About Hippie Haven
Look - don't buy anything you don't need.
But if you do need some sustainable swaps to help you reduce your trash & your impact on the planet, then you're in the right place! We know that a "zero waste" lifestyle can sometimes be more expensive upfront, but will actually save you money in the long run by consuming less and reusing more.
Our mission is to provide products & resources that support environmental well-being and cultivate a circular community.
That's why you don't see cutesy instagrammable green-washed shit here. We've consciously curated the essentials that most people actually need in their daily lives as they embark on an earth-conscious journey. All of our products are natural, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, ethically sourced, and packaged with the future of our planet in mind. Plus, over 70% of our vendors are American female-owned small businesses! #supportwomen
We've done the work for you so that you can shop in good conscience, even if you have a tight budget.
There's so many online zero waste stores these days, but we believe that we stand out due to the activism work we do, free resources we provide, transparency of who's behind this business, and because of our values.
We believe that in this day & age, it's simply unethical for a business to NOT take a public stance. We are proud to support immediate climate action, LGBT+ rights, Indigenous rights, Black Lives Matter, and healthcare for all (including reproductive rights). We're against Trump, pipelines, water privatization, bigotry, animal cruelty, and wealth hoarding, among other things.
Callee | Founder
Formerly a translator for the US Navy, Callee was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector in 2017 so that she could better live in alignment with her core values. That same year, at age 23, she started Bestowed Essentials, a handmade line of eco-friendly beauty & home products that are now stocked in over 150 stores around the US & Canada. Callee hosts the Hippie Haven Podcast, speaks at events, and teaches educational workshops across the country, as part of her life mission to arm you with the knowledge & tools you need to spark positive change in your community. In December 2019, she & her team opened Hippie Haven in Rapid City, South Dakota - a zero waste retail store & community space.
Chesca | Hippie Haven Store Manager
Chesca originally joined our team in March 2019 as the Bestowed Essentials Production Manager, then transitioned to Hippie Haven Store Manager in December 2019. She helps our customers choose the eco-friendly products that fit their lifestyle, ships out all online orders, refills bulk containers, keeps our shelves stocked, coordinates our Rapid City events, and runs our Zero Waste Black Hills group. Chesca previously worked as a dental assistant & dance coach, and recently obtained a yoga teacher certification in Bali. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, eating food, stand-up paddleboarding, taking naps in odd places, traveling to tropical islands, and supporting small businesses wherever she goes.
Alex | Hippie Haven Expansion Coordinator
Alexzandria has been doing our product photography since 2018, but officially joined the team in July 2019 to help coordinate our future expansion. Alex & her partner have a very energetic 5-year old son and a not-so-energetic senior rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys taking pictures, painting, thrift shopping & camping. She has been vegetarian for over 4 years, and also happens to be the biggest Beattles fan ever.
Hannah | Bestowed Essentials Production Manager
Hannah joined our team in August 2019 to assist with shipping before moving up to Production Manager. Born & raised here in Rapid City, she will graduate with a degree in Environmental Sustainability from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in May 2021 and plans to make a full-time career with us after graduation. She has previously worked at a law firm and as a lifeguard. In her free time, she enjoys creating greeting cards, bullet journaling, participating in her sorority events, singing in worship band, trying new vegan recipes, and playing with her rescue rabbit named Carl. Hannah dreams of someday living off the land with her future family.
Raylyn | Communications Coordinator
Raylyn joined our team in February 2020. She has a BS in Broadcast Journalism, MA in Communications, and has worked for newspapers, magazines, and television news. She decided she wanted a job that was more in tune with her value-driven lifestyle, so she joined the Hippie Haven team after being a long-time supporter & customer. Raylyn manages our media relations, curates our email newsletters, coordinates Callee's speaking events & media interviews, produces the Hippie Haven Podcast, moderates our Hippie Haven Facebook Group, and more. She hates wearing shoes and loves being in nature, drinking hot tea, and reading a good book. Raylyn dreams of someday opening a zero waste store on the Texas Coast.