It's been over a year since I last posted. Almost sounds like a 12 step program. A few things have happened since that last post. We moved from North Bend to Coos Bay. I've added TONS of new products and fragrances. We've made lots of new friends. Clay quit his job and we opened another shop in Old Town Florence, Oregon. Amy moved on to bigger and better. We've picked up a bunch of new stockists through Etsy Wholesale. Liam started First Grade.
We are running 2 storefronts, making everything from scratch, managing our wholesale accounts and our website... with just the two of us.
Just Clay and I.
It's wonderful. It's busy. We're grateful, lucky, tired, thankful, ecstatic, happy and did I mention tired?
Something has been affecting me at my very core lately. With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, I feel the need to express this feeling.
In this age of email and social media interactions, we can sometimes forget to be kind to each other. It's much easier to be mean via written communication vs in-person communication. I feel as though sometimes people forget that when they send an emotionally hostile message to a "brand", they forget that an actual person reads it. This person has feelings. This negativity affects them to their core.
We are a very small business run by 2 people. I personally, create and touch every single item that exists on our shelves. I add 110% of myself into our products. I am a person with feelings. I appreciate being spoken to like a person with feelings. Everyone does.
Let's all agree to live our lives by the most important Golden Rule:
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
This isn't written for the many but for the few who tend to forget to speak to others with empathy.
To the many: I am so grateful for your love and kindness. It is your love and kindness that fuels my creativity. Thank you.
The cat's out of the bag...we're moving our storefront from downtown North Bend, OR to downtown Coos Bay, OR. Why the move? A few reasons:
1. More space - about 600sq ft more
2. We live in Coos Bay - I can walk to work you guys!!!
3. Our little guy starts Kindergarten soon. The bus can literally drop him off in front of the new shop.
4. More parking and foot traffic in Coos Bay.
We love the new space but we have to put our own stank on it. It's carpeted (booooo!) so we had to remedy that with new laminate flooring. The paint colors weren't terrible but they also didn't fit my aesthetic. So that meant...painting. Ugh! With that said...I've been thoroughly enjoying the transformation. Wanna see some progress pics? Okie dokie... here they are:
We're in the final stretch. In a mere 14 days, we'll be opening in Coos Bay! Be sure to follow along with our progress on Instagram and Facebook. Speaking of Instagram...I'm slightly addicted to Instagram Stories. Check them out! They fully stole the entire concept from SnapChat but I love all things Instagram so I'll be utilizing that and saying farewell to SnapChat. Sorry little ghost dude...
So what's the deal with Canard Labs? Why choose such a random name? It is... but then it isn't. What you know of today's Canard Labs started off as Baby Duck Soap Co. in 2012.
When I started our business, I named it after the most important people in my life: my husband and son. My husband grew up with the nickname Baby Duck. Liam inherited the nickname when he was born. Naturally it only made sense at the time to name it after them.
Selling for the first two years as Baby Duck Soap Co. was interesting. Most people thought my products were only for babies or children. The biggest turning point was when I was accused of being a murderer at a local Oregon Marketplace. Apparently, someone thought that I was luring baby ducks into my home, murdering them, then turning them into soap. I wish this was a joke (and yes sometimes people would crack that joke) but this gal was quite serious. This prompted the rebrand to Canard Labs.
Why Canard? I wanted to keep the 'duck' in my name. Canard is French for duck! Labs makes sense since soap making is a blend of creativity and chemistry. Not to mention the science behind formulating all of the other products.
So there it is. The story behind the name. More importantly then what the name means is what goes into it's creation. I live and breathe every single design aspect of Canard Labs. Everything has been tweaked and well thought out. From the triple dots in the logo to the color coded dots identifying each product. I love what I've created just as much as I love my family. It's brought me clarity and happiness that I didn't know existed. I hope that when people lay their eyes on it, they see the same joy and love that I see.
I'm at home relaxing with my son, puppy and cat while watching Word World and reflecting on the past week. Oh my goodness so much has happened in such a short amount of time. Let's start with a West Elm update.
As you all know I just recently pitched West Elm in Portland. I was contacted at the beginning of the week to learn that I am scheduled to sell my products via pop-up on October 8th from 1-4pm!!! If you live in or around Portland, I'd love to see you there.
I've been busy adding a brand new baby line to the shop this week as well! The same booty butter and baby powder I used on my little guy is now available at the shop. I've made a very special soap fragranced with Lavender + Chamomile made with coconut milk formulated especially for wee ones. It's called Serene and I hope you love it as much as I do!
We've also added some amazing locally crafted, Eco-friendly wooden teething rattles made by Earnest Efforts. Soon I'll be adding handmade baby blankets, bibs and more to round out the collection.
But wait there's more... This week just keeps getting better and better! The newest member of the Canard Labs family started training this week. Her name is Amy and I'm elated that she's joined us in our quest to grow our business and build relationships with us. Amy is wicked smart, loves all things outdoors and lifting heavy stuff. She's witty with a side of snark and has already mastered the art of making bath bombs! You'll see her at the shop on Wednesdays and Fridays. Once she's ready, she'll be running the shop on Sundays when we transition to being open 7 days a week!! Be sure to stop by and say hi.
I'll leave you with the biggest piece of information this week:
WE ARE MOVING TO COOS BAY
We're so excited for the move. We live in Coos Bay so we're excited to be able to walk to work. We live our current spot and will miss our neighbors tremendously, but this move was one that made sense for our family. I hope that you'll be as excited as we are. We'll be closed the last two days in August as we move the shop over. We'll reopen in the new location on September 1.
About the Author
When Tanya isn't elbow deep in soap, keeping up with her son, working at the shop with her husband or drinking copious amounts of coffee: she's writing these blog posts. Read about Canard Labs products, bath and body tutorials & follow Tanya's random thoughts.