ReVersa Rose Owner Reflects On Trip With A Grand Opening Coming | Newspaper
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Losing her job amid the pandemic, Marissa Morris found her calling in a twist of fate, one that brought ReVersa Rose Skincare to German Street and helps the owner help others.
“I think it was a vocation. I really do. It was a spiritual thing, ”Morris said. “I kept going into my room and bought a bottle of Rosehip Oil from Ulta. I kept coming back to my room, ‘Why do I keep looking at that bottle of rose hips?’ It happened four or five times, and I was like, “OK, this is getting a little weird.” I was like, ‘Maybe I should try to make it.’ “
It was right before the COVID-19 days, but that little moment helped Morris land where she is now, as ReVersa Rose prepares for her big opening event.
Glancing around her shop at the products she’s made herself – 100% natural, vegan and organic skin and hair care – Morris took a break to reflect on how far we’ve come since those early days. , by making only rosehip oil.
“The pandemic struck and my work in Frederick was obsolete at the time,” she said. “The company went bankrupt, so I didn’t have a job back. At this point I had a few more products than I was making, I started doing scrubs and oils, moisturizers, hair and beard oils. It was a very small line. Come to think of it, it’s like ‘Wow’ because there is so much more now.
From this single oil, ReVersa Rose was born in November 2019, selling only online. Morris officially opened its location in Shepherdstown in August 2020, slowly expanding its range over time, now offering everything from scrubs and shea butter to beard and hair oils.
Landing at its current location began with a fateful walk along German Street.
“I was walking around here in Shepherdstown, trying to see if anyone would give me the opportunity to be part of their store,” she said, gesturing to Meditative Medicinals across the street. “I remember walking this whole street. No one was interested. I got to the end, and they say, “Have you tried this CBD store? I walked in there, and she was the only one.
Samantha Savoca, owner of Meditative Medicinals, began wearing Morris’ products after requesting that she infuse CBD. From there, the partnership blossomed, with Meditative Medicines being the brick and mortar home of ReVersa Rose until Savoca took another walk with Morris.
“One day she walked me up here and said, ‘You can do that,'” Morris said, adding that she was scared but had to take the leap. “Here I am opening a store during the pandemic, and it was really amazing. There was a lot of support from the community.
Slowly the space became more and more a reflection of Morris’s personality and brand, a comfortable and welcoming space with funky accents.
“Now I feel like it’s finally falling into place, and it’s really comfortable. It’s my space,” she said.
Morris has also broadened his mindset for the business, focusing on options for different needs and working to meet all skin and hair types, needs and goals.
Although Morris never thought she would be in this particular business, she knew her destiny lay somewhere in health and wellness, originally believing that she would be in the fitness business and of nutrition. Ultimately, her heart knows that’s where she’s meant to be.
“I never thought I would be doing skin care, beauty, none of that, but I think at the end of the day, I’ve always enjoyed helping people,” Morris said. “When I moved from North Carolina, I left a really bad situation. My family lives here and I lived there for about five or six years alone. I come in this state and I’m like, ‘Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? I have so much inspiration and so much determination and motivation. What did I want to put this in? I guess that was it.
The trip was scary, watching other businesses shut down around her, unsure if she would survive the pandemic in the storefront, but each step made her stronger as she focused on the providing the quality products she loves and connecting with customers on a personal level.
“I was scared honestly,” Morris said. “When I didn’t have a job and I’m doing this on the side, I’m like, ‘Is this going to work? Every day I would wake up and try to market. I went on Twitter, Instagram, I contacted people. Every day, I said to myself, “Am I going to be able to survive this pandemic? I constantly saw stores closing here and closing in Charles Town. “What will make me survive this?” I think when it all comes down to it, most of the time when someone comes shopping at a small business, they come because they like you, because you are building a relationship with someone. I feel like it’s more important than anything else.
A friendly and caring personality who creates an instant connection, Morris is the epitome of his brand, always with the intention of helping. It is this mindset that now leads her to give back to others, offering storefront space to other small business owners in the same way Savoca has done for her.
“I want to be able to believe in people the way someone believed in me because that goes a long way,” Morris said. “You could be that stepping stone to help someone reach that next level like she was for me.
“I’m really, really proud of myself, but I don’t want to settle down. I always push myself to hit more goals to see what other products I can make, other types of skin problem fixes that I could solve naturally.
Naturalness will always be at the center of ReVersa Rose, with Morris knowing firsthand how certain products from top brands can have the opposite effect of what they are intended for. She thought back to her youth, using a main product that burned her skin and made her peel while Morris battled acne.
“I had no idea about any type of skin care so I would say throughout my personal lifestyle I try to eat pretty healthy I try to watch what I put in my body “she said. “I think the same thing also happens when it comes to putting things on your skin. If a child can’t use something, then why should we use it? “
Noting how beautiful each product is, all derived from natural ingredients, she added, “Less is more, and it’s really amazing how Earth’s medicine can really help fuel us. Different oils do different things for different skin types.
ReVersa Rose is located at 124 W. German St., as well as online at www.reversarose.com. Morris will hold a grand grand opening on June 12 at the store front starting at noon, with refreshments and live music from Morris Morris.