HSMG Members in the News!

The HSMG is proud to report that two of its members have recently been featured in the media.

Our first member is Lauri Isle of SAC’s & Co.com, whose business was featured recently in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Lauri and co-owner, her sister, Marta Bardonner, create soap and other bath and body products for their store in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The store is recognized under the Indiana Artisan logo, which supports businesses creating handcrafted goods. These businesses follow guidelines set by the state, undergo an application process, and are juried to ensure authenticity and quality.

You can check out the article by clicking on the link below:

http://www.journalgazette.com/article/20120909/FEAT/309099992

As if that’s not enough, they were also featured in Midwest Living!
Our second member in the news is Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Georgia. Michelle’s Christmas soap was featured in Southern Living’s Christmas at Home’s Special Edition, 2012.

An editor from the magazine contacted Michelle because they saw her website and liked her products. Understandably, Michelle was skeptical at first about whether or not the contact was real, but indeed, it was and now you can find a lovely photograph and description of Michelle’s soap in the magazine! Simply click on the link below:

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This isn’t Michelle’s first media exposure, either. Last year, her soap was featured at Food Network.

Incidentally, one of the most interesting things about Michelle’s story is that she only began making soap in 2009, took a year to perfect her skills, and then began making soap as a full time job! She sells soap and other related products and teaches classes.

Michelle credits part of her success to her connections from the HSMG and its conferences that assisted her in her business. We look forward to hearing Michelle speak at the 2012 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well. Her topic is “Increase Profits With Time Management Using the Soapmaker Program.”

Know of another HSMG member in the news? Contact us at bethb@soapguild.org or jenniferG@soapguild.org.

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