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I survived Jazz Fest 2016!

Posted by Shae Thomas on

This year was my first time going to Jazz Fest. For those of you who don't know, Jazz Fest is one of the biggest music festivals in the country and certainly one of the biggest in the south. It brings in over 400,000 visitors each year and a list of local, national, and international food, music, and craft persons. I can't begin to explain the amount of planning that went into making sure I was prepared to get through three full days of vending. I had my mom working with me daily for several days. I had my dad (who has his own extremely busy pool business) folding soap boxes each evening. Even my older brother dropped in to help cut labels and package soaps. A lot of people forget how much energy and effort goes into each item I make. I design the labels myself, print, cut, and assemble each item. When you're talking about pouring 1500 bars of soap...it gets to be a lot. I couldn't have done it without the help of my family, but I'm just as happy that it was a success for my shoppers. It's always really exciting when I meet someone that "has been looking" for something I make. Many times people are just excited to treat themselves to wholesome body care like shea butter products. And then there are always those candle fanatics lol...All in all I had a great time (I mean my booth was right next to Janelle Monae, Maxwell, DJ Jubilee, and J. Cole -- I mean come on).

 

 


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2 comments

  • Hi Shae!

    I met you and your business at Bayou Boogaloo this year. I purchased the Almond Lip Love and Lavender deodorant. I purchased the lip balm because in the summer time nothing works on my lips and I sweat heavily but most deodorants I cannot use because they burn me severely.

    After 2 days I have to say I haven’t needed any more lip balm since my initial application right after I purchased it. My lips are super smooth, and my armpits are dry and odor-free. You just may have me for life!

    P.S. I just finished transitioning and my daughter is natural. I need to try that Hair Cream of yours?

    Meagan on
  • Hi Shae! I bought a bar of your soap at JazzFest and said, “Hi i’m a soapmaker too”. I make cold process soap exclusively and am very discriminating!! I do not have a business, it is more of a hobby (though I do sell a few bars here and there to friends).

    Anyway I wanted to say that I am impressed with the quality of your soap! I support soapmakers everywhere I go (I travel a lot and always visit local markets). I also am impressed with the integrity of your product. Believe me there are plenty of lame poser soap makers out there! You are definitely the real thing. I wish I had spent more time at your booth now that I see your other products on this website.

    You know how it is at Jazz Fest – crowded! My friend was walking off so it was all I could do to buy that one bar of soap. I’m a lip balm junkie (haven’t ever made it) so may buy some from you if the shipping is not too expensive.

    Good luck to you – i’ll visit you again at Jazz Fest if you are there again next year (I go every year). Best, Faith

    Faith on

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