By Courtny Gerrish. CREATED Aug 18, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 19, 2014
It might be the best kept secret of Sheboygan. All natural, beauty in a bottle. Now these "home grown" products are Hollywood bound.
The dream of a local entrepreneur will soon be in the hands of Hollywood's elite. A little piece of Sheboygan is part of the glitz and glamour of this year's Emmy Awards.
Inside this small storefront cool things are happening.
Peyton Lenarz is making lip balm. From start to finish it's her own creation. "You can kind of pick what you want it to look like and pick what you want it to smell like."
Unique, down to the label. And lip balm is where this all started for the owner of Olivu 426. "I became the lip balm girl, and everywhere I went I had to carry lip balms with me," Caitlin Brotz told us.
She stumbled into her dream through tragedy. In 2003 her boyfriend, at the time, was badly burned. To help him heal Caitlin whipped up a batch of chemical free lip balm. "I ended up with about 500 life times supplies of lip balm, and a girl loves lip balm but I was like 'what am I going to do with all these quarts of lip balm?' "
She gave it away to friends. Soon they were making special orders asking her to add herbs, a certain fragrance. "I thought to myself 'wow this is really fun but it would be even better if they could make it themselves.' "
And that's now the concept behind Olivu 426. Let customers make some of the all-natural beauty products like soap.
Everything in this store, located in the Harbor Centre district downtown Sheboygan, is natural and good for your skin. And now the word is out about Olivu. Two of Caitlin's products will be in the star's Emmy swag bags. Lip balm, of course, and a customer favorite, anti-aging face serum. Made from pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry seeds and rose hip. "It just instantly has the ability to make you have that glow we all crave. For $12 for a one month supply I think it will take Hollywood by storm," Caitlin said.
She packed up the products a few weeks ago and is now celebrating the store's own "red carpet" specials ahead of the Emmys. Caitlin is glad to also be sharing her passion with the stars something she says she never saw coming in the future of her business.
When she opened 7 years ago Caitlin started with 5 products. She's now selling more than 120. Her commitment to the community is the same, to keep her products affordable.
Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on TODAY'S TMJ4 Monday, August 25th.