It is true. By the Bay Botanicals is retail bound. The owner of the business, Michelle Sholund, has started the process to rent a retail space which will be the company's first retail store. But wait there's more! A portion of the space will be designated for a workshop where all the candles, car fresheners and other products will be made in store. Currently all products are made in a small workshop at the owners home, where the business works from as of today, March 4th, 2014.
So when will this happen? Any day now! Michelle should be hearing from the necessary people with an approval to move forward. This includes having access to funds, signing a lease contract, and starting work on a getting it ready to open. A Grand Opening date will be set when the space has been officially confirmed.
So why a retail space? The answer is simple. The way we are able to sell to customers now is via our website, through wholesale orders to gift shops in the Mid-Atlantic region and direct to customers via art or wine festivals in Maryland. With many people buying from us at shows and wanting to re-order they are forced to order via the internet or wait until the next festival which may be another year away. Having a retail place not only will allow customers to come and shop from are large collection of scented products 6 days a week at a permanent location, but give us the additional space to produce our products and keep up with our growing demand. This is where By the Bay Botanicals is going to redefine retail shopping. Much like watching pretzels being made at Auntie Anne's, customers will be given a rare look at how our products are manufactured - from our workshop to the retail display shelf. When was the last time you saw the products you bought at a gift shop made right in front of you? Most likely never.
Some added surprises you will also find at the By the Bay Botanicals store will be:
- candle accessories like wick trimmers and dippers made in the USA
- a small selection Made in the USA greeting cards and gift bags for various occasions
- fun promotions such as Orange Wednesday and Purple Friday where if customers where orange or purple, they will receive an automatic discount.
- Seminars on topics like decorating with candles, travel tips (such as how to pack lighter or how book your next vacation on the cheap) with a local expert, and DIY projects using candles.
- Much much more!
Another perk about having a local retail shop allows us to do more and connect more with our community. We also hope to use this store as a tool to build local ties with other small businesses, work with non-profits, as well as add more jobs to the community offering perks and a fun work enviornment that big box stores cannot.
If you want to weigh in on your thoughts for this store such as suggestion something we should offer or even be on a mailing list if you would want to work for the company, leave a comment below or email us at Bythebaybotanicals (at) gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information if you want to see what is next on this fun journey!
I am the owner of By the Bay Botanicals. We want to stay connected to you, and through this blog we aim to share with you tips and tricks to buying and burning candles as well as read up on what goes on behind the scenes at By the Bay Botanicals. Feel free to comment, and comment often as well as share with your friends and family.
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