For more than six years, handmade. la conner has provided high-quality beauty and household items all crafted by hand. Located in the heart of downtown La Conner, customers can purchase items in the store, online, or in any of the 275 stores around the country that carry handmade. la conner products.
Inside the bright, heavenly-scented retail shop are shelves of bottles organized by fragrance and product type, as well as select handmade items including greeting cards, purses, kimonos, and jewelry. To see just how “handmade” everything is, you can peek into the production kitchen where employees are hard at work. If you have a question,ask! The staff is happy to explain the process.“It is important to me that customers are able to see that everything is made here,” says owner Robyn Bradley. “In the production kitchen, you can see us measuring, melting, stirring, pouring, and labeling all by hand.”
Bradley’s journey began more than 11 years ago. In need of products that didn’t irritate her skin, she first developed unscented laundry soap. Soon, friends were asking to buy it. When she lost a job during the 2009 economic crisis, these same friends encouraged her to turn her talent into a business. She did, and it grew from there. Along with a staff of 12, she has two adorable but shy rescue dogs, Henrietta and Winston, who like to give high fives for treats.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
For everyday household items, you’ll find laundry soap (16 ounces, $12), all-purpose cleaner, dishwashing soap (16 ounces, $14), and handwashing soaps (8 ounces, $14). For bath and body,you can peruse bath salts (16 ounces, $24), bar soaps, body washes, body scrubs ($20), lotions (8 ounces, $18), body mists (4 ounces, $20), and a skincare line that includes night creams, cleanser, toners, and masks.
The store truly has something for everyone. New moms will appreciate the magnesium lotion (8 ounces, $22) and diaper cream (2 ounces, $10). Outdoor enthusiasts can get their hands on natural bug-bite balm (1/2 ounce, $6) as well as bug and tent spray (4 ounces, $12). Gentlemen can spruce up their look with shave soap, body scrub, styling balms, and waxes. Shoppers with a sense of humor will enjoy the new Sweary line, a collection of cocktail-inspired products with irreverent labels.If you’re on the lookout for stocking stuffers, the store also has a great collection of cute notepads, candles, and pottery. 106 1st. St., La Conner,360.214.2415, handmadelaconner.com
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