For two and a half years, the fluorescent pink cross that hangs above Botanica Bazaar, a boutique in the hamlet of Amagansett on Long Island, served as a beacon for holistic-minded locals. Any resemblance to the classic signage of French pharmacies is no coincidence. “We are a beauty store, but also a one-stop shop for health and wellness for the whole family,” says Leilani Bishop, a former model who partnered with Surf BazaarIt’s Bethany Mayer. If the mix of products – fluoride-free toothpaste and organic sunscreen, tarot cards and herbal tonics – always hinted at the other side of the coast, it’s only fitting that they would finally land there, with a forward -Los Angeles post debuting this month.
“We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this community,” Mayer says of the fortuitous opportunity to open at Palisades Village, a comfortable new development that has other like-minded women entrepreneurs, such as the jewelry designer. Jennifer meyer, as tenants. “We’re going to be on a patch of grass like we are in Amagansett!” she adds jewelry box space that was built by her husband, sculptor Rogan Gregory, with custom accents of marble, rose quartz, and Douglas fir. Eastern staples like NYC Botanics’ CBD tinctures and Pennsylvania-based Hollow & Ridge mint repellant will make their first pilgrimage to the west, joined by a handful of newcomers: Smile’s candy-colored vibrators. Makers, the natural alternative to Botox in Immunocology, and more.
Below Bishop and Mayer talk about products that are sure to be loved by Montauk and Malibu surf sets.