Leilani Bishop and Botanica Bazaar, an Island Experience
Aug 05 2020 Nourish Editors
Born in Maui, Leilani is “an island girl at heart”. She moved to New
York City at the age of 17 to start a modeling career that spanned two decades. After the birth of her son, she and her family moved back to Kauai and reconnected to a simpler plant-based way of life her parents had ingrained in her while growing up.
They had kept a home in Long Island, New York, where her husband's family lived and came back to visit often. When it was time for her son to go to school they decided to head back East permanently. They wanted to stay close to their family while maintaining a similar lifestyle to that of Kauai and be able to get to the city with ease. They decided Amagansett was the perfect place to balance it all.
Leilani always had a love for all the natural and Artesian products she had used, both in Kauai and while traveling the world. She wanted to bring that feeling to the place where she currently lived and her community. Botanica Bazaar was masterfully put together with her business partner - Bethany Mayer, who shared a similar ethos around their choices and direction for the store.
Botanica Bazaar is inspired by European Apothecaries and healing approaches from different modalities. Their mission is to curate aselection of products aimed at balancing the mind, body and spirit. Over the four years the store has been open, there has been a huge shift in women educating themselves around issues such as gut health, spiritual health and balance as a means to achieve their skin care goals.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, they’ve seen a surge in sales for their immunity builders, elderberry syrups, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and various other self-care products. This has been great for Leilani and her business partner as small businesses are feeling the impact of the pandemic. They’re thrilled that so many people are taking self-care seriously.