Now and then I’m blessed in participating in interviews that are extra-special. Such was the case recently when my sister Alicia and I met Mary Allen, the owner of Sixth Street Soapery. I can best describe it as a VIP tour, however, I’m convinced that Mary likely regards all of her clients as VIPs. She's cool like that.
Alicia and I were not only dazzled with the shoppe, we were treated to great conversation while generously served delicious, gourmet coffee. I even got a further bonus of some much enjoyed cuddle time with the smallest member of the family, Pierre, who joined us for the interview. You can look for him in the video. He’s teeny-tiny with dark, curly hair and a wagging tail.
Sixth Street Soapery is a relatively new business located in the Evansville, Indiana arts district of Haney’s Corner. It will celebrate its first anniversary in December of 2016.
The Victorian exterior of the soapery is enchanting and equally matched by the beautiful interior. But, as amazing as the building and the products it houses are, the owner is even more so.
Mary and her team (consisting of hubby, Greg, who did the remodeling, and close friend A.J., of Manos Design Co., interior designer) are a beautiful asset and blessing to not only their church family and neighborhood but also to the indie biz community at large.
Indie Biz Collaboration
The folks associated with Sixth Street Soapery reminded me so much of the collaboration enjoyed by many pro bloggers within the indie biz community. Mary, Greg and A.J. work together on projects in much the same way I often work with Alicia of On Story Street (who served as the photographer and videographer for this article), Maria Jordan of marcoujor's musings (who also published a recent review and introduction of Sixth Street Soapery, titled Good Clean Fun) and and Vicki Warner of WarnerWords.
Vicki is the only one of us who has yet to live the unforgettable experience of using Sixth Street Soapery’s products. That’ll be remedied soon as she’ll have a package winging its way to her in Sechelt on Canada’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Alicia and I felt so honored with the gracious hosting we received from Mary, Greg and A.J. Not only did we relish the delicious coffee and invigorating conversation but we were treated to a room-to-room tour of the place as well as a demonstration of how Mary prepares her organic soaps. You can see the process yourself in the video near the end of this post.
An interesting aspect of how the shop came together is that Mary is the mixologist behind the bath and beauty products. A.J. was the interior design artist and Mary’s husband, Greg provided the muscle and machinery to develop A.J.’s designs. As a team, the results of their collaboration is exquisite and easily rates as the stuff dreams are made of.
For the record, Greg and A.J. are also fans and users of the soapery's products. A.J. even took the time to point out some of her favorite soaps in the shop, successfully convincing me to add a couple more to my own must try list.
Since our get-together...
In a previous article, I introduced the soapery and a specific product I’d found in a local organic grocer. It was a bottle of organic oil spray I’d found, the only one the shop had. It smelled intoxicating and I bought it primarily to use as a perfume that was organic and didn’t post a toxic threat to my little parrot, Jade. First time I used it, I was hooked and later I discovered several surprising perks to using it that I wasn’t expecting. (Click here to read the article.) Below are the surprising benefits I’ve reaped since using it.
Mary didn’t advertise her Hippie Chic oil mist to do any of these things. They were discovered by me after only a couple weeks of using it. I passed along the information to her because I was so surprised and impressed with the stuff and found out I wasn’t the only one. She’d been receiving similar reports from other surprised clients, too.
After we got to meet her, my love for Sixth Street Soapery products has continued to blossom and I pray Mary is in business for the rest of my days. We came home with new products and they’ve wowed me as much as my first bottle of misting oil.
Alicia and I have since been using the soapery’s Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice bar soap. It's sooooo good! Creamy and deliciously scented, I love using it and hate for the shower to end! It works great as an entire body wash, leaves my skin soft and gently scented without clogging pores or causing any sort of irritation.
After showering, I follow up with either the soapery’s Hippie Chic or Patchouli & Sweet Orange oil mist. I use the mist at least twice daily, to not only nourish my skin but to give me a boost when I’m feeling fatigued or stressed.
During the interview Alicia and I were happy to learn that we have several things in common with Mary. She a Buckeye from Cincinnati, which makes us native-neighbors. Cinci is just across the river from our own birthplace of Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
Like us, she’s also from a military family. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force, her brother with the Marines. Mary is a veteran, too, who served in the U.S. Army.
Our thanks to Mary and her family for their service and for the privilege of establishing a new friendship and business association with us, and allowing us to take part in introductions to our readers.
Below is a video offering a tour of Sixth Street Soapery, featuring the display and production areas as well as the folks behind the scenes who brought it all together. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did making it.
Thanks for touring with us and I hope you'll visit Sixth Street Soapery soon. Holidays are right around the corner and they'll wow you with stocking stuffers and gift packages.
That's it for this one!
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