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Apothecary business opens in Norge

Much of Bates’ products are made based off her learned skills over time, but she will also have books and manuals on hand to help her put together products. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Green Cauldron Apothecary)
Much of Bates’ products are made based off her learned skills over time, but she will also have books and manuals on hand to help her put together products. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Green Cauldron Apothecary)

A new business — but one tracing hundreds of years back in history — has opened in Williamsburg.

Green Cauldron Apothecary is now open at 7191 Richmond Road, Suite B in Norge, selling salves, balms, herbs and other custom-designed homeopathic remedies.

Apothecary owner Amanda Bates opened the business on-schedule Tuesday, according to a post on the Green Cauldron Apothecary’s Facebook page.

“It’s here, opening day is here! [I]t’s been so exciting seeing you all already this morning!” the post read.

The business will be getting new items on the shelves throughout its first week, including items such as Green Cauldron Burn Balm for burns, cuts and hangnails, according to the post.

In August, Bates told WYDaily her upbringing in Maine around her mother and grandmother made her accustomed to seeing jars of herbs and roots around the kitchen. She also grew up using homeopathic remedies.

As an adult, Williamsburg resident and mother, Bates has put that knowledge to good use. She made products for her friends and family before deciding to open Green Cauldron.

Part of the apothecary’s business involves making custom products for customers who desire a particular combination of herbs or oils in a certain type of product. 

And, if a customer asks for something Bates doesn’t know how to do, she has books on hand to lend expert opinions.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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