#WHYoming: Melissa Whitmore

Melissa Whitmore WHYoming interview

Welcome to a new SweetwaterNOW series, #WHYoming.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

We sat down with Melissa Whitmore, the owner of Busy Bee Bath Essentials. Melissa moved to Rock Springs with her family from Shoshoni, Wyoming about five years ago when her husband switched jobs.

Melissa, tell us a little about how you came to own Busy Bee?

Busy Bee has been in Sweetwater County for about 11 years. Before I bought the business, I was crafting, sewing and doing different things to stay busy and was using the Busy Bee Product. The previous owner moved away and decided she didn’t have time to continue on with the business. I had always wanted to try making my own soaps, candles and stuff like that so I worked up a deal that allowed me to buy the business from her.

That was about two years ago. I ran the business out of my house and sold products at other locations around town but it wasn’t really working out how I wanted it to. In January, the building I am currently in became available and I decided to jump on it. So here I am today.


What is something unique about you?

I am always willing to try something once. I love to try anything and everything.


What do you appreciate most about our community?

Even though Rock Springs is a bigger town, it still feels like a smaller town. A lot of people will argue that this is a smaller town but being from Shoshoni, a town of a few hundred people, Rock Springs feels quite large.

I’ve met a lot of really nice people here. The community really pulls together for fundraisers and benefits. It is really cool and something I take pride in about our community.


If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Live one day at a time and everything tends to work out.


What is your favorite thing to do in Wyoming?

I like going out to the Gorge with my family to find a secluded spot. It’s nice and quiet out there.


Would you rather ride a bike, take a horse or drive a car?

I love horses and feel like a horse is a fairly safe option.


Don’t sweat the small stuff. Live one day at a time and everything tends to work out.

-Melissa Whitmore


What would you sing at karaoke night?

Well, I don’t sing but probably anything country. I like country.


How would your friends describe you?

Determined, driven. Once I get my mind set on something, I usually see it through.


What is your proudest accomplishment?

Aside from raising kids, I would have to say my business. It’s rewarding to come in every day and see the different customers come in and say how they love the store and its variety.


Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

I’m terrible at remembering actresses. Probably Julia Roberts. She has red hair and a fiery no BS attitude.


Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?

Why not? There is no other option. It’s gorgeous here. There is a lot of freedom. There is not too many people which means you can go do whatever you want when you want and don’t have to worry about people being in the way. There really is no other option.


If you’d like us to interview yourself or someone you know for #WHYoming, please send us suggestions to abe@sweetwaternow.com


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