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Q&A with Local Companies: Colleen Benson Rathe at Village General Store & Refillery

500 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-800-2474,,

Services or products you offer: Eco-friendly skin and hair care, home cleaning products, pantry staples, and children's goods; in addition to refills of everyday essentials like soaps, detergents, shampoos, and cleaning products.

What you enjoy most about your profession: Meeting members of the community.

Fun fact about your company: All the fixtures in our storefront were either handmade locally, purchased secondhand, or are made of repurposed material.

Customer service is: Listening, providing support, and being thoughtful and compassionate.

You started your business, because: I wanted to provide resources and support to the modern family navigating their low-waste journey.

First job: Working in the office at my parents’ pub.

Favorite food: Potatoes.

Last big purchase: The store's custom apothecary spice cabinet; it was handmade in Sacramento.

When not working, you can be found: Watching Netflix or watering my plants.

You love living here, because: The sense of community is incredible.

Favorite local event: Third Saturday Art Walk.

Favorite small business: Typewriter and Moss.

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