Two new businesses in downtown Bangor — one that’s already open and another that’s opening in just a few weeks — both focus on natural options for health, wellness and beauty.
Pure & Simple Herbal Apothecary, at 10 Harlow St., offers an array of herbs, spices, essential oils, baby supplies, body care and other natural products.
The Noble Root Salon, set to open the first week of April at 31 Main St., is a hair salon that offers products and treatments from Aveda, an organic and natural cosmetics company.
Pure & Simple is owned by Terry Hall, a Bangor native whose family owns several other downtown Bangor businesses, including Cornerstone Barbershop and Grass Roots of Maine, the latter of which is next door to Pure & Simple. Hall has been fascinated by natural remedies for decades, and three years ago became a licensed herbalist, studying with Waterville-based naturopath Nathaniel Petley.
Though she offers a wide array of natural and organic products, Hall’s specialty is in handmade herbal remedies, which she creates from her old-fashioned apothecary-style countertop in the shop.
“I just want to help people that want to try to live a more natural lifestyle,” Hall said. “We’re going to offer classes so people can learn how to make remedies themselves as well.”
The Noble Root Salon is owned by Aaron Curtis and James Riherd, both Bangor natives and partners who have each spent more than a decade in hair salons all over the country. Curtis and Riherd studied at Aveda Institutes and later became instructors at Aveda Institutes in Arizona. After moving back to Maine in 2015, both worked at a number of salons in Bangor, including most recently at Lotus Salon & Spa.
“Opening my own salon has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Curtis said. “When I was young we used to drive down Main Street in Bangor. At the time there was an amazing salon already there. I used to tell my mom that one day I would work there.”
The Noble Root is located at 31 Main St., formerly the location of Specialty Sweets Downtown, which closed in January. Curtis and Riherd plan to maintain the second-floor events space, offering it for general-purpose rentals as well as for wedding parties. They expect to be open for business by the first week of April.