Ferndale’s Green Daffodil: Celebrating 10 Years “Above Ground”
“I’ve got a 3-month-old baby,” she said, “and we like to be outdoors. But mosquitoes and bugs make it a challenge, especially since I have to be so wary of chemicals but still need an effective bug deterrent for our skin.”
“Luckily,” she continued, “through a friend, I learned about Green Daffodil and their all-natural bug spray with lemon-eucalyptus oil – which the C.D.C. says is as effective as D.E.E.T.!”
ANNE SIMONETTI & SIOUXSAN MILLER
Located on the east side of Livernois, south of Nine Mile in Ferndale, the shop, its sidewalk lined with blooming plants and flowers, has free street parking, a welcoming table with a lit candle and sample bottle of silky, fragrant lotion and, inside, Green Daffodil’s amiable owners: Anne Simonetti and Siouxsan Miller.
“We started as neighbors who both have a retail and art background and have always loved good candles,” Siouxsan says. “We decided to make the best soy candle we possibly could, though now we have so many other items!”
“But now that we were out of the basement and ‘above ground,’” Siouxsan says, “people wanted to come and shop. And even though we are not in downtown Ferndale, we definitely have evolved into a shopping destination.”
The store, bright with lime-green walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, is charmingly stocked with unique and affordable items from all over the country: one-of-a-kind wallets, purses, aprons, table linens, and greeting cards; tableware, jewelry, pottery, and novelty gifts.
But the heart of the business remains the creation of the soy candles, bar soaps, lip balms, lotions, room mists, and roll-on essential oils that “the Green Daffodil Girls” lovingly make in small, hand-poured batches.
The shop now produces two lines of candles in additional to their original Green Daffodil brand.
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“My husband tends to use our ‘Wick & Rosie’ candles,” Anne shares. “They have certain blends that are more complex, and as they burn the scent is enriched.”
They’ve also developed vintage-style Top Shelf candles, inspired by cocktails and high-end liquors, with names like Mojito, Rum and Coke, Whiskey Sour.
“The fragrances are pure and true,” Siouxsan adds. “If it says ‘lemon verbena,’ it smells like lemon verbena. And lilac smells exactly like the bush that blooms in your yard.”
Customers are always delighted with the product selection, which changes seasonally.
“And this fall, we’ll be re-starting our Candle Pour Parties,” Anne says, “for socializing with your own food and drinks and making your own soy candle to celebrate a birthday, a shower, a bachelorette party, or just a girls’ night out.”
“Another fun thing we have,” says Siouxsan, “is our ‘recipe box registry,’ where people can note a store item they’d love to receive as a gift.”
“We have customers who say, ’I don’t need to use the registry. Anything that I received from here, I would love!’ “
“And that’s when Anne and I know we’ve really done our job.”