Huntington now has a new option for locally-owned, small-business shopping, thanks to the opening of the Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio.
According to Store Manager Renee Voght, Nurture Soap got its start in 2012 with Carrie and Damian Thornsbury. A few years later, the company opened a warehouse on Swan Street in Huntington. Then, on Aug. 14 of this year, the retail location opened at 2809 Theater Ave., Huntington.
“We wanted to stay in Huntington – that was a big thing,” Voght said of the retail location. “We wanted to keep it local.”
According to the Nurture Soap website, Carrie has been making soap and bath and body products since 2004, which eventually led her to create the company – and every single product “has been stringently tested by her with a soap maker’s perspective.”
The retail store offers a wide variety of products, for both soap makers and enthusiasts alike. Whether someone is looking for products to start creating their own soap at home, or just want to pick up a locally-crafted bath item, there are options available at the Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio. Crafting items include soap molds, fragrances and colorants, as well as soap cutters – all of which are put together by hand at the Nurture Soap warehouse location in Huntington. The colorants are all mica powder mixed with pigment powder and vary widely in color options.
“Carrie wanted to open up a retail store so that customers could come in and actually smell the fragrances, see the colorants… and actually, physically see the products here,” Voght said. “We have soap and bath bombs made here in house as a bonus.”
There are different methods to soap making, such as melt-and-pour in which the products are melted, fragrances and colorants are added and then the products are able to harden in mere hours. Then, there is also the cold process method – which takes “about six weeks” to complete. All of the soap that is sold in-house is made with the cold process method.
There are also bath bombs and bath salts made in-house for purchase, and each item has its own name to go along with the special scent and colorant combination. For instance, the bath bomb called “First Love” is one of the first scent combinations that Carrie “fell in love with” when she was making the products.
The store also partners with Pathfinder Services. Members of Pathfinder Services use Nurture Soap fragrances in their candles and wax melts. The store then sells some of the finished Pathfinder products on their shelves.
Soon, customers will also have the option of signing up for soap making classes at the studio. Although there are still some details that need to be worked out before the classes are up and running, Voght stated that more information will be available on the store Facebook page and there will also be local advertising to alert interested parties as to how they should sign up for the classes. Classes will cover different soap making processes and will be available for folks of any skill level.
“We might have some guest soap makers, too,” Voght said. “There are a lot of soap makers online that do videos, so we might have guests come in and teach the class.”
Shoppers have the option of signing up for the retail store’s rewards program, in which a $5 credit is earned for every $50 that is spent. The retail store is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.