WILKES-BARRE — Denise Ogurkis of 3girlsoils says “it’s time to get oiling.”
Now what exactly does that mean?
On her website, Ogurkis offers this:
”Let’s say you wish you had more energy, a little extra pep. Or you wish to smooth the appearance of your skin, or be able to unwind more easily after a long day. Perhaps you’re imagining a more abundant life with richer, more intense experiences. Maybe all of the above. Picture yourself in the future with your life transformed as if your goal has already been achieved. Really, pause and take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine that future as if it has already happened. How does that feel?”
Ogurkis is operating a second, temporary location of her business in downtown Wilkes-Barre — one of 12 local small businesses participating in the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops program. The pop-ups are located at Midtown Village, 41 South Main St., for the holidays, through Saturday, Dec. 16.
The pop-up program is being held via a partnership among the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the PPL Foundation and the Insalaco Development Group.
Asked why she decided to get into the oiling business, Ogurkis said she wanted to help others achieve their goals with the tools the business has provided her.
Ogurkis explained that essential oils have enriched lives since ancient times, with a range of benefits from culinary, cosmetic and dietary purposes to religious and spiritual use.
Ogurkis said the best essential oils are sourced from plants, trees, flowers and more through meticulous steam distillation, cold pressing and resin extraction. The oils are potent, robust and pure, she said.
The name 3girlsoils refers to Ogurkis and her two daughters.
Ogurkis said she will host classes at different venues — her home, other people’s homes, businesses and vendor events — to educate people about the oils. She said she “tiptoed” into the business in June 1016 and decided to enter it “full blown” in November.
She said the oils can be used topically, diffused in a diffuser, or by ingestion by drinking them with water, tea, honey or through supplements.
At her Pop-Up Shop display, Ogurkis said she has diffusing jewelry, oily goodies/products, lavender linen and pillow spray, bath salts, hand sanitizers, shampoos/conditioners and body soaps.
She said she wanted to participate in the Holiday Pop-Up Shop program because she wants to be a part of the movement to make Wilkes-Barre looked upon as the shopping place to be.
“There are two colleges downtown, many businesses with employees — the downtown should be the place to go for shopping,” Ogurkis said. “When I was young, I would come downtown with my mom. As I see it, downtown should be a place with great shops, great eateries, in a safe environment. I wanted to get down there to show people it is safe and to promote Wilkes-Barre.”
Ogurkis said the Pop-Up Shop program is one of the most exciting programs the Chamber has done to promote the downtown.