I’ve had a wonderful day thus far. I read a partial chapter in the book “Influence.” I worked out. I ate a healthy lunch. I planned my trip to a soap conference in June. I researched a retail sales management group. And, I did a bunch of other miscellaneous things in between, like pay bills, review credit cards and meet with Amber to go over new product plans. But, by far my favorite thing about today was my visit to Otion.
As we work out the logistics for a second store, with rent being at a premium in Seattle, Erik (store manager) is culling the line of products we can carry in the Seattle store. This is a precaution. Our Bellingham location is big, with over 1000 square feet of retail space and a classroom and testing lab upstairs. That might be hard to find in Seattle for the rent we can pay. So Erik is working through the entire product list and designating products as A, B or C Tier based on the last four years of sales data.
While I was at Otion, one of my favorite customers stopped by (Kim from Aromatica Tea & Soaps, up in Chilliwack, BC). We caught up and lamented the rising cost of Palm Oil and scratched our heads about a suitable replacement for it. We didn’t come up with anything.
By far the most delightful thing about the Otion store visit was the displays! They have a “Relax” themed display with bath fizzies, salts and scrubs to encourage bath time and romance for the upcoming Day of Love. Certainly, giving a foot scrub to a certain someone in your life would be romantic and kind, wouldn’t it?
Erik designed a nautical themed display around the Milky Way Sailboat mold. He used a dropper to drop in the color on these ships. It’s very good detail work that just requires patience and a little bit of time.
Sarah at Otion decided that the Skull Mold would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. I was skeptical but with Fuscia Labcolor in Clear Soap and White Soap, plus a little glitter, this traditionally ghoulish soap does look positively radiant for the season.
Great job Otionites. The creativity is and attention to detail is awesome.