We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Kinzer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

I started Bergamot & Sunshine because I wanted to create a brand that specialized in clean, fun products that brought joy to others. I chose the name Bergamot & Sunshine because bergamot is an essential oil known for reducing stress and creating a positive mood. Also, sunshine because I was born and raised in the Sunshine state.

At first, my focus was on creating essential oil blends. During the pandemic, I started researching the amount of toxins and chemicals that are in many of the products we use daily. I began converting myself to a non-toxic lifestyle! I was very passionate about educating other via social media, specifically Instagram. I would post my homemade oil items, soaps, hair products, allergy/insect bite remedies. It was a more holistic approach, and no chemicals! It was a huge hit! This is where I began connecting with other small business owners online and found an amazing community of likeminded individuals.

I joined other small business owner in discussion, and we noticed a common theme. Customers loved our items but wanted more customized products without the big company price tags or bulk orders. I began doing research and started focusing more on offering customized items for small business owners. Once I became successful in customized items (such as branded merchandise, shipping stickers, etc.) I began to expand my product line. Today, Bergamot & Sunshine creates apparel and drinkware that focus on bringing joy and happiness to others. My designs focus on florals, books, and coffee. I still work closely with creating customized products to small business owners. I collaborate with several local small business owners in the St. Pete area to offer customized wholesale products that fit their brand and their audience.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most important factor behind the success of my brand is creating quality products at a reasonable price that bring joy to others. I love working with other local small business owners to create wholesale products that their audience will love. My slogan is sip coffee, seek kindness, and spread good vibes. These are core principles not only for my business but in my personal life as well. Kindness can go a long way and I believe it is important to treat others the way you want to be treated. I created Bergamot & Sunshine to spread kindness and bring joy to others through my products.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the St. Pete area I would take them to all of my favorite small businesses! I would take them first to Blush Tea and Coffee. Their pumpkin spices latte and s’mores latte are my absolute favorite! Then we would stop by Lida’s Jungle to check out all her plants. She has an entire gift room in her store too featuring local small business owners! Next, we would go to Tombolo Books (I love indie bookstores)! Lastly, we would end the day at Book + Bottle (their chai tea latte is my absolute favorite)!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have had the courage to launch Bergamot & Sunshine if it wasn’t for the encouragement from my friends and family. I owe my success to all of our customers, online and local community, friends, and family.

Website: www.bergamotsunshine.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bergamot_sunshine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BERGAMOTSUNSHINE

Other: Tik Tok – https://www.tiktok.com/@bergamot_sunshine Google Review – https://g.page/r/CbkAVZ7pxZlREAI/review

Image Credits
1st photo with half human half coffee sweatshirt – Katie Hauburger Photography

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