Local Artisan Opens Up Shop In Des Moines

If you’ve visited local farmers markets or craft shows in the south sound region, you’ve likely met Emily Davis, the artisan soap maker of self-titled Emily’s Handmade Soaps. While Davis said she loves the farmer’s market circuit, she also is very excited for the grand opening of her Des Moines brick and mortar store.

“With the grand opening just over a week away I’m feeling absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude,” she said. “My family, friends, and community have been so incredibly supportive of my business from the beginning.”

Shoppers will still find an array of Davis’ artisan soaps, body butters, and bath bombs–made with earth clays, botanical ingredients, oils, and butters for a vegan-focused bathing experience–which they have grown accustomed to finding at local markets.

Additionally, Davis said she’s partnering with other local makers to promote a buy local ethos. The shop will carry candles from Seattle-based company, Big Dipper Waxworks, along with loose leaf tea from B. Fuller’s Mortar & Pestle with plans for other local and handmade gifts and goodies added in the coming months.

Davis said one of her primary goals is to contribute to the economy of her hometown.

“I hope that my shop will be just one more reason for people to discover the hidden coastal gem (known as) Des Moines and I’m so thankful to be a part of a business that people are excited to see coming into our town,” she said.

Though Davis endeavors to get lots of foot traffic in new store, she’s still not ready to part with the markets and craft shows that made her a star artisan in the south sound. At least not yet.

“It’s important to me to continue to be a part of the communities that helped to make Emily’s Handmade Soaps successful,” she said. “Not to mention the (Des Moines and Renton) markets have incredible variety and so many fun activities for families. What could be better than getting to hang out in a positive, festival-like atmosphere in my hometown while “working” doing something that I love?

The shop’s grand opening is slated for Nov 12th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 709 South 219th Street in Des Moines.

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