Burgess Hill: Alchemy’s new wellness gift shop opens on former barbers site

Sophie Boulderstone, 42, opened Alchemy at 10 Cyprus Road on Saturday June 11.

The store sells handmade herbs, lotions, potions and candles and currently has a ceramic art installation in the window.

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Sophie said: “The products I make are 100% natural because I don’t like preservatives myself.

Sophie Boulderstone at Alchemy in Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

“We have floral waters and I do blends of facial oils, which are really for people who don’t want to put ‘nasties’ on their skin.”

Sophie, who lives in Bolney, said her plants are particularly good at cleaning the air of toxins and mould.

Its herbal teas are full of minerals and can be good for helping people sleep or wake up naturally.

Sophie said she also wraps her gifts in recycled eco-wrapping.

Alchemy isn’t the first Sussex business Sophie has owned.

She said: ‘I had a cafe in Ditchling before, and before that many years ago I had a store in Brighton.

“I was trying to sell online, but I’m much more of a ‘meet people in person’ person. I like to chat with people, I like to put things together and make beautiful window displays and I’m very happy in a store, especially one like this which is very pretty.

Sophie said the recent renovations were difficult as she had to “bring everything to a blank canvas” before redecorating. This involved removing sinks, mirrors, hardboard and vinyl from the floors, plasterboard from the walls and redoing the ceilings.

Sophie said: “When I knocked down all the plasterboard and ceilings I found this beautiful old tongue-in-groove paneling, so I laid it all out, sanded it down and painted it.”

She also laid old “eye-catching” tiles.

In addition to her retail business, Sophie does graphic design work and builds websites from her office in the back of the store. She also sells gifts online but loves working in Burgess Hill itself.

She said: “A lot of people stopped by and everyone was incredibly friendly.”

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