An Upper Peninsula business that found its legs on the web through a platform called Etsy is now expanding into a physical location in Marquette County.
Hempy’s Company held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.
The new outfit makes their products out of hemp seed oil. They sell lotions, soap, body products, along with candles and other items.
“Most of my products I scent with essential oils, so they are natural,” Hempy’s Company Owner Penny Aldrich said. “Most of my products are at least 86% organic and vegan.”
“The niche we have here is you can customize everything and tailor it to your needs. I also make up salves, and different oils here for eczema, psoriasis that kind of thing.”
Aldrich, a five–year cancer survivor, started the company three years ago after discovering the benefits of natural products.
“I’ve had cancer twice in the past five years,” Aldrich said. “Three years ago I had a double mastectomy, so all of the treatments, all of the chemicals, all of that you have to take to get rid of the cancer pretty much kills every cell in your body, and everything falls off you and it’s terrible. So I started looking into natural alternative-type remedies.”
Hempy’s also offers taro card readings and massage specialists. They are even hoping to hold classes for people to make their own products.
The store is located at 1716 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette. They are open from 10-7 Monday through Saturday, and 10-4 Sundays. You can visit their Facebook page or website for updates on classes and other offers they will have.