Characters of Carmel: Meet Lauren Hodges


Compiled by Shelly Gattlieb

Lauren Hodges is a local herbalist who creates personal care products from medicinal and native plants. She attended the Heartland Herb School and completed a nine-month apprenticeship before opening her own apothecary business, Textbook Repository. The company offers a wide range of botanical products, with 90 percent of ingredients harvested from her own garden.

While farming in California, Hodges met her partner, Andy, who was raised in Carmel. They live in his family Quaker-style house with their 10-year old dog, Dinga. The home was built around the 1840s and may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Andy and Hodges grow vegetables and plan to eventually add a greenhouse to the property. Lauren loves art history tattoos, going for walks at Cool Creek and watching sitcoms, especially “The Goldbergs.”

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Best memories: Braves games and collecting baseball cards with Dad

Former jobs: Door-to-door fundraiser, beekeeping in Oregon, blueberry harvesting in Maine and painted street performer in New Orleans

Hidden talent: Photographic memory

Message to others: Be respectful of other people, animals and the environment

If she could meet anyone: Great-grandmother Viola

Favorite sounds: Rain or moving water

Fears: Alligators and horses

Best thing about Carmel: Beautiful in every season

People assume but isn’t true: That she is vegetarian

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