We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Clarke-Dennis and Shannon Wheelwright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica and Shannon, what principle do you value most?
Positivity. Shannon and I believe actively seeking out the positive in life and finding joy is so important. Often life gets so crazy and busy that we forget to take a moment and do something for ourselves that brings us joy. We have been friends for over a decade and we have shared this value from the beginning. We both have a very strong work ethic but have always made it a priority to take the time to get outdoors. Whether it’s a quick walk in a field or a 3 day road trip to Tahoe and back. We squeeze these things in because for us, nature and friendship bring us the most joy and are the biggest reminder of what there is to be grateful for. When the opportunity to purchase Add Joy Botanicals from our friend arose we knew it was perfect for us. By using the most natural ingredients and nature inspired scents, we are now able to bottle the joy we have found in our lives and share it with the world. Each product’s label has a reminder to add joy, to be present and to live through love. Our hope is that the products leave users feeling nurtured and joyful. If we create something that reminds people to pause just for a moment and find a little serenity in their day, then we are accomplishing our mission.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Add Joy Botanicals is a small business run by two gals trying to spread joy and mindfulness. Our products are not only made with high quality and sustainably sourced ingredients but made with the intention of slowing you down enough to bring your awareness to you senses.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Julian has so many great restaurants and shops. Our favorite place to eat breakfast and have coffee is Regulars Wanted. For lunch or dinner you cant go wrong at Quecho Mexican Eatery or Julian Beer Company. Apple Ally is our go to pie shop for their GF options. If you’re looking for a chocolate fix head to Juliantla Chocolate, they make the BEST sweet treats. Right next door is Blue Door Winery where you can sit outside and sip their sangria. For family fun head to Eagle Mining Company for gold mining and an educational tour of their underground mines. Also, Fort Cross is a must visit with your kids where you guys can play old timey games, explore gardens and go to their petting zoo. Julian has so much to offer!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Sonja Kodimer! The incredible woman Add Joy Botanicals began with. We couldn’t thank her enough for choosing us to continue her work. We are so grateful. Check her out at www.sonjakodimer.com to see her beautiful oil paintings and ceramics.