Co-Retailing with Heirloom Superfood Market

Last fall I was offered the opportunity to become part of a new retail venture. The Heirloom Superfood Market opened for business around August with a business model the four partners are calling “co-retailing”. Each local vendor/maker buys shelf or floor space at a fixed rate. When your product is sold, you pay the store…

The Year in Review

Last year was very interesting, filled with lots of twists and turns. Time got away from me along with putting up a new blog post on a regular basis. I accepted guidance from a new business coach in addition to keeping my first coach whose words and guidance has taken me this far and is…

Pina Coladas For Your Shower

If you haven’t visited my home page, then you may not know my business logo is a pineapple. Pineapples are the symbol of hospitality.  The staff of a certain hotel chain receives a pineapple pins for guest compliments and exemplary service. I flew home with a box of pineapples on from Hawaiian and was scolded…

Reorganized for Making

There is just something about making bath bombs.  Don’t ask me what it is, that might spoil the fun of making them.  I reorganized my work table just to make the process more efficient.  Now, everything I needs is within arms reach.  So when ever the mood hits, I’m ready.  This setup will also accommodate…

Welcome Home

Last Saturday, for the first time in more than 20 years, I did an outdoor event.  It was at home in Ohio, where I grew up and first attended college.  It was nice to be back in  familiar surrounds. The Youngstown Flea is a “market for makers”.  In its third year, the flea has grown…

Spring is Finally Here

It has taken Spring a very long time to arrive.  March was rather cold and snowy, two things I hate.  So it was a good time to work on my Spring and Summer soap inventory. With a love for ocean and water scents I did two.  A remake for the guys of South Pacific Water…

Celebrating Heritage and the Georgia Peach

If you read my About page, you know that I’m a third generation soapmaker with a rich Deep South heritage.  My father’s family is very entrepreneurial so its in my blood.   On a summer’s evening almost 10 years ago, my cousin in Miami filled in the details for me.  This is our story. It…

Savory Southern Comfort

There is nothing I enjoy more than getting up on a cold Saturday or Sunday morning, knowing that I don’t have to leave my house, and making a batch of biscuits.  I watched my cousin in Jacksonville make biscuit that were deliciously light and tasty with no measuring tools any where on the table.  If…

Love Yourself

This year I decided to do something to celebrate February’s designated day for love with a Strawberries and Champagne Soap.  This was a fun project with beautiful results.  I’m really pleased with how they turned out.  Of course, the scent is amazing.  A friend and customer said they look good enough to eat.  What do…

You’re the Bomb

Lush brought bath bombs back in a big way.  I remember making them as a kid in school for special occasion gifts for your mother.  We shaped them with our hands back then and rolled them in our palms to get a smooth round shape. Bath Bombs and Bath Fizzies are hot today and almost…

New Year, New Ideas

Another year is in the history books.  Last year saw a small increase in sales (I’m happy) and some much needed professional guidance.  My direction and goals have been updated and fine tuned. I am ready to embrace 2018 with new ideas.  To start the new year, I’m having an inventory reduction sale.  My goal…

Lost – In the Forest

A good salt soap needs a bit more curing time.  Some recommend at least 6 months, just like a good castile soap.  Last year, I was ahead of the game when I made these in August and put them on the curing rack for the next 4 months.  Problem is, they kept getting pushed to…