Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring is here! Time to go to the Farmers Market, by Theresa & Timothy Minor


It is springtime again! After a long cold winter we are ready and so excited to be out again at our local farmers markets, craft shows and special events. We have enlisted our family member, Kristen Minor to handle some of the markets. We will be participating in about 5 markets this season Newtown Square Farmers Market, Media Farmers Market, Carousel Park Farmers Market, Glasgow Farmers Market and Thornton Farmers Market. The market season will run from now until late October.



We have been with the Newtown Square Farmers Market for about 5 years now. PRC Newtown Square Farmers’ Market at Mostardi’s Nursery will begin on June 3rd. It is located  at 4033 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA, every Wednesday, 2:00-6:00PM, June 3 - Oct 29. The Newtown Square Farmers' Market is managed by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC). The Mostardi family has been a tremendous support for PRC.


Media Farmers Market is a weekly, open-air, grower/producer market featuring fresh food, locally raised and crafted. Established in 2009 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, Media Farmers Market brings area farmers, residents, and businesses together in support of the “Eat Fresh, Buy Local” movement, thereby enhancing our community and supporting our environment.  All products are raised, grown, or handmade by the vendors.  While some farms are not certified organic, most use organic practices, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and pasture their livestock. Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and performing artists are featured regularly. Media Farmers Market is located in the parking lot next to the Media Theatre, on the corner of State and Gayley Streets, in Media, PA. Open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the second week of May through the week before Thanksgiving. The Market will be open from May 14 through November 19.



We will also be participating in the Carousel Park Farmers Market and  Glasgow Farmers Market. The NCCFMP farmers markets will run from late - May through October every Friday. And we will be attending each market on alternating Fridays. Glasgow Regional Park Farmers’ Market: is located at 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702 (near the intersection of Pulaski Hwy & Rt. 896) and the Carousel Park Farmers’ Market is located at 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. 


Last but certainly not least is the Thornton Farmers Market which is open every Saturday from 11am to 2pm on Glen Mills Road between Thornton and Cheyney Roads. Just look for the flags down the street from Thornbury Park! The Thornton Farmers Market operates during the Spring to Fall growing season. They offer fresh eggs from free range chickens, organic produce, local honey, hearth baked breads, canned goods, cakes, pies, dog treats, cut flowers in arrangements, BBQ and much more. Come pet the Alpacas and learn about these fascinating animals. Fun for the whole family!

We look forward to seeing you at the market! For more information about where you can find us check out our Calendar of Events.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Harvey Oak Mercantile by: Theresa & Timothy Minor

It gives us great pleasure to announce that you can now find Urban Essence Salon & Spa's handcrafted luxury bath & body products at Harvey Oak Mercantile. Harvey Oak Mercantile and Workshop is a lifestyle specialty shop inspired by life in Swarthmore, PA. HOM provides unique gifts and home d├ęcor that are responsibly made and well designed. They focus on local, handmade and vintage merchandise for gift giving, casual entertaining and everyday living. Events and classes in their Harvey Oak Workshop provide an opportunity to learn and share new gardening, crafting and kitchen tips and techniques.

Currently they are carrying our Sinus Relief Bath Tea, Sunshine Citrus Bath Tea and our Lavender & Herb, Brown Sugar, and Almond & Honey Bath Bonbons.

Our Sinus Relief Bath Tea is made with Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel and Willow Bark as well as Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils.

The Sunshine Citrus Bath Tea is made with Chamomile, Lavender, Spearmint, Rosemary, Juniper and Rose Petal, and Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Orange essential oils.

Our all natural Bath Bonbons are sure to leave your skin well nourished. They fizz when placed in water and create a luxurious moisturizing bath. They are made with cocoa butter, baking soda and citric acid essential oils and fragrance oils.


Stop by the Harvey Oak Mercantile and take a whiff they are located at 102 Park Ave, in the heart of Swarthmore’s Town Center.

Hours:
Tuesday- Saturday  10:00- 6:00
Sunday                   11:00- 5:00
Contact:  info@harveyoak.com
610-328-1521



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Two new late summer fragrances: by Theresa & Timothy Minor

Join UESS in introducing two new late summer fragrances. Green Sea Spa and Beach Grass. We purchased these fragrances back in early June. We tested them in our entire product line to make sure they performed well. The true test was in our Gourmet Luxury Soap. So without further ado:


Beach Grass: Top notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord. Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances. Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla.









Green Sea Spa: Top notes: created with fresh ozone notes which are reminiscent of the sea with citrus bergamot, grapefruit, tropical dew fruit and green cassis notes. Mid Notes: a watery floral blend of jasmine, muguet and violet with herbal sage, parsley and an algae nuance. Base Notes: a woody background of cedar, amber and musk.








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op Notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord
Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances
Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla. - See more at: http://www.candlesandsupplies.net/8-oz-Beach-Grass-Scent#sthash.W4IUcuvP.dpuf
op Notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord
Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances
Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla. - See more at: http://www.candlesandsupplies.net/8-oz-Beach-Grass-Scent#sthash.W4IUcuvP.dpuf

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Production this week at UESS by: Theresa & Timothy Minor

We are in production this week making our Gourmet Luxury Soap. So far we have made 14 logs of soap.
Here is a list of the fragrances:

African Black Soap
Baby Powder
Cool Cucumber
Frankincense & Myrrh
Just Oatmeal 
Lavender & Herb
Lemongrass
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
Ocean Mist
Orange Blossom
Sandalwood
Sunflower & Calendula
and two new fragrances Green Sea Spa, and Beach Grass.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spa day at the Vineyard: By Theresa & Timothy Minor

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Penns Wood Winery
Sunday, September 7th : 12:30pm - 3:30pm 
Join Penns Woods Winery, MERRYoga and Urban Essence Salon & Spa at the vineyard on Sunday, September 7th for an afternoon of bliss and relaxation.

