Today I read a really interesting story about a fellow soapmaker in Florida who has been on a bumpy ride lately. Here's an excerpt from the story published on http://www.baynews9.com.
"A Bay area family is taking a creative approach to keeping their struggling dream alive in the tough economy. Linda
Nigro and her family run a soap-making business. Lately, it's been a
struggle for the artist to keep her head above water.Last
year, the family opened a shop on the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs.
For a while, everything went well. But when the economy took a hit, so
did their business, and they had to close up shop.The family tried to save money by moving the business into their home, but the unpaid bills kept piling up. "I got so burnt out," Nigro said. "I owed my landlord. I still do, about four or five months rent. I owe a lot of people."
considered throwing it all away and starting again, but her son stepped
in at that critical moment. He shared their story and asked the online
community for help.
Within hours, the soap orders started to pour in, some from places as far away as Singapore."
The website that her son posted on is reddit.com. I hadn't heard of it before - still don't quite understand it, but wow - what an amazing story. When I read this, they had already received 400 orders. It does my heart good to see people pitch in and try to save this company. This kind of rush reminds me of when Midwest Living published an article about Soapourri in October 2006. The orders started pouring in in August and it kept up until February. And I'm still getting them from that article! Since Soapourri is a one-person shop, however, 400 orders would probably kill me!
When I was researching molds to buy a year ago, I contacted Linda Nigro for some advice and she was most gracious. I'm very happy for her that she has had this "life-line" thrown to her and hope it keeps up, as her soaps are very very lovely.
All you have to do to enter this contest for a free Add-a-Tubes Gift Set worth $10.95 is post an answer on this blog to this question - how long does a bar of Soapourri loaf soap last in your shower? (Also please tell us how many people use it). A name will be drawn on Saturday!
Yes, you haven't heard from me for a couple months- I've been a
little distracted - here's
During the month of June we will celebrate Soapourri's 10 year
anniversary. Check our blog frequently to find
specials and deals posted. Or, you can be our fan on
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For quite a few weeks now, my head has not been in the game. Why, you say? Because my oldest son graduated from high school. Anyone that has been through this will understand. With the thought of a large group in your home, you look at it through new eyes - oh, that horrible carpet down the basement that I wanted to rip out when we moved in 8 years ago? IT MUST GO! And the greyish white paint - also must go!
We had a big family group staying and playing here for Memorial Day Weekend, so the work started in April and since my son just started his summer job today, that extended the whole distraction for the past couple of weeks. Not to mention his brother's finals, birthday, driver's-license-getting, etc. You get the picture!
So I'm back! I've been faithfully fulfilling orders, but I'm well aware that my customers haven't heard from me via newsletter in 2 months. And I promised that this would be my 10 year celebration this month! So let the games begin! I'll be posting things on this blog the rest of the month so check back often for great deals!