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Khadija A. Tudor is the owner of Life Wellness Center – an apothecary, massage and acupuncture treatment center in Brooklyn, New York. For Tudor, creating a place that felt like clients are coming home to family was important. She compares Life Wellness Center to “That auntie’s house that is really dope.”
Her shop welcomes people in with the aroma of incense, flowers, sage–and music outside of its walls.
“The experience happens before you even get into the door,” explains Tudor.
–And she makes sure there is always someone to welcome a client the moment they arrive. Once inside the apothecary, visitors can find the very same tinctures, teas, and soaps that Tudor has been using in her own family to heal and maintain their health for years.
Making clients feel seen was also a top priority for Tudor. After a not-so good experience in a medical clinic where she didn’t feel seen or heard, Tudor said, “I needed to create a space that would be safe for me and for anyone else who looked like me.”
If she were to give advice to anyone following their dreams, Tudor says, “Have compassion for yourself. You will fail. It will look crazy. The beauty of it is, the more you do it, every failure is a space to educate yourself.”
Life Wellness Center is the legacy she hopes to leave for future generations. Her family immigrated to the United States with a strong desire to create a legacy and Tudor says her hope is that one day, her great, great, great grandchildren draws the familial benefits.
“When they call my name – they’re gonna get some strength.”