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Meet Megan Petrola and Jennifer Novia of JAM Relaxation in Winthrop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Petrola and Jennifer Novia.

Jennifer and Megan have been friends for over 20 years. Jennifer is a successful retail manager of a luxury department store. While Megan is a project coordinator for a boutique consulting firm. These soul sisters lived a hectic life of balancing careers, friends, and family. Life came to a screeching halt when Jennifer got her cancer diagnosis. The bond between the two only deepened with this earth-shattering news. They dove into the concept of living for the moment while cherishing time with those who matter most.

During this time the two couldn’t help but notice that neither one of them ever slowed down! As modern-day women who from time to time get lost in social media, hustling from one appointment to the next, rarely taking a time out, and running themselves ragged it felt only right to birth of JAM relaxation. The two would construct organic bath salts and all-natural body polishes for close friends and family. Word got out that the products were exceptional and the two started to venture out to online sales and local farmers markets.

Today the duo is featured in the HIVE located in Winthrop center. You can find all of their favorite products gracing the shelves of the Hive,  in their online store, or you can check them out as they are frequently hosted in locations throughout Winthrop and East Boston. Look out for guided meditation offerings with these two fabulous souls this spring!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the largest struggles the duo had to overcome was Jennifer battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During countless chemo rounds, stem cell transplants, and being isolated from the public we had to pump the breaks from time to time. The upside to this is that we are able to use that time to creatively collaborate on ideas and execute a well thought out plan for success.

Another challenge we are currently working on is educating those in the community about the benefits of relaxation and the impact it has on your overall health. We are so fortunate to have products and knowledge that compliment local holistic healers who have an established following within our community.

JAM Relaxation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
JAM relaxation prides itself in creating a line of bath products without all the funny business. We are a local based business that uses only all-natural products. Our products are scented with high-grade essential oils and natural herbs. Our mission is to awaken one with the art of relaxation. We are best known for our salt based bath soaks and our unique crystal assortment.

As a company, we are most proud of bringing quality products into the communities local Co-op. From this, we are able to gauge what the community wants and needs. We hope that as the business evolves we strengthen our community ties and build brand awareness.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
We define success as repeat business and referrals.  We hold ourselves to a very high standard specifically product quality and customer satisfaction. If our products aren’t consistent, we ultimately are not successful. It is so refreshing when a client stops you at an event to share how much they loved the product they purchased or how it has had a positive impact on them.

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