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February 16, 2006

Support local businesses

On a rather less bleakly horrible note than the last post, I noticed that in a comment on the Zeke's birthday post from reader Jane, she provided a web address that sounded intriguing. So I went there, and found that she's a local businesswoman — right here in Pinole — who makes and sells some really tempting herb-infused soaps and other personal care items, and at really rather reasonable prices.

While I don't do ads here, and I'm not making anything off this mention of her business, I do think it's important to support small artisan-type businesses, especially if they're local. Besides, if it's the same Jane, she went over and filled out my Nohari window in a frank but not at all unfair manner before anyone else did, and you know? I just love that. So go check out her nifty stuff.

In fact, Creek Running North readers constitute a continental soap-making consortium. Every small business is local to somewhere, right? If you happen to be more local to Alabama than to Pinole, check out CRN commenterKaren from Rurality's online handmade soap store, Natural Impulse.

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Both Jane and Karen have very tempting sounding soaps!

You can add me to the consortium. A friend and I used to have a little soap and skincare business. Now I just do it for friends and family-I think you got some for Christmas-but I still love making it.

Posted by: Stephanie at February 16, 2006 12:39 PM
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Unless you have used hand-made soaps created by friends you don't really appreciate the blessings and wonders provided. They work really well, far better than the commercial products. So if you are not a "soaper," nor have taken the time or chance to get some locally made soaps, do it now!!!!

Posted by: spyder at February 16, 2006 02:17 PM
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It'd be cool if the Jihari part had a "bearish" attribute.

Posted by: Ross at February 16, 2006 03:01 PM
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this is a fitting post to closely follow the "do not click" one -- the soaps look wonderful!!

Posted by: kathy a at February 16, 2006 05:19 PM
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CRN: recommended by soapmakers everywhere... :)

Thanks for the plug Chris!

Posted by: Rurality at February 16, 2006 05:36 PM
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Wow! Thanks so much for the plug! If you (or any other Pinole readers, for that matter) order soap from us we'll even hand deliver it to you. As for the johari window, I haven't responded yet. Must've been another Jane. Now I'll have to go there and see for myself.

Posted by: jane at February 17, 2006 10:51 AM
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Well, you can probably see how I made that assumption, Jane being as unorthodox a woman's name as it is.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at February 17, 2006 10:56 AM
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It's not a business so much as an all-consuming hobby, but just letting you know your soaper readers aren't confined to mainland North America.

Posted by: Lara at February 18, 2006 12:34 PM
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Jane's soaps are great - I use them all the time and highly recommend them. The cucumber is my favorite thus far.

Posted by: pam at February 22, 2006 07:30 PM
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