It took a global pandemic for Dartmouth’s Amanda Alcaidinho to follow her passion.
“I’ve always been drawn to crystals and energy work,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to get into making my own stuff because I buy it all the time. When COVID happened, I had all of this free time. I started making home-based organic body products with my mom (Debbie Alcaidinho) in July.”
That’s how 3GenLove was born.
“It just took off,” said Alcaidinho, whose business has expanded from her kitchen to a 1,200-square foot space on the second floor at Kilburn Mill. “We saw the space and it fit perfectly.”
Alcaidinho’s product line includes soaps, scrubs, sprays, candles and chakra items that contain specific oils related to the seven main energy centers in the body.
“It’s an awakening for your body,” she said.
A grand opening for 3GenLove is scheduled from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 3 and Alcaidinho is excited to provide a unique experience for customers.
“It’s all about calming, relaxing and healing,” she said. “It will keep that zen and spiritual healing throughout the whole space.”
Alcaidinho has other small businesses joining her in the space to become a one-stop destination for health and healing.
“It’s going to be a little bit of everything,” she said, adding that there will be a tarot card reader, a reiki (energy healing) therapist and a massage therapist in addition to hosting yoga classes and do-it-yourself classes.
“I’ve always been a supporter of small businesses,” said Alcaidinho, who works as a medical lab tech. “This is giving them a space they need.”
New Bedford’s Heather Roy jumped at the opportunity to join Alcaidinho with her growing homemade jewelry business.
“There are so many cool things in that spot,” said Roy, who owns Sage and Stone. “There are going to be so many local businesses and artists. It should be great.”
Roy, a stay-at-home mom the past four years, only started making jewelry during the pandemic.
“A friend of mine had given me an invite to South Coast Stash and Dash,” she said. “I’m not much of an artist but I thought I could make brackets. It came down to me going to Michaels and picking up strings and beads and teaching myself off YouTube. That’s how it started.”
The more jewelry Roy stashed, the more interest she got from the community. She’s expanded her collection to include wire wrapped stones and crystals.
“I got so many messages from people,” she said. “I started making more and selling more and more. I didn’t have any plans to do anything permanent.
“I worked in retail when I was younger and I never thought I would have my own store. This is such a surreal place to be in.”
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