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Local businesses shine during Small Business Saturday

Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Amanda Raymond – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — While recovering from Black Friday and gearing up for Cyber Monday, don’t forget to visit locally-owned businesses all over the county that are offering specials and discounts for Small Business Saturday.

According to the Small Business Association, Small Business Saturday is a special day to “celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” including offering unique, specialized, handmade or antique items. American Express started the nationally recognized day in 2010.

The Small Business Association said that $68 of every $100 spent at local businesses stays in the city or town. Only $43 stays in the city or town when $100 is spent at national chains. More than $16 billion was spent at small businesses during 2015’s Small Business Saturday, according to the association.

This Saturday, Nov. 26, Downtown Salisbury Inc. will be hosting “Double Your Dollars in Downtown.” When you spend $50 or more in any downtown store or combination of stores, you can be entered to win $100 Downtown Dollars.

Take a photo of all your receipts showing the date and total amount sold and email the picture to info@downtownsalisburync.com. Be sure to include all contact information. Receipts must be presented by Friday, Dec. 2. The drawing will take place on Monday, Dec. 5.

Other specials in shops around the county include:

Encore on Main at 118 S. Main St. in China Grove is offering 25 percent off everything in the store and double stamps on frequent shopper cards.

Old Town Soap Co., at 113 S. Main St. in China Grove, will be offering double stamps for its membership program members and 10 percent off all purchases for all customers. Regular specials will still be available, and when customers spend $35, they can receive a free raffle entry for the shop’s holiday raffle. The funds from the raffle will go toward Novant Health Rowan Medical Center’s 3D mammography unit for the new Rowan Medical Center mobile coach.

At Brewtique, 514 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer, regular coffee is buy one, get one free.

At Barnhardt Jewelers, 314 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer, customers can choose an ornament from their Christmas tree to reveal a secret discount. The discount must be used on the same day.

Beth Engelhardt, Old Town Soap Co.

April 26, 2016 – Dawn Evans – Kannapolis Arts

What began as a hobby making bath and body products as Christmas gifts turned into a business for Beth Engelhardt of the Old Town Soap Co. She sells handmade soaps, lotions, candles, body sprays, lip products, beard oils, bath bombs, lotion rollups and wax melts at her shop in China Grove and at various festivals such as Kaleidoscope in Kannapolis.

Old Town Soap Co. was a presence at every Kaleidoscope event last year. “It’s just an awesome event for everyone who makes handcrafted items to sell for people to enjoy,” Engelhardt said. “It’s always a fun, upbeat atmosphere, with music, food and fun!”

To create her line of handmade items, Engelhardt does extensive research to learn about the best butters, essential oils and other ingredients to use in each product. She’s formulated moisturizing soaps, a bar for teens and others with acne-prone skin, and even “You Dirty Dog,” a shampoo bar for dogs.

“I love making things and being creative,” Engelhardt said. “I can get lost in Hobby Lobby for hours. When I tell my husband that’s where I’m headed, he always threatens to take my credit card.”

Check out Old Town Soap Co. on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oldtownsoapco and their website at www.oldtownsoapco.com, or drop by their shop at 113 S. Main St. in China Grove.

It makes scents: China Grove store sells soaps, lotions and more

November 8, 2015 – Susan Shinn – Salisbury Post

CHINA GROVE — Everyone knows that Farmers Day is the hottest ticket in town, which is why Brent and Beth Engelhardt opened their new business on the day of the annual festival.Old Town Soap Co. now occupies the freestanding building at 113 S. Main St., next door to Brooke & Brooke Attorneys. Beth has created a wide selection of soaps, lotions, candles and more.

The Engelhardts named their business after the Old West-style chicken coop they built at their Kannapolis home (that’s another story), and renovated the building to create a vintage appearance. That included taking up all the plywood, carpet and linoleum, and stripping and refinishing the warm pine floors.

“I know this floor intimately,” Beth says, smiling. Salvaged doors were fashioned into the back counter, and discarded fencing and pallets became the back wall.“It really was a lot of fun doing it all,” Beth says.

She admits that Farmers Day was a crazy day.“My husband was bound and determined to be open for Farmers Day,” she says. “He wanted the traffic.”They’d worked on the business for two months straight before opening day, she adds.

Beth learned to make soap when she worked in retail, and wanted to make Christmas gifts for her co-workers.

“I took a class, and it just kinda went from there,” she says. Beth has developed a whole line of soaps, lotions, body sprays, bath salts, lotion candles, solid lotion bars and roll-ups, lip balms and more.

There’s even a men’s line featuring beard oils and mustache wax, along with soap in manly fragrances.”It’s not all girls’ stuff,” Beth says.

She develops fragrances based on customer input. She has a seemingly endless list of enticing smells, which include everything from baby powder to green tea and cucumber to lavender to orange. Whether it’s floral or fruit, fresh or musky, you can find it here. The bar soaps are topped with a sprinkling of glitter, and come in such fun names as Choco Latte Bliss, Autumn Magic, Midnight Pomegranate and Oh So Clean. Even something called Witches Brew, although Beth notes you have to like patchouli. They lather up well and rinse squeaky clean.

Beth and Brent had been working local festivals, including Jiggy Jam and Kaleidoscope, both in Kannapolis, when they happened across the building in China Grove for rent. Nine years ago, the couple and their children moved here from California, lured by the fact that family lives nearby. They raise chickens, turkeys and miniature horses at Shady Creek Hollow Farm in Kannapolis.

When Beth is not at the shop, she’s making soaps and other goodies, including ceramic beads, which are also sold at the store. The family is enjoying having a bit more room to roam, as opposed to being on a “postage stamp-size” lot in California, Beth says.“Everybody is so friendly,” Beth says. “We like the slower pace.”

Being in Downtown China Grove, Beth says, “is very nice. All the other businesses are so supportive. Everybody wants to see it work out.”“She’s got a beautiful shop,” says Tilda Corriher, who owns Corriher Springs Flower Shop across the street. “There’s lots of variety, and it smells so wonderful when you walk in.” “We are delighted to have Beth’s beautiful store in the downtown, and we hope she prospers here for a long time,” Carole Brooke.

Beth says the business is a bit seasonal, the busiest times of year being Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Old Town Soap Co. is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Its grand opening was Nov. 14, 2015.


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