Walk into Sea Salt Cottage and glance to your left, and there is a cabinet full of clear glass jars of all sizes holding an abundance of colorful, flavor-infused sea salts.
Labels placed on each jar show that the salts smell like hickory wood, garlic or espresso beans. Others show that the sea salts come from far-off places like the lava beds of Hawaii or from a tiny island off the coast of Japan.
There is even a sea salt known as the “Fleur de Sel” — French for the “flower of salt” — that is considered to be a delicacy, as far as salts go.
Venture further back into the store and along the same wall is another brightly lit wooden cabinet with giant glass jars of bath salts.
You can choose any scent you like, from a comforting blend of beige-colored “oatmeal and honey” salts that smell like homemade cookies to bright green salts, aptly named “rainforest” for their refreshing scent.
Sea Salt Cottage, which opened May 1 on School Street, is the only store in Lodi that specializes in distinctly flavored sea salts and uniquely scented bath salts.
“Sea salt has so many healing qualities for your body,” said owner Raychel Hug-Lusk. “It doesn’t just help enhance your flavor of food. It helps things like your skin and your digestive tract as well.”
But Sea Salt Cottage does not just provide a nearly infinite variety of smells and flavors of sea salts.
The boutique also houses various items that include jewelry, holiday decorations, cards and body oils that are either pre-made, or, if a scent you want is not available, Hug-Lusk will be glad to make it for you.
There is even a mud that has been shipped in directly from the Dead Sea that can be used as a face mask, and according to Hug-Lusk, it is flying off the shelves.
Hug-Lusk said the store has something for everyone, which she believes is a good option for the community since Lakewood Drugs on Ham Lane closed its doors four years ago.
By mid-October, Sea Salt Cottage will also feature a soap bar where customers can make their own soaps.
The boutique, run by Hug-Lusk and her husband, Andrew Lusk, is what Hug-Lusk likes to call a “mom-and-pop health and wellness boutique.”
“It’s something different,” she said. “And even in the tough economy, we are doing alright. My kids help out, my friends help out, and we are trying to help others stay well.”
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