Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, personal stuff). My name is Stephanie Zara and Bella & Oliver Soap Co. is based in Swannanoa, NC. When Im not busy making soap youll probably find me and my husband, John, at a live music show somewhere in town.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?
I remember making a mask for art class back in grade school.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? Im inspired by the other great crafters and makers right here in Asheville. Its such a vibrant community that makes everyone feel welcome.
What are your favorite materials? I really love working with alternative materials when making soap. Things like beer and coffee are not only delicious to drink, but are great for your skin, too!
Any tips for selling handmade stuff? Get out there and participate in every craft show, art fair, and farmers market possible.
Apart from creating things, what do you do? I love spending time out on the river with my two spaniels, Bella and Oliver.
Besides Etsy, do you sell anywhere else? We are also active in the Asheville tailgate market scene. Additionally, you can find our products at Duncan & York in downtown Asheville.
What do you love about BeesWax? Beeswax helps us integrate e-commerce at a fraction of the cost of other similar services, with great customer service.