BLK+GRN: Why do you do what you do? NUBIAN: Hi, I’m Nubian Flunder, the founder, and formulator for The Healing Place Apothecary. Our brand seeks to bridge the gap between the modern world and the natural world. To demonstrate that we can prioritize our wellness and respect our planet while being chic, savvy and fabulous. BLK+GRN: What was your "Aha Moment" and when did your vision start to manifest? NUBIAN: Our brand was born out of my private practice. I have been a dedicated and compassionate Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Wellness Educator for over 20 years and specialize in skin disorders, pain relief, and women’s health. In 2010 my son was born and I needed to find a way to restructure the way I was working. Starting this product line allowed me the flexibility to run a business while being present for my family. BLK+GRN: How is your brand green? Why was this important to you? NUBIAN: Based in Oakland, CA, we proudly use 85% eco-friendly packaging and 98% natural ingredients that are sourced regionally when available. BLKGRN: What need do you currently see being unmet that you address? NUBIAN: We provide personal care products for women of color that are simple, effective and TRUSTWORTHY. We aim to build human relationships with our customers so laying a foundation of trust and transparency is key.
BLK+GRN: What’s your favorite black-owned brand on BLK + GRN? NUBIAN: Mahnal! BLK+GRN: Why do you think it is important to Buy Black? NUBIAN: Because Black-owned businesses are more likely to hire Black people. We are excited to provide jobs and entrepreneurial exposure to local youth and people of African descent in an environment where quality education and employment opportunities can seem out of reach. The Healing Place Apothecary prioritizes our support of economically healthy and vital Black communities. BLK+GRN: What’s your self-care routine? NUBIAN: My self-care routine is rooted in a foundation of healthy eating, prayer, yoga, laughter, spending time in nature, rest and saying NO. Everything else is extra! BLK+GRN: Anything else coming soon? NUBIAN: Yes, a subscription service and more opportunities for customers to access our products through our wholesale partnerships.