She started the business by importing soaps from a UK based company, Fragrant Finds, who is owned and operated by her husband’s cousin. To see what the markets were like here, she started with a selection of soaps and scented pebbles. Karen slowly started to pick up ideas through networking and customers needs.
This process started steadily and did well, but about six months of going to craft shows, Karen wanted to make products to sell alongside the soaps. So, she started making bath bombs. That was three years ago and since then she’s been adding other products as time goes on.
Other than her awesome Bubble Scoops, Karen also makes Bath Bombs, Bubble Dough, Foaming Sugar Scrubs, Body Butter, Bath Bomb Cupcakes, Bath Salts, Shower Steamers, and Lip Balms. But she’s always looking for the next new product idea.
Karen loves attending craft shows as she says its great to meet her customers face to face and to have a conversation about her products. “Its nice to see returning customers who have followed me from craft show to craft show just to stock up and have a chat.” Karen said. “It’s also great when a potential customer says they were told by a friend who purchased her products to visit her table.” Karen has gained a large customer base just by going to craft fairs.
She likes chatting with customers and also fellow vendors, and has made some great friends through the craft shows. In fact, she wouldn’t be at the historic building store with K Penton Arts and Rude Love if she hadn’t gone to the craft show where she met Karl and they ended up chatting the whole weekend.
Karen’s future aspirations are to build her product line, and she already has new ideas ready to design.
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Original publication: Still Moments Magazine, November 2017 http://stillmomentsezine.blogspot.ca/