Myself, left, and Kathy
Back in the summer of 1957, my cousin, Kathy, and I were working as Santa's helpers at Santa's Village here.
Fast forward years later, after marriages and children,
Kathy tells the story of her daughter, Andrea, watching the movie "Practical Magic",
and stating the fact that she was going to be a soap maker some day...
...and, true to her words, her dream was realized and
Wild Thyme Botanicals was born.
Andrea, left, and her mom, Kathy
After graduating college,
Andrea set up shop in her mom's garage.
She is solely responsible for coming up with her own particular formulas.
She mixes up all the scents and colors, pours the molds, cuts the bars
and wraps all with her own special labels.
The tools for making soap
Kathy applies the pressed botanical designs on all shapes and sizes of bottles
that can be filled with sweet smelling lotions and potions.
Andrea ships her products all over,
has clients in some hotels, one as far away as North Carolina.
She also produces lip balms, lotions, aromatherapy items, and beautiful sweet smelling soy candles.
She sells at fairs and shows and her products can be found on Overstock.com and Amazon.
Now she has opened her own retail storefront
with facilities on site for manufacturing, and has plans for holding classes also.
Tami and I went to the grand opening of Andrea's shop
and are so proud of how hard she has worked to make her long ago dream come true.
Thank you, Andrea, for inviting us,
and it was so good to see all of you
and, as they say in Victoria magazine, you have found your bliss.
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