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Seven Flowers of Luxury

By Emma Vallelunga (DoNorth/Emma Vallelunga) Blossoming Natural Cosmetics in the North Country On the Cumberland Head peninsula, Lizzie Boolukos creates luxury. She mixes natural ingredients with a childhood idea of beauty and the dream of perfect skin. Boolukos is an entrepreneur behind a growing skincare and haircare line: Seven Flowers of Luxury. She is also owner of Beehive Beauty Salon in Plattsburgh. She sees salon clients six days a week, but still finds the time to make her product—all in the comfort of her home-based salon. Since she was teenager in the ’70s, Boolukos loved to experiment with anything from…

Lady Ink

By Annika Campbell Women With a Permanent Touch Kristen Neverett-Brown was a mental health, drug and alcohol counselor when she walked into a tattoo parlor to get her first tattoo. Flash forward about 30 years, and now she’s an established tattoo artist with her own shop: In Living Color. Neverett-Brown decided to pursue her career as an artist years ago while she and a friend were examining their new tattoos outside a shop. Her friend said to her, “You know, you can do this, and you could be nicer about it.” This advice kickstarted the next phase of her life.…

Good Vibrations

Relaxing with a Reiki Master The room smells of lemongrass. Someone is lying on a padded table, hands hovering close, almost cradling their head. They are breathing deeply as Guadalupe Vanderhorst Rodriguez feels the person’s chakras surge with energy. She is performing Reiki. She taps into the client’s feelings and anxieties and, with the power of Reiki, tries to release their burdens while making connections with the past. Reiki is a Japanese treatment of body, mind and spirit to reduce stress, promote relaxation and aid healing. It is administered by a Reiki master laying hands over a person and sensing…

Bridal & Beyond

Dresses, Shoes and Tuxes too Laura’s Bridal is in the business of transformations. Here, brides-to-be find dresses that are simply classic or extraordinarily elaborate. Owners Lonnie and Laura Cross have created a wedding oasis in the North Country that will surely lead to bridal bliss. Located at 494 Route 3 in Plattsburgh, Laura’s Bridal sells wedding attire as well as prom dresses and tuxedos. Established in 1989, the bridal shop has since bloomed into a well-known destination for wedding necessities. After graduating college, Lonnie Cross left his home state of Vermont for an opportunity in New York City to work…