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Transition Time

I’ve made my annual transition from the outdoor summer farmers market in Crescent City, CA to the wintertime market in Brookings, OR.  We had a super summer in Crescent City, and now Wednesday mornings will find me traveling up the coast to the Chetco Grange. It’s been great to see my old Brookings buddies from last year, as well as meet some new folks.  It’s a thriving market with a lively atmosphere and lots of conversation and laughter.

Here at River Bar Soaps we’ve been gearing up for the holiday season: making soap, contemplating gift packaging, rearranging displays and updating signage, and discussing promotional ideas. We are so appreciative of those who are helping us to grow by purchasing and using our products, carrying River Bar in their stores, boutiques and vacation rentals, and spreading the word to friends about their favorite soaps!  One of our biggest thrills is to have someone tell us that they “just have to have more of this soap!”  We enjoy so much making and sharing it with all of you.



I learned a new word this past weekend: lagniappe!  Do you know this word?  I liked the sound of it even before I looked up the definition.  Here is what the dictionary says about lagniappe, which is pronounced lan’ yep.

      1. a small gift, especially one given to a customer who makes a purchase
      2. something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus

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River Bar Travelers

20131004_183703We started making these smaller soaps for a couple of vacation rentals we’re working with and for wedding favors, and this year I decided to take them to the Downtown Crescent City Farmers and Artisans Market where I hang out on Wednesdays.   Continue reading


Summer Travels

imageSome of my summer travels included a trip with my sister to South Carolina to see our brother and sister-in-law and to Florida to attend our niece’s wedding.  Great trip all around.  Such fun being with my siblings and the wedding was, of course, beautiful!  Here is a shot of my handsome brother and my lovely niece, Amie. Continue reading

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Soapy Days

Thursday and Friday were two soap days in a row for us—60 pounds of River Bars sliced this Sunday morning!  We are replenishing stock after a couple of large orders, a Fourth of July event, and several weekly Wednesday Farmers Market days. Rick says we’ve passed the point of making soap just once a week—and I think he may be right.  I’m thinking quite a few of these summery days will involve soap.

Sandwiched between our soap morning on Thursday and our soap afternoon on Friday, we set out to find a legendary stand of redwoods called the Del Norte Titans. Continue reading