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Bubble & Bee Organic

Bubble & Bee Organic

Courtesy of Bubble & Bee Organic

There are signs of the past scattered throughout Salt Lake’s popular Trolley Square center. The old red brick lined with beige sandstone is hardly crumbling after more than a century, thanks to a recent makeover. Clearly, the building has been a fixture in the SLC scene for some time. Back in the mid 1800s, the square was a cultural center for early pioneers, and decades later it was the site of a massive car-barn complex. But today, Trolley Square serves as an enchanting shopping and dining complex that locals love and visitors crave.

Heavy walls that once housed more than 100 trolley cars now hold unique stores and boutiques. Before you overwhelm yourself with all that Trolley Square has to offer, dip into the gleaming, glass-walled shop called Bubble & Bee Organic. Much like Trolley Square, this beloved shop has an alluring history:

Stephanie Greenwood followed her chemistry obsession to the University of Utah, where she made the frightening discovery of harmful ingredients in not one but all of her favorite bath and beauty products. The science geek-turned-entrepreneur decided to do something about the worrisome finding, so she immediately got to work creating a line of organic products made with simple ingredients. And once Greenwood met up with her business partner, Steve Thomas, her tiny venture took flight.

The duo came up a clever product line paired with inventive packaging and an easy-to-navigate website, which led to recognition in popular magazines and even an appearance on NBC’s Today Show. Finally, Greenwood’s wholesome products landed in the hands of the masses.

It wasn’t long before a store opened up in Trolley Square, featuring the buzzworthy line of Bubble & Bee products.

The string of delicious B&B products feature “no bad stuff,” making it hard to pick a favorite. Here are our top five:

1.    Pit Putty, or deodorant for those unfamiliar with B&B’s clever names, comes in wonderful scents, such as lemongrass rosemary and geranium lime. 
2.    Lotion Sticks are a fabulous invention for on-the-go moisturizing. Ingredients such as sweet almond oil, beeswax and cocoa butter (all organic) leave your skin velvety smooth.
3.    Bug Bee Gone (100 percent organic insect repellent) is extremely effective and free of harsh chemical smells.
4.    People love B&B’s line of organic Lip Balm, which comes in wonderful non-synthetic flavors, such as apple, peppermint and root beer.
5.    The B&B Shampoo is made with simple ingredients that leave strands silky sans the chemicals that damage with time.

Other Trolley Square places of interest:
Bastille (801-456-0330) sells designer European shoes you’ll adore.
Haroon’s (801-322-5331) is stocked with eclectic women’s clothing and accessories.
Desert Edge Brewery (801-521-8917) is the perfect place to grab a microbrew (we recommend the Happy Valley Hefeweisen) and tasty bite after a long day of shopping at Trolley Square.

Bubble & Bee, Trolley Square, on the corner of 600 South and 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-560-7899

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