By Tracey Porpora
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Meet the mother-daughter duo who put their heads together to come up with a venture that would be both profitable and enjoyable.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.
Although they are years apart in age, the mother-daughter team of Kathleen and Elizabeth Hemmerle found themselves in the same place, at the same point in their lives.
“We both wanted more,” said the younger Hemmerle, Elizabeth.
At the time, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with her daughter, Ella Rae, had just left her job in the skincare industry — and Kathleen had been laid-off from a job in the retail industry.
“I knew it was time to dive into something more meaningful. I wanted to show my daughter you can make something of yourself without having to work for someone else. And, all at the same time, do something you love and make a difference in someone else’s life,” said Elizabeth.
That’s when the pair put their heads together to come up with a venture that would be both profitable and enjoyable.
After Elizabeth’s baby shower, the idea came to both of them at the same time.
“Back in October for my baby shower, my mother and sister made handmade soaps as favors. Afterward, my mom came to me and said, ‘Let’s start making soaps, and see if we can sell them’,” recalled Elizabeth.
“We had a bunch of ‘earthy’ gift wrapping and packaging that my mom had collected through the years but never used, and that’s what we wrapped our first batch in,” she said.
After the first soaps were made in February, there was no looking back for the two entrepreneurs.
“From there, we made body scrubs and then started working on skincare. … It [Dragonfly Apothecary] really happened before our eyes, and we sometimes feel like we are living a dream. We just love natural beauty, and it’s in our nature to share that with others,” said Elizabeth, noting they operate the business from their Prince’s Bay home.