I'm Kris Haas, writer, educator, and founder of The Botanica Boutique. I live in Maplewood with my husband, 10-year-old son, husky, and two cats. The Botanica Boutique was born during a time when the world seemed to stop. It took this stopping for me to realize what I wanted and what I really needed. The pandemic had my anxiety, which I've struggled with all of my life, going through the roof. I discovered that one of the problems was that I wasn't making time for myself. I began my search for some relief and found that plant-based products and CBD helped a lot – it helped me think, sleep, and just manage my anxiety day-to-day. It soon became apparent that many people were having similar experiences. That's when it happened! The idea for The Botanica Boutique was born. I felt I needed to create a space where I could share the knowledge that I've gained and the high-quality, plant-based products that I love. This business also allows me to do something else I love - connecting with people. I offer virtual, personalized consultations and will deliver product samples to you, so that I can match you with a product that fits perfectly with who you are and what you're looking for. Self-care isn't selfish - it's essential.