The entire existence of Canard Labs, from its roots as a small apothecary brand built out of a small 2 bedroom apartment to the 2400 square foot retail storefront it has become, has been birthed from a series of coincidences, happy accidents ... happenstance.
We love our shop. The happiness it brings us in the community that we love. We're gearing up to do an insane amount of wholesale with Canard Labs. This led us to a hand-full of conversations concerning the direction of our storefront. We have some customers who love everything that we make as well as the other handmade gifts we stock the shop with. Some customers only purchase Canard Labs while others will only purchase the handmade gifts.
In a world of Amazon and big box stores, we want to offer a unique handmade shopping experience in our shop. We are planning on expanding our stationary, baby and gift lines while adding handcrafted provisions. Things you can't find at Fred Meyer or WalMart. By August 2018 we will be changing the name of our brick and mortar shop to:
A large portion of the shop will still be focused on our Canard Labs product. We will still be offering all of your favorites. We're just going to be adding a TON of new handmade gifts. Expect to see an expanding Men's Line, Baby Line, Stationary Line and a new line of Delicious Provisions.
Be sure to follow along with the process over at our Happenstance Collective Instagram Account. Take a peek at some of our new products below.
Have you noticed all of the changes we've been making lately? It's all because we are ready to take on the world of wholesale in HUGE way this year. We've already tackled a few handfuls of shops and boutiques across the country. Check out where you can find our products here. Look for our products soon in Bailey's Health Food Center in North Bend, Oregon and Paper Birds Boutique in Anacortes, WA.
We revamped our wholesale catalog and freshened up our wholesale websites. Do you have a favorite shop that you might want to see us in? Drop us a line here and we'll introduce ourselves.
We've been working hard and switching out our old look for our new one. Adding new products and retiring others. Speaking of new products, we have just added a new line of mostly organic lightweight lotions. Find our new lotions here. Over the next week or two we will be adding products to our Skin Care and Perfume Categories. Including some of the beauties below (our body + linen sprays) repackaged and polished with our new label designs.
We are looking forward to what the rest of this year brings. Thank you guys so much for sticking with us and rolling with all of these changes!
Tanya, Clay + Liam
For anyone that knows me well, they know that I am not a patient person. If I have an idea that pops into my head I have to follow through and make it happen immediately. Interestingly enough, I’ve been VERY patient for the last few weeks. Well... as patient as I have ever been.
We’ve known since December that we needed to make a soap packaging change. Our paper wrap was an okayish bandaid. In addition to the soap packaging tweak, I’ve been itching to update the look and feel of our brand. Let’s not forget that we are in the process of swapping out our plastic containers with more sustainable, eco-friendly options. We’ve chosen to make these changes during the leanest time of the year. Because why not?
Starting next week, we will be switching over our old look to our new updated look. We’ll be rephotographing our products and redesigning our wholesale catalog as well.
Not only do I lack patience but I’m also a bit of a control freak. I stepped outside of my comfy cozy comfort zone and hired an incredible graphic designer to rework our logo and design soap packaging for us. (Her name is Riley. Find out more about her here). I designed the watercolor splashes but then she did the rest. More importantly she simplified our logo. I’ve been over complicating them for years. Adding too much color when I already had a ton of color in my label designs. Check out the evolution of our logos below.
It felt pretty great to let go of a little bit of control. I’m really happy with where we’re headed this year. I’m so glad that you’ve stuck by our side through all of these changes. It means the world to us. Thank you ❤️
The first couple of months in a new year has traditionally been ‘slower’. Slow is relative. We’ve been keeping busy but we’re not as busy as we were in December. So during these slower times, I tend to focus on restocking, adding new products and reevaluating all things during a year to year comparison.
Thanks to Clay, we have an insane amount of wrapped backstock. It feels pretty wonderful to pop in the back and know that we have TONS on our shelves.
As far as new products are concerned, I’ve gone a little crazy. Everything from massage oils, shampoo bars, makeup and skin care has been tackled. Not to mention, we are making the switch from plastic packaging to glass/ paperboard in 2018.
Each year I evaluate every tiny aspect of our business. Starting with the products the sell (and the ones that don’t) all the way to day-to-day operations of the shop.
So far, I’ve only decided to bid farewell to our Herbal Tea Lotions. They are not very popular. I just can’t justify their cost or their shelf space. Once they’re gone, they’ll be gone for good. That’s cool though, I’m in love with the new facial oil so there’s that.
Probably one of the biggest changes amongst the plethora of changes in 2018 will be our brand new hours of operation. This change will take place on March 1, 2018. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while now. Liam is getting older and we want to be able to spend some quality family time with him... together. Which means... we will be closed on Mondays starting in March. We chose our slowest day of the week. We appreciate your support and love so much. We can’t wait to see what huge things 2018 has in store for us all.
Love and Bubbles,
Tanya, Clay & Liam
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.