We were very excited this last Thursday to learn that the Arcadia Valley Soap Company was added to the new travel/tourism book, “100 Things to Do in Missouri Before You Die” (by authors John W. Brown and Amanda E. Doyle available at Reedy Press ). This book is packed with recommendations for festivals to food, best hiking trails and other out of the way spots to enjoy with family or as individual travelers.
Shanda said she was willing to work more hours so tada! We are now going to be open on Wednesdays. This will really help us better at being caught up on orders and restocking.
- 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Some things to keep in mind if you are venturing out to come see us at the soap shop…..
The Shepherd Mountain Bike Trail is opening April 3rd and then on May 2nd is the Big Mountain Enduro kick off with their first race being held in our little town of Ironton. Needless to say, there will be more people then usual for the next 2 months. If you are avoiding crowds, we suggest stopping in on Wednesdays or Thursdays. While our area has been blessed with very low COVID-19 numbers, with the influx of people arriving, some of our customers may want to avoid people coming in from all over the country during the heavy traffic weekends.
We are still offering $7 flat rate shipping for those of you that like to order online. The delays with the postal service are not as frequent now. We are trying to ship more by UPS though many of our customers have PO Box addresses and we must ship via USPS.
My decision to close my soap shop temporarily to the public was easy. There was no question in my mind of what needed to be done. My deepest admiration goes to those on the front lines – the people keeping our grocery stores and pharmacies open, the healthcare professionals that are facing a workload I can’t imagine and our leaders that must make hard decisions.
Am I sad for having to do it? YOU BET! Things at the shop were rockin’ – new wholesalers, new customers and fun displays. But, I must help support my community leaders by not helping to spread the Covid-19.
When I saw that our community schools had closed, I realized the hardships on so many families, educators and others whose jobs are based on the schools. I can only imagine a small fraction of the behind the scenes logistics involved. If our local officials and educators felt it was time to take this step to help our community weather this issue and make the long term better, then what other decision could I make?
You all know the soap shop for it’s little bars of bubbly goodness you pick up and sniff, bath bombs you roll around in your hands and lots of conversations at the counter. What do people do when there’s a snow day or school is normally closed? Come to the soap shop and bring the whole family….we do quite well $$$ wise when there’s a school closure. So by closing the soap shop, it’s no longer an attractive nuisance to our community. If my community leaders feel it’s worth the sacrifice of our schools, then I will do my part to support them by not giving a needless venue to be a weak link in the spread.
It’s not the end of the world, and small business doesn’t have to fail. It’s time to be creative! How fun is that? I love a challenge! Heck we bought 3 dilapidated old buildings because I like challenges.
If you haven’t seen this Washington Post article and videos on how this funk spreads, check it out here:
I just wanted to explain why we have closed temporarily ahead of requirements that I believe will be coming. Sooner is better than later in this case. For me, the worst is you think I’m a crazy, over reacting old woman. I can live with that. So the online store is open, and feel free to shop away. You know I’ll hook you up with some freebies for ordering just like when you come in the shop! 🙂
Talk to you later!
It’s the first day of spring.
Anyone that follows me on facebook knows I have been looking forward to planting again and the passing of cold. Secretly, I will miss the snow glittering pass the street lights in the evenings as the town looks so peaceful. It was just the cold feeling that bothered me. Having lived in Florida and the deserts of Arabia growing up, I’m some what of a sun loving, heat person. I use to make fun of the tourists that would come to Florida in November or January complaining about the cold. What goes around, comes around….
Speaking of tourists, today is the first tourist coming to shop my soap store. Actually it’s a couple that are snowbirds moving back home to Ohio and are coming out this way to pick up a soap order – I am humbled! While I told them everything is in construction, they still wanted to come. They have bought from me for years and wanted to see our progress – now while I’m still humbled, I’m adding scared to the list.
Figuring it a day of firsts, I am going to be pouring my first batch of the new Vintage Valley Soap in honor of Dorothy Reese. It is going to be lavender scented soap with a hint of ylang ylang and litsea essential oils. It’s one of my favorite combination as it’s a calming, yet not an overly floral blend with a crisp, bright note (think lemon like) from the litsea oil. I tried to think up something that would be traditional and positive as that is how I view this amazing powerhouse of a woman I never met. I plan on having a $1 of every bar to go towards her scholarship fund. If anyone know of something else regarding education that might be good, let me know. I have one planned for the AV Tigers, but that’s another day!
And speaking again for firsts and the Vintage Valley soaps, the first check today goes to the Arcadia Valley Food Pantry! You wonderful, soap loving people have purchased all 88 bars that made up the first batch of Mina Sauk Handmade Soap of which a $1 of every sales go to the pantry, That’s impressive to me as people purchased the soap without even seeing a picture of it on line for the longest time! The Iron County Historical Society will receive $42 again because of you! Consider this your internet back patting my friends – you all are WONDERFUL supportive people of my business and the causes I value.
So while it’s still frosty this morning, know that sunny warmer days are ahead and everyone reading this has a bright, happy future in my world!