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Making it local: Walking on Sunshine highlights Kentucky artisans in new location

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

Walking on Sunshine Wellnes Spa & Shoppe wants you to know they haven’t closed. They’ve simply moved to a new location – one that allows them to more fully meet the needs of the clients they serve. 

The new shop is on the corner of Main Street and Hord Street, across from the circuit court house. The new location, co-owner Pamela Howard explained, gives them more room for the various spa services they provide while also expanding the space available for locally and regionally produced artisanal goods. 

“Everything is Kentucky made,” Howard said of the location’s Artisans Room. “There are bowls made from Kentucky trees, locally made baskets woven by Kentucky artisans, and silver and glass jewelry items made by Ken Beck.” 

The bowls are made by Kentucky artist Glenn Wilder, she explained, while other items are made by an artists collective known as the Willow Barn. Other items include cross-stitch from Cherie Caulley, and “Crazy Daisy” masks, including masks in children and toddler sizes, made by locally by Whitney Carroll. 

Howard said she loved the masks, which come in plan fabric varieties as well as with pockets for an additional filter, because of the wire placed inside the mask around the nose area. She said it helped seal the mask, so that her glasses didn’t fog up as badly. Carroll will also take orders for custom masks using any material the person commissioning the mask likes. Some of her custom creations have included those featuring the logos of various branches of the armed services for active duty military and veterans. 

The Artisans Room also features skin care and beauty products, both Walking on Sunshine’s own branded items produced in house, as well as soaps, scrubs, and natural bug repellants from Wood & Flower. Other items, either behind the counter or in the Artisans Room, include aromatherapy tools, CBD products, essential oils and blends, herba tinctures, local honey, lip balms, lotions, scrubs, soaps, silver jewelry, and stones and minerals. 

Howard said the larger space also really helps expand the spa experience. In addition to the services they already provided, like massage therapy, reiki, parafin hand treatments, makeup application, facials and other skin care services, and reflexology, they have added a new “sugar based spray tan,” that Howard said has been very popular. 

The only service they aren’t currently providing is hypnotherapy service, Howard explained, because the person certified to provide that service can’t perform it while wearing a mask. All other services, however, are still available, though appointments may be required for some specialty services. Ionic foot detoxes and other treatments, like reflexology, can be provided by any staff member and are available as walk-in services.  

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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