We will be hosting our first ever Spa day at the Vineyard that begins with a 1 hr yoga class followed by a Manisage, Rejuvenating Facial, and ends with a chair massage. Enjoy getting pampered as you sip on your favorite Penns Woods Wines!

Yoga - Enjoy a 60 minute gentle yoga session with MERRYoga amoung the vines of the vineayrd.

Manisage – Using a 3-in-1 Foaming Butter Scrub Urban Essence will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your hands leaving your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth! Then seal in the moisture with heated paraffin hand wax!

Rejuvenating Facial – Facials are extremely beneficial in skin rejuvenation. The Rejuvenating facial consists of a skin examination, cleansing, toning, and application of facial masque followed by moisturizer application. This facial treatment improves skin elasticity and strengthen connective tissue leaving the skin more youthful and radiant.

Chair Massage – Massage of the back, shoulders, neck, and arms in which you sit comfortably and fully clothed as you enjoy a relaxing massage that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! A chair massage is more than a luxury!

You can enjoy any wines on our wine list by the glass throughout the afternoon!

For ticket options click here  For questions Questions? Call 610.459.0808


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The New UESS Brand Logo, by Theresa & Timothy Minor

Urban Essence Salon & Spa has been around for over 11 years. And in those 11 years our handcrafted luxury bath & body product line has evolved to meet our customer’s needs. We have made few changes to our look and thought that now would be the perfect time to have a brand logo that truly represented our sense of style. We also wanted to make sure that our new brand logo reflected our existing color palette. It is very important to us that when our customers see our new brand logo they see the quality and care that we put into each product we make.


The original UESS brand logo
While in the process of crafting our new brand logo we kept coming back to our original logo for inspiration. There were a lot of people that like this logo and suggested that we stick with what we had. And of course we liked it as well, however, it was definitely time for an upgrade! From the very beginning, we have always used this brand logo on our product packaging, website, and all print materials. This brand logo is recognized by many customers and we wanted to make sure that when we designed our new brand logo that it would continue with the colors that are familiar to our customers.


The interim UESS brand logo
Then maybe about two years ago we started using this brand logo. At the time this brand logo seemed fresh, clean and clear. It was different and stood out. However, it just did not allow Urban Essence Salon & Spa to stand out and be recognized. In our eyes it still lacked that 3 dimensional feel that we were looking for. While this brand logo did make it to our website and some print materials it never made it to our packaging and labels. We can't tell you how hard we worked at trying to make this brand logo become the standard.



The New UESS Brand Logo
Finally, we have arrived at our New Brand Logo! After countless hours of trying to come up with a logo on our own; and our friends and family offering us help and support. We came to the conclusion that it was time to hire a graphic designer. Finding a good graphic designer was not easy! Our new brand logo is the result of Timothy and me working with Heather one of the graphic designers at CJ Graphics  This logo is clear has style and it encompasses the color palette that represents Urban Essence Salon & Spa. Heather worked with us every step of the way. The very best part about developing our new brand logo is that she asked us questions about our company, our products and how we planned to use our logo. We worked virtually over the computer with her which made it feel like we were right there beside her. With Heather's guidance the process was smooth and effortless. The font, color and style was actually chosen by Timothy and me instead of the designer coming up with what they thought we might want.

Over the next few weeks look for our new brand logo on our entire product line, print materials, website and more! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Connecting with Customers, By Theresa & Timorhy Minor

For over 5 years we have participated in various outdoor markets, farmers markets and craft shows. We have traveled from the Philadelphia area to as far north as Connecticut and as far south as North Carolina. The greatest thing about being a vendor at various events is that we get to meet so many interesting people from the promoters of the events to the loyal customers! One of those regular customers is Robin Mastrippolito

At 10:00am every Saturday in West Chester, PA its "Market Day" at the Artisan Exchange. The Artisan Exchanged is the only indoor market of it's kind in the area. One of the wonderful things about being a vendor at the Artisan Exchange is the people that we meet. The people are friendly, well informed, artistic and most of all very supportive of the vendors. Robin has been coming to the Artisan Exchange since the market opened. She is a customer who takes her time wandering through the market to check out each and every vendor. 


Robin Mastrippolito
As makers of handcrafted luxury bath & body products we value our customers. And our customers play a huge part in our business. In many ways our customers played a role in the development of the various fragrances that we currently offer. Its customers like Robin that offers us encouragement and support. She visits us almost every weekend to buy our Gourmet Luxury Soap and she also gives us the most tastiest cupcakes and the icing is to die for!  Her cupcakes are 100% made from scratch.

Its always a pleasure connecting with people and hearing their stories. The vendors and customers have become a part of our working family. Loyal patrons like Robin Mastrippolitois is one of  the reasons we truly enjoy participating in markets and craft shows. We get to meet our customers face to face and give them the experience of our Handcrafted Luxury Bath & Body Products. This experience invigorates the human senses of touch, smell and sight. Be sure to check out our retail locations and our calendar of events for where you can meet us and purchase our products. And of course our products can always be purchased on our website.


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