Q&A With: Owner Tara Miko of Happy Hemp

Who? Tara Miko
What? Happy Hemp
When? 2011
Where? HOPE Farmers Market and SFC Farmers Market Downtown
Why? Tara worked in the fashion industry in a super stressful job and eventually got laid off after 10 years. She lost her health insurance and all the comfort that comes along with being employed. After this happened she became stressed out, wasn’t happy and noticed she was having lots of digestion problems. One day she heard about hemp and decided to try it (she was skeptical just like anyone would be) and liked it. She became obsessed by it because it was so hard to get in the U.S. One day she tried some hemp from Canada and noticed that it tasted much better and the flavor was a lot richer. Voila! Happy Hemp was born!

What’s hemp? It’s a super food that is rich in vitamins and essential amino acids. It promotes healthy hair, nails, skin, sleep, is a digestive aid, and just overall promotes well being. Oh yeah and it’s gluten-free, vegan, and certified organic so you can check that off your list. Check! Tara already did that for you.

How do I eat hemp seeds? Just sprinkle Happy Hemp on any food, in drinks or eat it as is and get your dosage of goodness and yummy for the day.

Where can I get some? Happy Hemp sells at SFC Famers Market Downtown Austin on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, HOPE Farmers Market on Sundays from 11am-3pm and various other health food store locations around town. If you can’t make it on the weekends Tiny Taiga sells Happy Hemp during the week.

Make sure you check out Happy Hemplike them on FB, and follow them on Twitter!

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Q&A With: Owner Blake Shanley of Tiny Taiga

Who? Blake Shanley
What? Tiny Taiga
When? 2012
Where? 1200 E. 11th Street, #106, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Blake has studied nutrition and holistic therapies since she was 18 years old and always wanted to share that with people. Her love for all things healthy led her to open up her own shop where she can help people in finding what they’re looking for. She was also a real estate broker at The East Village so having been involved in the community through real estate it made perfect sense for her to choose this location for Tiny Taiga.

Tiny Taiga carries superfoods, teas, tonics, tinctures, essential oils, herbs, all natural body care, minerals, books, and gifts. It’s a mini feel good wonderland. Go and explore for yourself and meet the magical shoppe keeper who will help you find your remedy. Blake’s already done all the work for you so you don’t have to worry about that part. Go and discover, grab a book and sit by the fire, look at the paintings, smell and test some of the essential oils, and taste the teas. Don’t forget to spread the love and let all the good people around you know about Tiny Taiga because they deserve it too. Stop by and say hi! Check out Tiny Taiga on the web and like on FB!