The Heal Room: An Interview with Owners Ana & Karen

The Heal Room in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is an inspiring marriage of wellness and sustainability. Co-Owners and good friends Ana and Karen have truly found their niche and their passion in this fun, interesting shop. Ana and Karen have only been in their shop for two months, but you’d never know! It’s brimming with life and has a beautiful presence on the outside. Inside feels cozy, warm, and unique; much like its owners. Ana and Karen wanted to “get back to something simple” when they both moved back to their hometown of Pawtucket and kind of fell into business together. These good friends have known each other since High School and it seems almost like fate that they traveled both to California and then back to Rhode Island at the same times--as if their paths were meant to cross again, in a bigger way. There’s one thing they are both clearly in agreement on and that is the idea of mindfulness.

“We work overtime, all week,” Ana says.

“We quit our nine to five, to work twenty-four hours.”

“It’s all about mindfulness,” they both say when describing what connects their interests. Both Ana and Karen started with their own separate businesses before coming back together to create The Heal Room; something they see as eventually being a “one-stop-shop.” Ana describes the business as “its own that evolves over time.” Both women really wanted to create The Heal Room as a way of giving back to Pawtucket and getting back to their roots in a way that they felt their community was truly missing. They noticed an overwhelming lack of accessibility to wellness and sustainability in their hometown.

Ana and Karen just had their first pop-up and have other fun goals for 2021. Top on their list is starting a podcast! “We always have dope, intentional conversations,” Ana says, “and every time we say we should have recorded that!” Both women have a wealth of knowledge and really want to teach and share their insight with their community. “It matters because you’re teaching something,” Karen says. Karen enjoys giving a tour to visitors who come in and explaining the things they sell. These women want to provide different “channels of information,” making the podcast they are close to starting, a welcome addition. On their way to evolving into a one-stop-shop for sustainable products and wellness goodies, these women are always on the lookout to supply the things that their clients are asking for. They strive to keep the connection strong and provide the opportunity to teach the lucky people that wander into their shop; especially Pawtucket natives. Ana and Karen both feel very strongly about Pawtucket, giving back, and “bettering their own community.” A podcast will be yet another way to share their knowledge and experiences, and they are so