We had the good fortune of connecting with Amie Russ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start Larue’s Place for a few different reasons. I had a hard time finding natural products that helped with my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring from having to wear masks, and we were struggling to find products that helped my teenage daughter that has a mild case of acne and dry skin. Another motivation for starting my business is because I needed another source of income.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are a black owned small business that launched in March of 2021. We’re dedicated to providing our customers the best all natural skin care products that will leave their skin feeling moisturized and refreshed. We use vegan, organic, and all natural ingredients to ensure our customers get top quality products. Our unique blend of oils, that we infuse ourselves, sets us apart from other skin care companies. Our products are aimed towards those who have skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, etc.
I owe my success to my friends, family, and supporters. It has not been easy to organically grow my business, but without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
A lesson I’ve learned is to not give up and always persevere. Regardless of what challenges I face I’ve learned that consistency gives the best results.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places to eat are Another Broken Egg Café, Granville, Salsa and Beer, Fukurou Ramen, Fixens Soul Kitchen, El Flamin Taco Truck, and Tracey’s Belizean Restaurant. Some fun things to do around the city are the Griffith Observatory, horseback riding to the Hollywood Sign, the Huntington Library, checking out the local farmers markets, shopping around the Fashion District in DTLA, Broad Museum, Getty Center, trying out different breweries, and most importantly visiting the beach. Depending on when they came to visit, we could also catch a Dodger game, Laker game, or a Rams game.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
An organization I would like to shoutout is Black on the Block. They are sisters that started a company that gives black owned businesses a space to showcase their products. Being a vendor at their event has allowed me to grow my business and network with other small businesses.
Some photos are taken by Amie Russ from Larue’s Place and the others are by Brittany Dacoff from Blacklight Imaging