2 Chicks with Scents and Sustainability

In 2015, the United States generated about 262 million tons of municipal waste. About 35 million tons of that came from plastic products, and almost 7 million tons came from glass. With these figures, it’s easy to see why it is so important that we do everything we can to help the environment and support businesses that do the same.

This is why we here at Panacea value sustainability, recycling, and upcycling as a way to help our environment. We offer reusable growlers and encourage you to bring your own containers to be filled with your favorite kombucha. We also have reusable cups. But we don’t stop there. We also like to partner with other local business owners that use their businesses to promote sustainability, recycling, and upcycling.

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One of these local businesses is 2 Chicks with Scents owned by Bitsy Crawford and Kara Ryder.

It all started when owner Bitsy’s medical issues made her job as a chef too difficult to manage. She began making candles and other health products with essential oils in her home. Pretty soon friends and family began asking for her products and before she knew it, 2 Chicks with Scents was born. Officially started in 2012, 2 Chicks with Scents became a sustainable business that prompts health and wellness through essential oils, crystals, aromatherapy.

Now, almost seven years later, Bitsy and her partner Kara make salves, balms, element sprays, bath salts, soy candles, and essential oil blends. When they first started, they sourced mason jars from China, but soon realized the unneccesary waste and expense. Then they poured candles into whatever containers they had available. Even as 2 Chicks with Scents grew, they kept with the theme of recycling and upcycling, and even added in a way to support other local businesses.

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All of the candles are hand poured at 2 Chicks with Scents into recycled or upcycled containers from the community. Friends and customers give old jars, teacups, and even beer bottles to Bitsy and Kara to use for their candles. In fact, Panacea saves the old Unity Vibrations bottles we sell and donate them to Bitsy to use for her business.

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2 Chicks with Scents gets all of the pottery they use from local artists. These products are not just for candles. After the candles have burned out, you can use these containers as drinking glasses, pen or toothbrush holders, or for anything you need around your home or office. You can even bring the containers back to themfor a discounted candle refill. By doing this, 2 Chicks with Scents encourages their customers upcycle and recycle.

This is true even with the soy candles. The 2 Chicks team uses locally sourced soy for their products, which also double as a moisturizer. While many people think that candles are single use items, you can enjoy 2 Chicks with Scents’ candles and use the wax as a natural moisturizer, making a typically single-use item a multi-use item.

But 2 Chicks with Scents does more than just recycle and upcycle. They also make sure that all of their products come from companies that care about the environment just as much as they do.

The wooden wicks that they used are bought from Wooden Wicks, a small company based out of Oregon, that sustainability creates its products and helps plant more trees in the environment. Also, all the crystals that 2 Chicks with Scents are sustainability and naturally gathered. All of the plastic products that Bitsy and Kara use are BPA free, and when they need to buy jars for candles, they buy from a company that makes the jars from recycled glass.

2 Chicks with Scent sustainably provides Wilmington and the surrounding areas with great products all while helping support other local businesses. You can find their products at Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Going Local, local Farmers Markets, and on their website. Help support 2 Chicks with Scents as they support sustainability, recycling, and upcycling in our community.

Farmers Market Anyone?

They are all over Wilmington. Many people consider them the hub for local businesses to grow and connect with their consumers. Can you guess what they are?

Farmers Markets!

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Farmers Markets date back to 1730 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since, then these pop-up market have provided communities with fresh, local produce, baked good, and arts and crafts. Farmers Markets gives consumers the chance to meet with their local farmers and business owners to not only facilitate community relations, but also help build their local economy.

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Since its humble beginnings, it is estimated that there are nearly 8,000 Farmers Markets in the United States. Here in Wilmington, there are many different Farmers Market that popup around town throughout the week. In fact, it was at local Farmers Markets that Panacea Brewing Company was able to branch out and bring their unique product to light. Now, nearly three year later, we have an expanding taproom and a growing staff.

But that doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten our roots. You can still catch the booch bus at your local Farmers Markets. Check out the Markets below to get your favorite Panacea kombucha the old-fashioned way, and you never know what else you might find.

Riverfront Farmers Market:

Dock Street, between Front and 2nd

Saturdays, March 23rd-November 24th.

8am to 1pm

Tidal Creek Farmers Market:

5329 Oleander Dr., Wilmington NC 28403

Saturdays, Jan. 5, 2019-Dec. 28, 2019

8am-1pm.

Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market:

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Grounds (adjacent to Town Hall). 

Mondays, May 13, 2019 - September 30, 2019

8am - 1pm

Poplar Grove Farmers Market:

10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411

Wednesdays, April 17, 2019-September 25, 2019

8am-1pm

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So, come out and meet your neighbors at one of the many Farmer’s Markets here in Wilmington. National Farmers Market Week is August 4-10, 2019, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait before going to your Farmers Markets. Show your love to local farmers and business owners TODAY! Before you head out, be sure to grab your reusable growlers and bags.

We’ll see you at the Market.

Around Town

It’s Monday again, which means that the Panacea Taproom is closed.

But don’t let that get you down! There are still plenty of places to get your kombucha fix- one such place being the Tidal Creek Co-op. This local, consumer-owned market and café offers Wilmington a way to support local businesses while helping the environment along the way.

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Opened in 1982, Tidal Creek provides a local, healthy, and affordable shopping experience to all. The Co-op also works in educating the community on ways of sustaining a healthy environment and making informed choices regarding their well-being. Be sure to check out their new jar swap station in the bulk section. Tidal Creek also hosts The Wilmington Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am-1pm. This is just one way that the Co-op shows their commitment to the community and environment.

Tidal Creek Co-op is open daily from 8am-9pm at 5329 Oleander Drive, so grab your Panacea growler to refill at the deli and help support this local business all while enjoying you favorite, locally brewed ‘bucha!