After very little sleep and a lot of extremely hard work, Kelley and Theodora (and the flock of fairies that had been called upon to lend a hand) finally finished their Extreme Shop Makeover and were ready for the Grand Re-Opening. The canvas was removed and the excited townspeople (who had been not so patiently awaiting this day) eagerly poured into the new shop. Having the presence of mind to realize that the two of them couldn’t handle both shops as well as teaching and creating products on their own, Theodora had called in reinforcements. As the crowds poured into the shop door, they were greeted by a half dozen smiling girls dressed identically in colorful dresses in sky blue and grass green colors. Each girl had a name tag pinned to her dress. An astute observer might have noticed that the girls bore a striking resemblance to Theodora and had names that were very “natural”… Ivy, Clover, Rose, Daisy, Fern, and Summer. However, there will little time for observing anything other than the wonder and delight of the new and improved Soapies.
The original shop had been turned into a resting room with several comfortable seating areas and tables set up for sipping tea and testing the variety of products the shop offered. Bright, colorful curtains draped the front window area, candles were cheerily burning from the center table, and the air was fragranced with the scent of sweet honey and meadow grass. The women ooohed and ahhed over the cozy room and Ivy was soon busy making future reservations for parties and private product testings.
But it was the huge new shop that really packed a WOW punch. The walls were lined with floor to ceiling sky blue and grass green shelving (cleverly matching the girls’ dresses) upon which soap and lotion ingredients were stacked. Along the middle of each shelf was a sign that stated which product(s) the ingredients could be used for. In all, there were 5 different shelves labeled with Soaps; Lotions; Balms, Salves & Ointments; Facial Cleansers; and Bathing Salts. Small stepladders were stowed next to the shelving and Clover, Rose, and Fern were busy scurrying up and down retrieving ingredients for customers.
In the middle of the room were rows of tables. Several of these were set up for classes and small demonstrations in soaping and lotion making were being given by Daisy and Summer. All benches were soon packed to capacity by a captivated audience, including a few men who ignored the teasing and giggling from the women around them and listened intently in fascination. The other tables were nearly groaning under the weight of a ton of bath and body products. Soaps in a rainbow of colors were stacked next to heavenly scented lotions, bath salts, lip balms and much more.
In the back of the room was a long counter with packing boxes and twine. Here customers could have their purchases boxed and delivered to their home or sent off to another address with the mail cart. Behind this counter, Kelley and Theodora had their hands full as throngs of buyers lined up and waited their turn to make purchases. On this counter were several sign-up forms for future classes and something called a Soap Gathering. It wasn’t long before the forms were full and multiple waiting lists had to be started. The new Soapies was a bonafide success!