Kae Apothecary is one of our lovely retail partners, and they have been serving customers in Mount Vernon, Iowa for over three years.
In May of 2016, owner Andrea Gorsh opened up the apothecary in a small former artist's studio near Main Street. Customers quickly flocked to the small store and created more demand than the 400 square-foot studio could accommodate.
Fast forward to January 2019, Andrea moved the apothecary into a historic, and much larger, former 1800's hotel building. The apothecary now not only features a great shop for natural and unique items, but it also fosters a community of readers, knitters, psychics, as well as Yin Yoga and meditation.
Andrea loves the small-town feel of Mount Vernon, and the community gets excited about shopping small, purchasing artisanal goods, and finding alternatives to "big-box" stores.
When Andrea made the decision to move into a larger space, her community of customers came to show their support on a cold and rainy December afternoon. Over 75 people helped move boxes and items up the hill to her new (and very close-by) location. In less than a half-hour, everything was into the new space!
Andrea decided to open Kae Apothecary after beating cancer in her early twenties and dealing with celiac disease ever since. She began looking into more natural alternatives for her own self-care, and wanted to bring that knowledge into her community.
Kae Apothecary - Images courtesy of Andrea Gorsh