Meet The Maker is a series devoted to getting to know our makers, one-on-one. This week we talked to Chrissy of Apotheke. Her all natural apothecary line, fills our homes with effervescent candles like Bamboo, and her Charcoal bar and liquid hand soaps wash those nasty Subway germs away.
How did you create Apotheke?
I started Apotheke as a hobby. I was making soap in my kitchen, and it turned out people liked it! So I started at a farmers market in the Hamptons, and kept growing for the past 4 years.
Is it hard to constantly come up with unique scents?
There are moments when we have to stop and really think about where we want the brand to develop. There are endless possibilities when it comes to development and picking new scents. The hardest part is being able to pick the right ones, and walk through the process without deterring. What we strive for is to keep it simple, yet interesting. We try not to go with the trendy scents – just beautiful, simple, yet life-long scents you want to fill your home.
What’s the best part of making your candles, soaps, and lotions?
Honestly, as much as I love seeing them from beginning to end, I love the creation and branding aspect. We’ve created a new line called BONTANIKA, and it was so fun to incorporate our traditional branding with a more upscale/new twist.
What’s something that you never thought would be a part of your job?
Owning a small business is an adventure. I was up for the challenge when I first started, and knew I would learn a lot, but I don’t think I quite knew HOW much. We still work every day, and it’s the little things that I always forget about. Like, how to fix a metal gate when your employee jams it. Sebastian [Chrissy’s husband and Apotheke co-owner] and I had a really late dinner that day!
You guys have previously set up shop at Brooklyn Flea. Do you see more pop-up shops and flea markets in Apotheke’s future?
Absolutely! I’ve always had a love for retail, and it won’t ever stop. We’ve set up a pop-up at Canvas Home in Manhattan, and have done the Holiday Fair at Grand Central for the past few years. There are a few exciting things in the works, so we’ll see where they take us!
What’s the best thing about living in Brooklyn?
Best thing would have to be the food and city views. We’ve traveled a bit and always realize we have it really good in New York with our food choices. Everyone is just so creative and delicious!
Best place in Brooklyn to get a cup of coffee?
We work and live in Red Hook so we’re daily visitors at Baked. The coffee is great and the sweets are well… my weakness!
What’s your favorite Brooklyn sweet?
Liddabit Sweets’ Chocolate Dipped Sea Salt Caramels. They have a store in Industry City and I always stock up on boxes of caramels.
Have a guilty pleasure you can’t live without?
Facials. I love them!
Best piece of advice you’ve given or received?
Sebastian always says, “Happy wife, Happy life.” I have to agree with him!