A Year in Review – Pure Goat Soapworks 2017

Now that we are about a month into the new year, I thought I would take the time to highlight some of the fun we had serving you this year. We love being a part of your life, and wanted to summarize the ways we had the privilege to do serve you in 2017.

  1. We launched two new products: Ultimate Bath Bombs (painted with Mica!) and Blossom – Alluring Lilac Goat Milk Soap, and we also introduced our Mini Hand + Heel Butters for an on-the-go or try-me size.

 

  1. We met you at 44 events – WOW! We enjoyed seeing you at the Holland Farmers Market, Kalamazoo Farmers Market Night Market, St. Joseph Lions Club Craft Show, St. Joseph Bluff Artisan Faire, St. Joseph Inn at Harbor Shores Holiday Bazaar, South Haven Mitten Made Makers Market, and Christmas at Wings!  That’s a lot of setting up – but we are THRILLED to be there for you!

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  1. We added 8 new Retail Partners!  From Lucky’s Market in Traverse City and Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Adelaide’s Boutique in Houston, Texas, and two local lavender farms, you can find Pure Goat Soapworks products all over the US!  Check out our Where to Buy page on the website for details!
  2. We connected with you through Instagram, Facebook, and our Newsletter (subscribe for special offers!).
  3. We launched our first ever Christmas Bonus Time giving you the chance to get three full-sized bonus gifts with purchase! Look for this again next year during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.  (Sign up for our Newsletter mentioned above to be sure you’re included this year!)
  4. We added our first part-time market helper, our daughter Lidiya Hasse to help out during busy events. Look for her to be running a few market days this summer!23915685_130641357622126_576875671152452587_n

Whew! That’s even more than I thought it would be. Funny how you don’t really know what you’ve done until you take a moment to sit down and write it all out.

I hope you enjoyed being our customer in 2017 as much as we have enjoyed serving you. We look forward to serving you even better in 2018.

Question: Have you taken a look at what you did last year? We’d love to know a bit about the great things you did in 2017. I’m sure there will be room for you to pat yourself on the back a bit. Take the time to do it, you deserve it.

Thanks for reading, and do leave a comment and share.

 

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Think Spring + Farmers Markets (Despite the Snow Storm!!)

Yes, I do realize that I am in Michigan, and despite the spring-like weather we’ve had over the past few days, I know we’re about to get blasted with up to 11 inches of snow, but… Spring is coming!  And with it comes the start of our farmers market season!

The Bank Street Kalamazoo Farmers Market is the largest, most vibrant market we participate in.  It has an upbeat, festival feel to it, fresh produce, food trucks, unique handmade gifts, and live music.  Saturday brings crowds of up to 8,000 people, or so I have been told, so come early – the market is open from 7am – 2pm – but it really clears out after 1pm.  It’s a wonderful start to your weekend.

Habanaro carmels.jpgMy favorite treat is a package of Habanero Caramels made by Cherri’s Chocol’Art.  They’re salty, sweet, and spicy.  I’m not usually a caramel fan, nor a fan of spicy foods, but these are absolutely amazing.  One of my customers so very kindly gave me a sample one Saturday morning last year, and eating them has turned into my weekly habit and reward for waking at 4:45am to make it to the market on time!

We’ve participated in the Allegan Farmers Market since 2013 (wow – this is our 4th season!) and are excited for the growth it has experienced.  The Allegan Farmers Market is a smaller market open on Thursdays from 8am – 2pm in Allegan on M-222.  Last year they added an on-site market manager, and vendors can now accept SNAP tokens, Double Up Food Bucks tokens, WIC Project Fresh coupons, or Senior Market Fresh coupons.  New for 2016 is a USDA grant that will give free rides to the market!

Both the Kalamazoo and Allegan markets open in the first week of May – we can’t wait to see you there!  But in the meantime, you can find us at Pure Goat Soapworks!