It's been a long time since I've shared any updates on the Soap Parlor, so if you've been wondering about it's status (or wondering what it even is at all), allow me to fill you in.
As you might know, in early 2015 we moved into a wonderful old house built in 1875. It's actually on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the really amazing old neighborhood we're living in: The Broadway Historic District. Attached to this fascinating new home of ours is a beautiful parlor, with its own bathroom, complete with claw foot tub for the very best utilization of all those bath bombs, and its own separate entrance to the outside. It truly could not be a more perfect place for us to keep all of our special creations or to visit with the unique and beautiful people who stop by to purchase and enjoy them.
You see, I have no interest in ever having a store. We've done that a couple of different ways in a couple of different venues, and it's just never been quite right. In some cases, it's even been a disaster. We're just not good at "commercial". But a parlor with friends? Oh, yes. I can do that. We could even show people how we whip up natural body care stuff on the vintage stove!
So the goal is and has been to fill the parlor up with all sorts of fabulous goodies, get the okay from the city and good grace from our awesome neighbors, and let it be just that. It started out pretty solid, until a few months ago. Then we got the extremely wonderful news that our family was going to be expanding and I was expecting. Cue hyperemesis. If you've never heard of hyperemesis, let me just put it to you this way: It's like morning sickness on crack. Or, as a close friend coined it, "the devil disguised as vomit". I fell so ill that business pretty much came to a complete standstill and we even shut down the website for a little bit.
I am so, so glad to be back. But there is so much to do. Soap Parlor status is still "In Progress", unfortunately, as it's been put on the back burner a bit while we work to get everything else caught up to where it used to be. But the thing is, it really isn't going anywhere. It's literally attached to our house. I suppose it isn't all that different from our own growing baby. It's going to happen and it's going to be beautiful... we just found out the gestation period was going to be a little longer.