Tomboy Soap Open House Saturday in Norwood
Nov 17, 2005 | 298 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"It's nice to be finally building a strong clientele in Norwood," says Jessica Newens, founder of Tomboy Soap Company, which manufactures and sells handcrafted soap and body products. Newens will open her Norwood studio to the public this Saturday, Nov. 19, from 12-7 p.m. for a pre-holiday sale of Tomboy products.

"Last year's sale was an incredible success," says Newens. "There was a blizzard in Telluride, so I got only a handful of customers from there, but I was amazed by all the Norwood people that came out to purchase products. People were leaving with huge piles of soap - it was fabulous!"

Tomboy got its start in Telluride in 1996, when Newens decided it would be interesting to turn a craft that she loved, soapmaking, into a real job. She began experimenting with soap batches, testing them out on her friends and family, and debuted Tomboy Soap at the Telluride Artisans Guild Holiday Bazaar.

"You should have seen how small and misshapen my soap was back then," Newens recalls today. "I hand-cut each bar, and then hand-wrapped them in handmade paper and raffia.

"The bazaar was still pretty small then, and a bunch of us were squeezed into the Sheridan Opera House gallery space. I had two small cocktail tables on which to sell my stuff, but most of it sold, and I was thrilled to have made a couple hundred dollars."

Newens continued to sell soap at subsequent holiday bazaars, and soon expanded to the Ridgway Farmers Market. Over time she introduced other bath products to complement her soap line, which now boasts 14 different scents and three rotating seasonal soaps. Those attending Saturday's sale will find soap (including Tomboy's seasonal O'Tannenbaum holiday bar), bath salts, bath milk, bath fizzies, salt scrub, lip balm, bath tea, lotion and nail oil. There will also be a number of gift packaging options.

"It's a great time to stock up on holiday gifts, because everything will be discounted," says Newens. All customers will be able to draw for a discount between 10 and 20 percent. To heighten the festive mood, she'll serve refreshments throughout the day.

"I encourage everyone to come, even if they're just curious to see where and how soap is made," she says. "Come and hang out for awhile, check out the products and ask me questions."

For those who don't quite have their Christmas list finalized, Newens is happy to take orders. She will also ship direct to help relieve some of that last-minute holiday stress.
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