Wait…let me back up…
For those that don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself.
I am April Harvey, owner of Big Blue Dog Soaps, mother of two young adults, Madison (21) and Noah (17.) Wifeypants to my male mirror image (Curtis.) If there was ever a perfect puzzle piece to my life, he is the last piece I needed to make my life complete. I started making soap back in 2013, and for whatever reason, it has kept and held my fascination ever since. For me, hobbies and interests come and go. Things become boring quickly..they lose their interest. I think this is because, I have hobby ADD, who knows. For this hobby turned into a business. Slowly I am emerging as a full time business.
Recently the company has been involved in various charitable events. This month and September has been very busy for me. First, I donated 500 mini bath bombs to the Cotton Pickin’ 5k run for Fayette Cares Organization. They help victims of domestic abuse with food, clothing, shelter, and whatever else they might need getting back on their feet. Next, I was approached by the Streetdog Foundation of Memphis, to donate a soap box for auction. They are a fostering organization that helps strayed animals off the street and place them in loving homes. Thirdly, I participated in the Fayette County Animal Rescue’s Holiday Market Adoption Days! I made use of Facebook’s live feature and showed the nice crowd we had, lots of furry babies were placed up for adoption. They are a no- kill shelter which I highly support! THEN, (see I told you I have been busy!!) I was approached by the lovely Brenda Livesay, to participate in a soapbox auction for the teachers at Oakland Elementary. All proceeds went directly to the specific classes in need. Here is the box I donated 🙂 Well it’s similar. This particular box is a nice segue’ to the final approach of the month, A Night Of Southern Elegance, once again sponsored by Fayette Cares, and I gave them a 40.00 gift certificate, the soapbox, and 300 more full sized bath bombs to add to their auction goodie bags.
Too add to the business juggling, I have decided to create my own webstore! Though it doesn’t have fancied up bells and whistles, it releases me from ties to Etsy. Etsy is great for those whom are just starting, and certainly they reserve the right to make their own decisions about what’s best for their company, but the company has decided to go in a different direction over the past few years, and I don’t necessarily agree with their terms and principles anymore. My webstore is clean, functions nicely and securely, and puts ALL the spotlight on YOURS TRULY! LOL I no longer have to share my wares with 30,000 other soapmakers who may, or may not be a small batch soapmaker, on my personal market page. This is just one of various reasons why I am delving out into my own store. I have the freedom to do as I like, and form my own customer contacts without the intrusion of etsy.
Speaking of which, if you have ever bought from Big Blue Dog Soaps, please take the time to give a customer testimonial, share your opinions on your social media of choice, pass worth of mouth advertising for our little humble company. You are the lifeblood of small business, and I personally will be forever grateful for your support and loyalty over the years.
As far as new products? Well I am proud as a peach to introduce you to some new scents some limited edition seasonal soaps, as well, as some classic Bath and Body Works scents you may have thought you couldn’t get anymore. Well FEAR NOT wayward shopper! I have got you covered.
It’s been stressful..and yet so fulfilling. I absolutely love what I do. 🙂 I will keep you updated more often, I promise!