I'M WRITING THIS FROM THE SKY! This week, Sue (our intrepid Wholesale Sales Manager, Alias: The Hook-up) and I are descending on Denver for the Western & English Sales Association (WESA) trade show, where we'll be cowboying* around with all the Western shop enthusiasts from the West Coast (and general...
This Friday, we're heading to Atlanta to be part of AmericasMart, the largest gift show in North America. It's really wild to even think about it... so wild that I scheduled a few day of us to be there in advance just in case we needed to race around and...
Every year, we encounter some major stock shortage for Christmas. We're a very small company, and only one person (Russ) makes our soap, so it happens.
Over the past few years, this business has taught me that in every problem is the seed of a better solution... so now, after I spend a few minutes (or an hour) kicking rocks and swearing, I diligently turn around to try to find the seed of the better solution.
Eventually, I hope to get that time down to zero minutes, because the kicking and cursing serves no functional purpose, but we're all human.
We don't "sell" soap.
Ok, yes, we do accept money in exchange for personal care products, but in terms of convincing people to buy something they don't want or need, we don't do that.
What we do -- or what we're trying to do -- is get our products in front of people whose lives will genuinely be enriched by our products, our spirit, and our energy. Because over the past four years, we have found that people really are enriched by our products.
OMG it's hard to believe I'm actually LEAVING tomorrow morning! Monday: Colfax, Virginia City, Bishop This is the first part of my trip. My plan in general is to go to a town first thing in the morning (or first-thing-in-the-morning as possible) and then visit all the stores before they...
It's no secret that we're HUGE fans of Bravo Farms, a roadside attraction both off the 99 in Traver, and off the I-5 in Kettleman City. Not only are they delightfully rustic, with a mix of new stuff and very cool antiques, but they also have a shooting gallery (bonus), goats (EXTRA bonus), chickens (HOLY SHITBONUS), and ridiculously good Bar-b-que.
Yeah, it's pretty much the best place ever.
It's not overstating even a little bit to say that having our products in the gift shop of The Autry Museum in Los Angeles is one of the greatest honors of my life.
Amazing, isn't it? Several of our gift sets are now sitting in possibly the greatest Western/cowboy museums in the world.
Earlier this month, I happened to be heading down to Los Angeles to go to a taping of a show for the author of You Are A Badass, which has been a very influential book in my life. As luck would have it (luck? Or the awesomeness of friends?), a couple friends had stopped by The Autry and suggested that they carry our products.
Because our customers are generally people who care about our business (which we very much appreciate), we periodically get questions about Outlaw Soaps on Amazon.
How much money do they take?
How does that work?
Do you fulfill the orders that get placed through Amazon?
I personally really love Amazon and use them to shop for random stuff all the time. We even ordered a new tail light for our Element! No one can argue that they're now a fully ingrained fixture in our lives...
I'm proud and excited to announce that you can now get Outlaw Soaps handmade soap, lotion, and lip balms (because HECK YEAH WHISKEY LIP BALM) in the Whole Foods in Folsom (yes, the Folsom where Johnny Cash was allegedly being held for killing a man in Reno, despite that being totally out of Folsom's jurisdiction), the Whole Foods in Campbell (which I don't think has anything to do with soup), and the Whole Foods in Monterey (which incidentally is the model of my first classic car, the Mercury Monterey).
For the third day in 35 days, I missed a blog entry Sunday, Monday, and yesterday.
It’s ok. I earned it.
Friday morning, we showed up at the Fort Mason Center and did a whirlwind bang-up job of getting our booth together. We arrived at 9 and Russ had to leave for a handyman gig at 10:30, so we had to HUSTLE.