We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Bridges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business was born from a need to help others and focus on sharing different methods of healing in the process… As I worked to find spaces that were more inclusive, as well as mindful of acknowledging the healing modalities that were often stolen from Indigenous cultures, I realized that there was a serious need for education and awareness… My work has now shifted the focus on not just healing, but also on the decolonization of healing spaces, both in person and online… I’m now focusing on learning all I can, and trying to help others learn along the way, both in person and online
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?
When I first created my Essence line, I was motivated by a need to make something I wasn’t able to find.. I wanted to create a line for Wholistic Healing through Aromatherapy and Gem & Flower infused Essences… This was 6 years ago, when there weren’t many products incorporating all of these elements… I initially approached my company as an artist and creative, with zero knowledge of what it looked like to run or balance a business… I had to build my own website, business model, etc from scratch, with no real guidance, other than what I saw others doing… Over the years I have learned what works, and what doesn’t… I am constantly fine tuning and reconfiguring what I want my business to be, and what I want to achieve… The process has been far from easy, and I have been humbled many times along the way… I’ve had to ask for help and be open to criticism and critiques, even when I thought what I was doing was the right thing… As I continue to evolve as a healer and business owner, I am learning just what it is that I want to share with the world through the products I create, the messages I offer, and the healing work I do… Although it may shift a bit, my message is always one of inclusion, activisim, mental and emotional wellness, all shared in ways and price points that are attainable for everyone…
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?
Well, I’m kind of jaded when it comes to L.A., so I spend any social time, especially these days, up north, or in the desert.. But, if I had to stay local, I would take her to some great spots to eat, shop and hang on the Westside… We would start at Hilltop Coffe + Kitchen for some amazing coffee and breakfast, then walk around looking at some of the shops nearby in Inglewood… Then I would head to the Peace Awareness Labyrinth for some relaxation in the gardens, and end the day for drinks and dinner at Alta Adams… I have many other suggestions, but since I haven’t done much in the last year but quarantine, that’s what came to mind of things I miss…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, any and every success I’ve had is due to the amazing support and love of my Mother… She was a single Mom, raising me, and running a successful travel agency, while holding it all down on her own… She is why I’ve always been an activist, fighting for not just equality and the rights of others, but to call out injustices when I saw them.. That was why she moved us out of the South, when I was young… I owe everything to her… If there was one other person or mentor, I would like to give a huge shout out to, it is Ashe Kelly-Brown, the creator and co-owner of Pura Luna Apothecary in Santa Barbara… She has always supported my work, Essence line, and personal journey of healing, from the moment I met her… She has inspired and guided me to make certain choices, to rebrand, and to always trust my own instincts and intuition, along the way… What she and Christin have created, is a business model I look to, and am continually inspired by… Ashe is an amazing woman and I am honored to call her not just my mentor, but also my friend…