Rhody Gem: The Heal Room

January 2022

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What it is:

Little Rhody’s first zero-waste shop dedicated to wellness and healing with self-serve refill stations of bath, body, and cleaning products, along with a selection of self-care items like crystals, Reiki-infused candles, books, locally made art, and more.

Where to find it:

Down the street from La Arepa on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket, stop when you come to the window painted with rainbow swoops.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

“People and planet over everything” is the motto of this unique shop, where going green never looked cozier amid abundant house plants, soft sofas, and shelves of pump bottles and artfully arranged natural goods. According to owners Ana Duque and Karen Mejias, “All our products give back in some way, whether it’s planting a tree, giving 1 percent to the planet, supporting a local maker, or even diverting plastic from the landfill.” Patrons describe an atmosphere that’s positive and inviting, where Duque and Mejias are happy to answer questions and dedicated to the education portion of their mission that includes sharing ethical practices through workshops and conversation. “Being immigrant women of color and growing up in Pawtucket, we wanted to really bring awareness to issues revolving around our health and the health of the planet to our community and then provide solutions with the products in our store.”

The Heal Room574 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket

 

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