We're excited to bring you our Vendor Spotlight series and introduce a few of our artisans! This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Lynn from Blue Lake Botanicals and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Lynn Abbey Zukowski. I have a passion for the green plants around us, and so I make herbal skincare products and teas. I especially love to surprise people with plants native to northern Ohio that we commonly overlook. For example, Gitchi Gumee Cream is made from the aromatic and resinous buds of cottonwood trees. It was called Balm of Gilead and renowned for moisturizing dry skin before it was forgotten.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do.
I am a lifelong organic gardener and amateur naturalist. The more I learned about plants, the more I wanted to know. I studied herbs on my own at first, but later took courses and eventually joined the American Herbalist Guild. I do have a biology degree and worked as a laboratory research assistant. Infusing herbs in oils and making salves and creams isn't all that different except that it is more fun.
3). What is your best seller?
My best selling products vary with the season, but in the drying winter weather, the moisturizing products like the rich creams, body butters and facial serum are the most popular.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I did a couple shows in 2013, then quit my job last year and have been at it full time since. I have done a few Crafty Mart shows and love doing them and meeting all the unique vendors.
5). Coffee or tea?
Tea, especially Holy Basil Tea.
Thank you Lynn for answering our questions! You can look for her at the next Crafty Mart, or you can find Blue Lake Botanicals online!