Meet Gillian Smith
Lillooet has an active community and Gillian enjoys events such as Seedy Saturday, International Women’s Day, Earth Day, as well as attending the Lillooet Farmer’s Market, Lillooet’s annual SPCA Christmas Craft Fair and Salmon in the Canyon celebrations. Gillian likes to dance, practice Nia, listen to music, observe and be in nature and play in the garden. She also enjoys colouring, reading, playing board and card games with family, gathering with friends and hanging out with her horses, dog and cat.
Lillooet is a particularly friendly town where you are greeted at the post office, grocery store, library or walking down the street. “People in small towns tend to be happier, friendlier and more able to smile at strangers, who quickly become familiar faces and friends,” said Gillian, “there is a sense of community here, that we are all part of something special and a sense that we would all do anything to help each other if and when need be.”
Gillian and her husband came to the outskirts of Lillooet to raise their son in a place where there is “clean air, clean water, clean soil, away from pollution and noise and city lights, where there is a feeling of community.” The land in Lillooet was also very affordable and with the help of many people Gillian’s husband was able to build the family’s straw bale earth plaster dream home.
Gillian points out that there is a great sense of pride in Lillooet and especially within the local business community. She is noticing more small businesses opening up and she admires their entrepreneurial spirit and confidence. Small businesses such as the Lillooet Wellness Centre, DeOro Coffee Lounge and the Little Gallery are some of her favourite local businesses. She also likes Abundance Artisan Bakery, Splitrock Environmental Sekw’el’was, Twisted Screens and Creative Haven.
Beneficial. Dynamic. Caring.
Gillian’s Herbs is owned and operated by Gillian herself, a herbalist specializing in herbal medicine. Her products are created from organically grown and ethically wild-crafted herbs from local sources wherever possible. Gillian creates a wide variety of high-quality herbal skin care products for the whole family as well as aromatherapy products for health and well-being and a few healthy condiments for your eating pleasure. “I grow the vast majority of the herbs used in my products right here at home in the mountains where we are homesteading a large old meadow using permaculture and organic standards,” said Gillian, “I also wild-craft a lot of herbs locally and afar, practicing ethical and ecological principles.”
Gillian’s Herbs has been operating successfully since 1994. Gillian is proud that she started her business with one herbal skin salve and is now producing and shipping over 100 different products to satisfied customers worldwide. Gillian acknowledges her local client base and is grateful for the ongoing support of local friends, family and customers. Gillian appreciates doing business in a small town because the word of mouth recommendations are such effective and appreciated advertising.
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