Farmaesthetics' Stylish Apothecary

Farmaesthetics' Stylish Apothecary

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Jacqueline Marque
Mar 31, 2014
(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Name: Farmaesthetics Skincare Apothecary & Treatment Boutique
Location: Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island
Size: Front shop : 299 square feet, Treatment Room: 130 square feet, Back room with courtyard access (under renovation): 364 square feet
Years worked in: 6 years; rented

Brenda Brock, founder of the natural skincare line Farmaesthetics, remembers being a little girl, curiously standing on her tippy toes, and straining to see the top of her grandmother’s dressing table. There were toiletries in milky blue glass bottles with labels she couldn’t read, white linen hankies, crisp and folded, and sweetly scented powdery things. It was private, personal and intimate. “I was drawn to that place. I think I knew that women were different at their dressing tables somehow, that this is where they went to soften themselves after hard work. It was mysterious to know that they had this place to be that had nothing to do with us.”