We're No Stinkin' Outlaws — colfax

| Danielle Vincent

Made in the USA, part 3

To recap: - We are based in a very small town that was hit hard by The Recession (Colfax, California). - The money from our business supports local economic recovery, since we are hiring local people and spending at local businesses. - Because of some complications of "manufacturing" in the historic district, our future in Colfax has been uncertain. - In the interest of letting you know your impact in the world, I figured you might be interested in the developments of our business in the rural city. After a lot of deliberation, we have decided to try to keep our business in Colfax, while also moving our production to a more industrial area in a nearby town, Grass Valley, California.

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| Danielle Vincent

Colfax, California: how things are going in our small town

Because this struck such a nerve, I didn't want to leave you hanging about the outcome of this situation. I was at the City Council meeting last week, and I will likely attend all future City Council meetings until the end of the line. The fact is that we're still kind of hanging in terms of the outcome of the situation. I have no real news or updates. I'm hoping no gnus is good gnus in this case.

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Made in the USA: What it's like to have a small business in rural America.

Outlaw Soaps is based in Colfax, California.When we first told people that we wanted to start a soap company and move to a small town, we heard a lot of negatives:"People will be all up in your business.""People in town won't accept you.""Aren't you more of a desk type?"And then when we selected Colfax, on the first Transcontinental Rail Line, in Gold Country, we heard many other negatives:"I hope you're not planning on having a retail business. There just isn't enough business here.""California regulations are going to kill you.""Those people aren't going to buy artisan soap." This past couple weeks have been particularly rough on our little business (and employees), so to honor what we're going through. and also to share a little insight into what small business ownership is like, I wanted to tell you a little about our experience: the challenges, the unlikely friends, and where we are...

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What comes around goes around

We moved to Colfax for selfish reasons: we love the mountains and especially love the Gold Country. But we also were excited to bring our business to this little town. We knew we wouldn’t get a lot of business from locals, but between the online and wholesale customers, and my side job with Mozilla, we thought we could probably scrape by.

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Howdy, Ruth!

Russ and I are very excited to introduce Ruth, our newest honest-to-goodness Customer Service and Fulfillment Manager! We're just amazed she found us, and is such a perfect fit for our company. Her cover letter is a real masterpiece (and also gives a lot of information about her, with relation to the job we posted), so she said it was ok if I just copied and pasted it: ... (seriously, you gotta read this)

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Colfax: 2,000 people, zero stop lights

When I used to talk about moving to a small town, people would tell me it sounded romantic, but probably was going to drive me crazy as soon as I moved. I'm happy to report that counter to those people's opinion, moving to a little town has been absolutely amazing! Since we tend to get the same questions / hear the same assumptions, I figured I'd make a micro-FAQ about Colfax life:

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| Danielle Vincent

Tales from the Store: Fear the Hills

Now that we have a store, I hope this will be the first of many amazing tales I hear in my amazing days of meeting customers. Though I heard many fantastic stories this week, one stood out as by far the most interesting. I'm sure you'll agree. Murder, Pills, Subterfuge, Retribution.

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Grand Soapening and the new store!

Some big news happened since the beginning of this month and I haven't said ANYTHING about it here on the blog. This is actually quite insane, but the reason is because we have been working our tails off and haven't been able to sufficiently focus on the store, the grand soapening, or even maintaining regular hours. It may surprise you to know that opening a retail store hasn't ever been a big dream of ours. But...

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