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Soaps, scrubs and shampoo are just a few of the handmade products for sale at the new Samora Naturals.
“We focus on quality ingredients, so when people buy from Samora Naturals, they don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals,” said Shawna Moses. “If you have sensitive skin, you should not have an issue because all of our products are made with natural ingredients.”
Shawna and Junior Moses started Kinky Tresses to sell ethnic hair products online, but business boomed and they soon started looking for a brick-and-mortar location. The couple bought 108 Tarboro St. W. from the city of Wilson in May and soon began construction to transform the former office into manufacturing and retail space for their expanded range of products.
“Part of the reason we couldn’t open for the Whirligig Festival was our e-commerce business was booming, and Black Friday is our busiest time of the year,” Junior Moses said. “It was like triple our normal sales, and we couldn’t keep up with demand.”
The new manufacturing space allowed the duo to hold true to their commitment to making small batches, but with improved efficiency.
“Our Kinky Tresses customers have been excited and waiting for the expanded product lines,” Shawna Moses said.
Coconut mango hair butter is the most popular Kinky Tresses product, she said, but there are plenty of new Samora Naturals products folks are sure to love.
“My favorite product is the Coffee Lovers coffee scrub that you can use on your face and body,” she said. “If you love coffee, you’re going to love it. It is absolutely amazing.”
The couple plans to continue to develop new products, including for all hair types. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
“I feel like we’re bringing something different to downtown,” Shawna Moses said. “I’m happy to bring something that isn’t here and add to the energy from other great businesses that have opened like Tig’s and Treat Yo’ Self Bakery.”
Wilson’s newest antique and gift shop, Something Old Something New, has added treats for dogs, including small birthday cakes for pups.
Owner Robert Hignite said he hopes to add treats for cats soon, but the reception from customers to the dog treats has been positive. The shop at 406 Nash St. NE also offers a wide variety of pet-themed giftables, including birthday hats and crowns as well as collars.
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