Here's a list of some home-grown ventures in the city that will surely excite you.
Banking on the idea of 'New India' some 'young stars' from Lucknow have turned their innate interests and capabilities into full-fledged entrepreneurial ventures. Arraying a sprawling range of innovative, eco-friendly and brilliant products, these individuals are making our lives easier with their creativity. From eco-green pottery to hand-crafted footwear and homemade clothes for our furries, scroll down to know about some of the interesting startups in the city and their enthralling products!
The Earthy Scent
Started by Maseera Naseem in 2021, Earthy scent is a venture for sustainable products, that offers hand-crafted ceramic-based dining accessories and cookware. Naseem started using earthenware in her daily routine about 3 years ago and she instantly developed a liking towards it. This inspired the idea of encouraging and promoting this environmentally friendly solution in our everyday commodities, ranging from Kadai to casserole!
Earthy Scent aims to provide you with all options from cooking to serving, concocting an eco-friendly experience. Not only do these products have scientifically proven health benefits due to the porous nature of clay, but they also maintain the correct pH balance of water. Moreover, clay enhances the flavour of food, retains natural minerals and micronutrients, neutralises acidity and makes food less oily and non-sticky!
Arpika, an analytical lawyer from Noida always fancied the art of dressing up her puppies, Coco, Chiku and Caesar. Gradually, it became an obsession for her and she decided to spread the love! Once she moved back to Lucknow, her adoration for pooches made her start this home-grown label- 'Let's PAWse', that creates interesting apparel for your furry cuties.
Be it a wedding or a house party, our little furs have the right to dress up too and click selfies! Don't they? Knocksense could not be happier to find an Instagram account that delivers onesies, bow ties, scarfs and other things for our fur balls at a nominal cost. 'Why should
humans have all the fun?' Shop more for your fur babies on the 'Knocksense app' available for both our android users and IOS users and be 'Woof-aazed'!
Know about the Bubbles and Blossom of Lucknow who made it big by making instagram their market for unique and hand-crafted kolhapuri chappals, that come with a modern twist. The customised pocket-friendly and durable slip-ons made by Nazish and Insha deserve a place in every girl's wardrobe.
They proudly live by their belief- "agar dil se chaho aur sachai ho, toh puri kainat tumhare kaam ke liye lag jati hai." (If you really aspire to achieve something honestly, the whole universe conspires to make it a reality for you.)
Smita’s Resin Art
Not many people are aware of resin art in Lucknow but those who do, definitely know how unique and artistic, is a piece made of resin. Speaking to Knocksense, Smita informed that the manufacturing of these products began in 2018 and it has definitely evolved to be a hit among her followers. She also organises workshops to teach students to make clocks, cake stands, tables, paintings, tray coasters, key chains, earrings and the like!
Apart from resin art, Smita is also well-versed in the art of teaching mural, acrylic, water, ceramic and oil paintings, all under one roof. With a diverse range of students from a 4-year old to a 64-year old, 'Smita Art & Craft Classes' proves the saying that there is no right or wrong age to learn something new!
What do most 18-year olds do during summer breaks or lockdowns? Sleep, Netflix & Chill and Laze Around? In 2020, when people were binge-watching Game of Thrones waiting for the 'winters to come', Rajansh and Avirajj Rastogi were busy curating a novel idea. This duo created a way to promote cleanliness by making handmade and colorful gel soaps, infused with the best fragrances. Further, you can win the winsome experience of luxury bathing with their company, 'Earthen Soapery'!
Handcrafted with love, some exquisitely shaped soaps like butterflies, cars, trucks, apples, roses and special hampers are a big hit in town. With their customised range of soaps, they target a wide consumer base, ranging from a 6-year old kid to adults of any age. After a lot of experimenting and sampling, they deciphered the varieties of Honey and Almond, British Rose, Island Mist, Aloe Vera and Lemon coupled with perfumes like 'Davidoff', Old Spice and others
Speaking to Knocksense, Avirajj said, "Rajjika, a 6-year old, is our youngest client and swears by our range of soaps, always ordering a few extra ones! Ruchir Rastogi, owner of Lala Jugal Kishore Kanpur orders corporate gift hampers regularly for his clients which has encouraged us a lot." With such a dynamic range and their dream to open a 'Soap Cafe' for customised products, this duo is all set to go a long way! Checked out their instagram to order some happiness!
Preeti, the proud owner of 'Rumr' is a computer geek by education, a mother by choice and a health enthusiast by interest. With a deep interest in skincare, she started researching handmade soaps and lotions. Once she had experimented enough on herself and her family and friends, she launched her brand- Rumr, derived from a Sanskrit word that means beautiful.
At Rumr, products are close to nature and far away from harmful chemicals that are rampant these days. Made with ingredients that would sound more like food than skincare, the product line includes body essentials for all ages. You can order something from the array of shea body butter, charcoal shampoo, ginger aloe vera shampoo, lip balms and essential oils. Begin and end your day feeling more 'Rumr'.
One of the good things about technology these days is that it has you connected with the world, at all times. Mobile phones and several different apps have made it simpler for people to start their business from homes, without having to worry about fancy office setups.
The aforementioned ventures by fellow Lucknowites are making our lives simpler and taking creativity to new levels each day! In the post-COVID era, many individuals have started various kinds of services from their homes and we should definitely support their talent by choosing their economical and unique products. These homegrown startups truly prove that no idea is small and that your homes are also a great place to begin from!