I love making people smile.

Name three local businesses you love and why.

Bessie's- It is a wonderful place to grab a quick, delicious lunch and some ice cream!

Cottle and Gunn- They always have new things, and you never know what creative items you will find in there!

Submarine Museum- My husband is a submariner, and there is a lot of amazing history. My son loves looking through the periscope too!

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Where can people find you?

Website: www.the-zenden.com

Email: whitney.zenden@gmail.com

Phone: 703-789-6870 (personal phone, so during business hours only please :) )

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitneyszenden

Instagram: @whitzen

 

The Zen Den is located in Downtown St Marys on Osborne St next to Once Upon a Bookseller (go in the red door). Be sure to follow The Zen Den on Facebook to hear about some of the great events she also hosts at her boutique!


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Kimberly Tank is an award winning professional photographer and artist in Saint Marys, Georgia, servicing Camden County in Southeast Georgia (including Kingsland & Woodbine) and Northeast Florida (including Yulee, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, & Jacksonville). Using natural light and custom on location sessions, Kimberly Tank specializes in the family and child photography; providing an exceptional customer experience and helping you turn your family memories into works of art.

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