TIPP CITY — About 30 days after the fire that closed the business, Living Simply Soap made the first batch of soap in its new manufacturing space this past week.
Owner Tanya Brown said being back to work — although not back to normal — has lifted some of the weight from her shoulders.
“I want to get my people back to work. And we want to get back to work and we want to see all the customers again,” she said. “We’ve been removed from that, from our customers and that interaction. We just want to get back to a little bit of normalcy.”
Customers who have missed the store will be able to buy from a limited range of products in May, when Living Simply Soap starts temporarily operating out of a storefront on the corner of Main and Second Streets.
“We’re hoping to be open the first Saturday in May,” she said. The building formerly housed Coldwater Cafe and is owned by Steve and Sally Watson, who also own the Hotel Gallery.
The move to the new storefront is not permanent, Brown said. The shop at 112 E. Main St. will be closed for at least the next six months while the fire damage is repaired.
Well before the fire struck last month, Brown had been looking for a new manufacturing space in Tipp City knowing the her business was outgrowing the kitchens in the Main Street building. She bought a building on North Fourth Street last fall.
“It’s been a process to get this fourth street building operational. We had a lot to do here to get it to where we could make soap,” she said. “We had to paint floors and paint walls and clean and scrub. Then on top of that, we’ve got things we’re bringing from the store that need to be cleaned and evaluated.”
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