Sophia Conde, 23, spends a lot of time these days in her haunt, a loft above the Conde contemporary art gallery in downtown Natchez.
This is where a collection of wellness and personal care items is sold. It contains things Conde missed from her hometown of Miami that she couldn’t find in Natchez, she said.
His family moved to Natchez amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
The store is simply called âMother’sâ because its content is inspired by the unique taste of Conde’s mother, Stacy, who co-owns the store.
The products – or âhippie stuffâ as she described them – are primarily eco-friendly, cruelty-free, natural, and organic products made in the United States. Incense, crystals, natural and organic skin care products, hair care, bath salts, deodorants, herbal teas and CBD cookies are just a few of its offerings.
Mother’s was an unplanned follow-up to the gallery opening late last year, Conde said.
âIt wasn’t always in the plan,â she said. âI think it was just becauseâ¦ it was just a convenience for us. â¦ The gallery opened in the middle of the pandemic and (Mother’s) opened a little later. It was a fun project that my mom and I could do.
Conde said she worked for her mother before she graduated high school, doing much of the digital marketing and background work for the gallery’s online space. She has a computer desk sitting around the corner from Mother’s where she can work and keep the store.
A decorative display case inside Conde Contemporary is the only allusion to the small store tucked away upstairs from the art gallery. Conde said the store has attracted interesting groups of people interested in things similar to her.
âThere’s actually a small community of Wiccans here, which is pretty cool. We have started ordering herbs by special request and will process orders as they arrive. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of fun.
Almost everything on offer there is meant to help pamper and relax the user, including a weekly yoga class hosted by Conde, she said.
Classes cost $ 20 per session and last from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening.
The class alternates between restorative yoga and yoga nidra – a guided meditation – which are both gentle on the body and friendly to beginner and intermediate level students.
Mother’s also offers free facials, so shoppers can feel pampered and have the chance to try a product before purchasing it.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Online purchases can also be made at mothersnatchez.com.