UXBRIDGE: A popular downtown merchant closed its doors last week as its owner looks forward to an exciting new venture.
Elemi Organics, formerly located at 58 Brock St. West which had over the past four years grown into one of the premier downtown businesses, closed up shop on Wednesday, July 31. However, store owner Ginny van Veghel will not be waiting long for a new venture as she announced via a Facebook message that she intends to use the opportunity to help grow her extremely popular Friggin Lip Balm brand.
"The decision to close the store has not been an easy one and I am sad and I will miss it," Ms. van Veghel said. "I am not leaving the entrepreneurial world; as I will my take company - The Friggin Lip Balm Company - to the next level. By closing the store, I will be able to give the attention that this venture needs."
Ms. van Veghel started Elemi Organics six years ago, while living in British Columbia, after working in the retail aromatherapy industry for many years. She began her business by selling her products at farmer’s markets, craft fairs, trade shows and at select stores.
Upon moving back to Uxbridge she planned to open a store, which would become Elemi Organics. As for the very unique name of her company’s lip balm, Ms. van Veghel says it came out of frustration.
"I like to name all my products, I didn’t just want to call it lip balm," she told The Standard. "I wanted to get the product out there and I needed a name and out of complete frustration I had said ‘what am I going to call the friggin lip balm?’ And it hit me that I should call it Friggin Lip Balm."