Happy Thanksgiving!

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As you sit down to enjoy your holiday today, we at Mossy Creek Soap would like to say THANK YOU for being our customer.  Thanksgiving is a truly American Holiday with food, fun and FOOTBALL.  There is a lot more to the Holiday than you might know.

Here’s a few historical facts about Thanksgiving,

  • The first Thanksgiving was a 3 day harvest feast in the Plymouth colony in 1621
  • It was attended by 53 Colonists and 90 Wampanoag
  • The feast featured Turkey, Corn, Pheasant, Deer, Shellfish and Pumpkin.
  • The original holiday was most liking during the early fall in September or October during harvest time instead of late November.
  • There is some speculation about whether the Wampanoag Indians were actually invited, it is said to believe the Wampanoag Indians thought they were being attack and crashed the celebration.
  • The actual holiday was not celebrated until 1827 when a writer Sarah Josepha Hale (Mother of Thanksgiving); rallied support for a Holiday.
  • It was originally reserved for a day of prayer and fasting
  • Before 1827, it had to be declared every year by the president and it was Thomas Jefferson who refused to declare it a holiday because he strongly believed in separation of church and state.
  • Finally in 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a Federal Holiday for the 4th Thursday of November.

As you sit down to enjoy your own feast; remember and be thankful for the reasons behind it.  We are thankful for you and sincerely want you to enjoy your day today.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Meet Kelli Buchanan!

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We want welcome Kelli Buchanan to our studio family!

She has been married for 21 years, a mother of four daughters, she loves animals and people. She enjoys spending her time volunteering in the community wherever she can be of help and exploring her creative spirit with gardening, scrapbooking and sewing/quilting.

Her four daughters keep her on her toes through sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Born in Texas and grew up in Louisiana and Tennessee. She moved to Georgia along with her family and husband after he was relocated to the area.

She is motivated by her husband and her children. She says; “It is through laughter, faith and perseverance that I accomplish my daily “to-do” list”.

Before she got busy with the her day in the studio, she took a break to share a little bit about herself.

Michelle-  What is your personal type of scent? (Fresh, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Air or Oriental)

Kelli-  I love a combination of Oriental and Spicy.

Michelle- What is your favorite botanical or flower? 

Kelli- My favorite botanical is lavender and flower is a rose.

Michelle- What do you think is the most important essential oil to own and why? 

Kelli- Lavender is so wonderful for calming and relaxing.  Its fragrance instantly settles me.  I use it daily in so many ways.

Michelle- What one cosmetic product you cannot go without?

Kelli- Mascara….and love Lavender in my mascara.

Michelle- As new soap maker what do find as the most exciting part of making soap?

Kelli- The process of blending oils with botanicals and fragrance to create this beautiful, aromatic masterpiece.

Michelle- If someone were interested in making soap for the first time, what advice would you give them? 

Kelli- Read directions thoroughly and safety first.  Be creative with color, blends and packaging.

Michelle- What’s a famous favorite quote of yours?

Kelli- “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”—Audrey Hepburn

Since she started over a month ago, she has been an invaluable asset to our growing company.  She truly is a breath of fresh air and someone who you will enjoy as well. Stop by, introduce yourselves and I am sure you will agree with me when I say she make you feel special with her warm and generous spirit!

OPENING A SOAPMAKING RETAIL SHOP Part 2

  Choosing a location for success

Choose the right location for your business.

Choose the right location for your business.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION– The location for your business is very important to your success.  If you are looking for walk-in traffic then you need a retail location on a busy street. But these locations are  expensive. It’s hard starting out and if you do not have a steady business income before you open your doors you could be struggling in your first 6 months. Remember as your business grows so will you, you may not stay in this location forever. In fact most businesses move from their original location to larger one or better location in their first two years. Remember the first car or house you bought? If you are like most folks that didn’t last too longer either.

Before entering into your first lease ask for any move-in specials.  I received one month free if I signed a 6 month lease.

You may need to find a happy medium between steady foot traffic and one that is not too expensive.  After my first year in business it was a necessity to get my operation out of my home so I reserached opening a location in a small shopping center. Which was close to a  residential area, included a month to month lease and paid utlities. That way if I could not afford to pay for I would have a way out without losing everything. In the begining I did not get many walk-ins but it provided me with a place to do business that offered me credibility.

Links to help you FIND the perfect location:

Loop Net.com

Articles:

Choosing The Right Location For Your Business

NOLO On FINDING the RIGHT LOCATION

The Effect on business location for business success

 

Take Our NEXT Class on opening your own SOAPMAKING BUSINESS.

 

 

 

BEER and WINE SOAPMAKING CLASS JULY 26TH

Texas Beer Soap Co

Join Theresa Mendez of the Texas Beer Soap co, in a BEER SOAP CLASS JULY 26th

Beer and Wine Soapmaking 211–Learn how to make Beer soap–Sign up today to save your spot!
Theresa Mendez is coming in to teach all the way from TEXAS!! She is the entrepreneur behind, Ava Bayba Soaps and Texas Beer Soap Co. as seen in Draft Magazine, and presently works with 6 breweries, as well as, providing quality essential oils via her FB Group: Theresa’s Essential Oils.

Time: 10a-1pm 3 hours                                                Price $125.00

Teacher: Theresa Mendez, Ava Bayba Soaps and Texas Beer Soap Co

Looking for more excitement and uniqueness for your soapy needs? Come learn how to use alternative liquids to reignite the passion in your soap creations. Learn how to source locally to establish “farm to market” prestige and the “keep it local” loyalty. Be entertained and challenged with BEER/WINE soapmaking.

  • Step by step directions with hands on learning
  • Find out how to source your ingredients from local breweries in Georgia
  • Discover the marketing potential by adding Beer/Wine Soap to your lineup for the Holidays
  • Learn what essential oils/fragrances compliment your Beer/Wine soap and how to incorporate them

Small class sizes to give you one on one attention.  You will go home with a soapmaking handout and recipes to help you make soap at home.

SIGN UP HERE! BEER SOAP CLASS

Theresa Mendez is the entrepreneur behind, Ava Bayba Soaps and Texas Beer Soap Co. as seen in Draft Magazine, and presently works with 6 breweries, as well as, providing quality essential oils via her FB Group: Theresa’s Essential Oils.  An Occupational Therapist turned bath & body creator, so the idea of functionality is a must in the art of blending. It just can’t be “Pretty”  She loves the creative art of blending essential oils to not only smell good but to make you feel good. She is soon to be enrolled in Aromatherapy classes.

She has taught Essential Oils classes during Amanda Griffin’s Bootcamp in Austin and The Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Conference. She does private blending and offers blending classes in her home studio. Theresa also serves on the board of the Lovin Soap Project and occasionally writes for the Soap Collaborative.  She is the wife of George, Mother to Juliet, Cameron & Tyler; and Mimi to Ava.  She grew up in Tifton, Ga and presently lives in the DFW area of Texas.