Thursday, October 29, 2009

You wanted it. You got it.

For all of those who have been asking, I am pleased to report that we will now have available our own room for classes, MiniMuffin Kids Parties, and it can even be used as the host spot for a SudsMuffin Spa Party. The site has a washroom and a kitchen which will make it easy to prepare or store party goodies. There will be tables and chairs provided for all the activities.

There is no charge for using the space for parties. For classes, the cost of the space will be part of the class fee. As soon as I am able, I will post a tentative class schedule. Depending on the degree of interest, classes could include soap crafting, bath bomb making, lip balm making and more... In most cases, all materials will be included in the cost of the classes.

This is exciting for us and we can't wait to start holding classes and parties with you. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Episode 4 -Vlog

Hi folks! I was unable to do the vlog this week but my wonderful MiniMuffin filled in for me. Please let her know what you think of her video. We think she did a great job. Enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Love to excite!

It has been another week of wonderful customers, many of whom were first time visitors. A couple of local ladies who had never been in before, came in to pick up a co-worker's order and fell in love with the store. I love to see new people share the joy that I get from the products I make. One of the ladies came back the next day eager to purchase a bevy of wonderful things. One of the things that we live for is the expression of total joy when a customer is tickled pink by their SudMuffin Products.

I am getting ready for the EMS Symposium at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Saturday and Sunday. Mrs SudsMuffin will be at the store all day Saturday so feel free to drop in and say HI.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Episode 3-SudsMuffin Vlog

Hey everybody, here is episode 3 of the SudsMuffin vlog. I hope you enjoy it. It is all about our fabulous Nectar of Isis and even includes a surprise presenter.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New to the Shelves!

Today I have two new soaps fresh from the mold. I have a delightful, fragrant and colorful Pumpkin Pie soap cake and a totally awesome Coffee Cake kitchen soap, with real ground coffee and topped with real cocoa. Both of these will be ready in a few weeks.

I have just cut and frosted two other cakes: Maple Sugar and Spiced Plum, Both are ready now. I am also offering my soap cakes slices in store for $5.00 instead of the regular $6.00 but only until end of day Saturday Oct 10th.

I also have made a new Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub that is just fantastic. This will be ready around noon on Saturday after labeling. Did I mention the Spiced Pumpkin Souffle room and linen spray too?

Hope to see you soon to try out the new scents. There are still a few spaces available for October and November for MiniMuffin Kids Parties. Call 672-9248 to book.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Urban Deli makes another winner!

If you have been reading this blog for some time, you know by now that one of my favorite places to eat in Saint John is the Urban Deli on King Street.

This past Saturday, Mrs SudsMuffin and I were once again treated to first rate gastronomic delights. I indulged in an Urban Burger and Mrs Suds enjoyed a superior Seafood Chowder. This chowder was prepared just for her and I have never, and I mean never, seen a chowder (except one I made) so loaded with seafood (3/4 of a lobster claw for starters). The broth was perfectly seasoned and was rich and thick without being gloppy.

The Urban Burger! Wow, this was an amazing burger. The double patties, cooked to absolute perfection, on a delicious bun topped with truly scrumptious caramelized onions and a tantalizing garlic aoli. Of course, I had to have my serving of their amazing Urban Deli fries. Check them out. Thanks to Elizabeth and crew for another lunch well done.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Episode 2 - Sugar Scrubs

Here is episode 2 of the SudsMuffin Video blog. I hope you enjoy it. It is about our wonderful Foaming Sugar Scrubs.
If you want to purchase a jar of our awesome sugar scrub you can get them here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Brides Brides and more Brides

Tuesday was the start of one of the busiest weeks we have ever had at SudsMuffin. That same day, I received a call from Mark Hovey, in charge of the upcoming Bridal Show at the Trade and Convention Center. I had turned down a chance not too long ago to attend this event thinking that it was too expensive. After a conversation with the organizer, I realized that this was an awesome opportunity to showcase my products to my target audience and so I agreed to go.

I quickly realized that I did not have anything ready to take to such a show. Thus was the beginning of a frantic week. Mrs SudsMuffin and I had to locate appropriate packaging and decorative materials and make plans as to what we where going to produce for this show.

After some late night deliberations, we came up with a list of great products and scents to use. The next day I started production at the shop, on top of my regular production schedule. That night everyone stayed later at the store. We then had to figure out how to appropriately display our products so they would be attractive and eye-catching.

We also realized that we did not have any good signage to use in our booth. We knew it was very short notice but we contacted Robynn at Super Cheap Signs and she was able to give us exactly what we wanted, at a really good price and right on time for the show.

Thursday night, Mrs SudsMuffin created a bevy of new label designs. She is so awesome! Friday (Show day) I made final preparations on all the favor boxes such as ribbons, filling, attaching tags, and packing the other products for the show. I picked up our new sign from Super Cheap Signs just before noon and I was extremely happy with the results. Thanks to Robynn and her crew for coming through for us.

Many thanks to Laura for covering at the shop for us and doing such a great job on such short notice. By 2:30, I loaded up the car and was off to the show. Once there, setting up was a breeze because I was given access to the loading dock. Special thanks to Dave the DJ for letting me use his extension cord. The table would have been lacking without the light.

At 4pm, the doors opened and initial slowness turned to organized chaos! My table was quickly swarmed with oodles of brides, bridesmaids, moms and moms in law. Everybody was oohing and ahhing over my favors, with many MANY saying that they would be in touch and that they had never seen some of the things that we had.

Overall, it was a very well organized and professionally run show. One of the best I've ever been to. The quality of the vendors and the location and booth setup was great! I look forward to the next one.