(left) Jennifer Bland, founder of the Virtuous Bee makes a variety of honey and beeswax based bath and body products, some of which are sourced from her family’s own hives! At Bland’s pop-up event during the Holiday Hike on December 6, visitors to Gather can sample the Virtuous Bee’s wares and figure out which one is right for them. And the beauty of meeting a maker in person is that the maker can share how their work is made! (right) “When I first contacted Talia about carrying my products, 407 was a brand-new company,” says Amy Smith, founder of 407 Botanicals. “She didn’t hesitate to give me a chance, and now stocks almost my entire product line. She cares about the success of her makers.” Smith makes natural skincare and bath products — be sure to check out their peppermint products for the holidays!

Lynae Sowinski
Vice President, Board of Directors at Limestone Post
Lynae joined Limestone Post in the summer of 2015. She works with all contributors and manages the editorial content for the site.

A Bloomington native, Lynae graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2012 with a minor in sociology. She started her editing career at Bloom Magazine as a high school intern and, over the course of almost eight years, advanced to the position of associate editor. Among other duties, she managed the website, magbloom.com, which won Best Journalism Website in 2012 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.