Doers and Dreamers – Janette Bower and Norman James

Uptown Kingston is worth exploring again if you haven’t done so in awhile. There are many small boutique businesses that have recently opened that are unique and very selective about the products and services that they have to offer. This week’s Doers and Dreamers have added to that mix of businesses and certainly worth a visit.


Your name: Janette Bower and Norman James

Business or organization: Flora Beauty, 36 John St, Kingston, NY

Occupation: Small business owner

What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?   
Owning a small business started with a passion and a desire to make difference – to think outside the box and create an environment where people feel relaxed. Our formulation is to bring people together, to grow ideas and to give each person the space to be themselves without judgement. Its about value and integrity…

Where are you from originally?
We have been living in Manhattan for the past 25 yrs, before that I lived in the NYS.

What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
I wanted to get back to simplicity but I love the energy of Urban living, I felt that Kingston gave me the balance.

What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
I’m loving Kingston, there are so many great businesses to chose from – each one offers something special

When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
I go into NYC once a week and I still love it but am happy at the end of the day to head back up

Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
Janette: I have crazy amounts of energy which is why I do not drink caffeine.
Norman:  I’m from Mexico