Thursday, March 21, 2013

We {Heart} You!

In February, we announced several new initiatives for 2013. You've already heard about our Art Night Trunk Shows, our ongoing Workshop Series and our 3, 6 and 12 Month Soap Subscriptions.

Our 4th initiative is a VIP Program. Now, we don't like to play favorites because, honestly, we appreciate everyone's business. From the person walking by who needs a quick soap cupcake as a hostess gift to the customer who drives to the shop from another state and leaves with bags full of soapy treats - we love all of you guys! However, in the past 5 years, we have developed a strong core of incredibly faithful customers and it dawned on me that we ought to step it up a little for these folks. So, after careful thought and deliberation with Kara (my best friend, shop girl, brilliant artist and the other creative force behind the business) here is what was decided upon.

You are eligable for VIP membership when you have done at least one of the following:
  • Made at least 4 online purchases
  • Earned 200 shopping points in our store
  • Submitted 3 full Soap Punch Cards
 As a VIP Member, you will receive the following:
  • Free domestic shipping from our web store - always
  • 10% discount on all purchases in our Warren store*
  • A special gift on your birthday
We have our initial list of people who meet this criteria and we will be sending out notices to them shortly. We will be closely tracking new and existing customers and the second someone qualifies, they will be given their card and perks! We don't believe in charging fees for VIP membership. This might work for some businesses, but just knowing that you keep us on your list of frequent shopping spots is all that we can ask of anyone. We see this as a reward program, a way to express our gratitude. And it's as simple as that.


*The 10% discount cannot be used in conjunction with another promotion. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2013 Art Night Trunk Shows

I am lucky to know some talented people. I am also lucky to be in Warren, where creativity takes center stage the last Thursday night of every month, from April to November during Art Night! I decided to merge these two ideas: host trunk shows for my creative friends + participate in a celebration of local arts!

Here is our schedule for the year! I hope to see you all at what promises to be unique, fun evenings!

APRIL 25: Weehah!
MAY 30: DiNofrio Handbags
JUNE 27: Bendywho

JULY 25: Dasken Designs

AUGUST 29: Folk Couture
OCTOBER 31: Lux Aromatica
NOVEMBER 30: DA Metals

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Soapmaking Classes

Student Work

Class Equipment
I've been teaching soapmaking classes since early 2011. When I first launched this arm of my business, I honestly had no expectations. What surprised me more than the number of people interested in learning this craft was how very much I enjoy teaching. Prior to taking a soapmaking class, people are generally unaware of the process. Buying soap is sort of like buying toothpaste, in a way. You know you need it, you realize it's there, but you have no idea where it came from. Demystifying this always brings delight to my students. It's a perfect combination of science and art. The gratification in using the fruits of one's soapy labor is immense. I love watching the playfulness and excitement in my students as they select a fragrance, conceptualize their design, watch their oils saponify in a crockpot.

I hope to continue teaching my favorite thing to do! If you would like to see photos from classes and a collection of student work, please visit albums on Pinterest and Facebook!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Workshop Series Kick Off

We kicked off our Workshop Series in the store last night with Olivia Lane's Green Cleaning 101! Eye-opening, super informative and fun! I am really excited to make my own safe cleaning products and save some serious cash at the same time! You can see pictures from the event on Facebook or Pinterest! Enjoy!