Sometimes after a long week at work, you just need a little pampering. Salt + Peak, a new boutique in downtown Flagstaff has you covered.
The shop is lightly scented with the smell of handmade soaps, bath salts, lotions and candles. The walls are covered with Arizona and Flagstaff arts and crafts, including handmade signs and adorable T-shirts for kids and adults. Tables are covered with canvas makeup bags, mugs, napkins and water bottles with cute sayings. It’s the perfect place to pick up a quick gift and a sassy card for yourself or a good friend.
Salt + Peak owner Erica Borunda opened the shop in June. She named the shop after her two favorite things, the mountains and the sea.
“I love supporting local artists,” she said. “I try to keep everything local to Arizona or Flagstaff.”
Borunda is an artist herself. She started hand painting signs and prints several years ago, shortly before her son was born.
“I couldn’t find what I was looking for to decorate his room, so I ended up making it myself,” she said.
She continued making signs and prints for family and friends and then expanded to selling items on the craft website Etsy. Then she branched out into handmade soaps, lotions and candles.
“I got so successful that I had to shut down the (Etsy) shop,” she said. She couldn’t keep up with the demand.
Borunda said she’s always had the mindset of seeing if she could make her own products. It gives her peace of mind and a feeling of accomplishment to know exactly what’s in her soaps and other items.
All of her handmade products are made with natural ingredients without some of the nasty chemicals you might find in conventional bath and beauty products. The shop also has a website and ships products nationwide.
It’s only recently that she’s had the opportunity to move into a storefront. She’s been keeping an eye out for a small storefront since her family moved to Flagstaff last year. Borunda said she is very familiar with Flagstaff -- she’s a graduate of Northern Arizona University -- and moving back to the mountain town is a dream come true for her.
An opportunity opened up when a friend on Facebook announced that she was looking for someone to kind of take over her storefront, Fizzy Bella.
“It was just good timing for both of us,” she said.
Salt + Peak also sells some Fizzy Bella products, so if you need a fix you should be able to find some items there.