Thanks for continuing to support my small business as we CONTINUE to navigate the pandemic and all its trickle-down impacts. In an effort towards self-care, I booked an artist’s retreat which will mean my shop is temporarily closed starting this Saturday, July 31st. My shop will be in vacation mode and not accepting new orders again until Saturday, August 7th. I’ll continue accepting and shipping orders after that – but will remove local pickup options moving forward.
When I return, I’ll also start planning/packing for the studio relocation on September 1st, 2021. The new production studio will remain in Pittsburgh, yet continue to operate in a commercial facility. I will NOT be hosting local pickups to the public in the new location and I still haven’t decided if I will return to setting up a booth at public events, but I’m still leaning towards not, for now. Overhead costs have increased a bit over the last 16 months, so I’ll be recalculating prices before the holiday season. Full disclosure: prices were already calculated to increase just before the pandemic, but I decided to hold off considering the essential need for soap and even produced some smaller, affordable items to increase accessibility within the community. A modest price increase (15-25%) will prevent long-term impacts from new business loans and/or reconfiguring our business model to be more mass-production-oriented and ultimately less community-oriented. This looks like the smallest change I can make to keep afloat, and I hope you’ll hang with me through it?