Small business takes on a whole new meaning at the Hunnybunny Boutique. The shop’s owners, Nya and Zuri who are 13 and 6 respectively, make product with their little hands.
The two started the business several years ago as a stand at the farmer’s market and have grown their business to a store front in Northeast DC and online.
The Hunnybunny Boutique (311 Eighthth St NE) features a variety of pure and natural soaps, skincare and cleaning products. Nya and Zuri make many of the products in the store and process orders with the help of their dad, who oversees the operation.
Their first original product, handmade bar soap, now comes in a variety of scents including chocolate and vanilla, olive oil and the pair’s favorite: lemon poppyseed. They have expanded their inventory to include sugar scrubs, deodorant, facial treatments, lip balm and moisturizers.
The girls make all of their products at their home or in the store and said what sets them apart from other skincare and soap products are their ingredients. They use food-based ingredients, so you can be sure all products are safe to absorb into your skin.
“Everything in here is all natural,” Nya said. “It’s all stuff that you can find in your kitchen.” There are few words on the ingredient lists –they keep it simple and natural, she said.
Nya said that due to the pandemic the store has been receiving more online orders than ever before, but that people are starting to come back into the store.
“We used to have nobody coming in,” Nya said. “But it’s starting to even out a little bit (in store).”
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