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What had we done?!?Just like that, Mark and I took the leap of faith together, rented the space at 74 Main Street on a handshake with the landlord, and fully committed to making a go of it in the soap and sundry business. Only then did we realize we’d better learn to make soap…   This is where Michelle came back in to the story. We reached out and explained our plan and she invited Mark for a visit. We had a few very short weeks to absorb all the information, knowledge, wisdom and experience we possibly could. Over enough...

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Rising From the Ashes

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The interior of 74 Main St., Bisbee Soap & Sundry, in preparation for opening day  Stress was high and Mark finally threw in the towel. He was done with the industry, and I didn’t blame him in the least. Suddenly unemployed, Mark was concerned about the future. One night, we were rattling around the kitchen, and Mark asks, "What are we going to do?" Immediately and out of nowhere, I respond, "Let's open a soap store!" (In retrospect, that thought must have been dancing around my subconscious since Aunt Michelle's "care package" arrived, because it came out so naturally, and...

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Raising the Bar...

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Word spread fast, and the BBQ business was booming! Bisbee couldn't get enough of Mark's slow smoked goodness. I had worked my way up the ranks and I was managing the bar and working the weekend night shifts. Business was great! The building that houses the bar is large and historic, and at that point, had quite a bit of underutilized space. Perhaps inspired by the success of Mark's BBQ operation, the bar owner decided to develop one of the spaces by building an industrial kitchen and dining room. Mark and I spearheaded the operation and helped to establish the...

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The Courtship of Heady Lather

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Mark Pierce, Co-Owner Bisbee Soap & Sundry. Photograph by L.A. Wells And what a kiss it was! 

In that instant, we transformed from drinking buddies to partners. We were giddy with romance and everything felt right in the world.
Shortly thereafter, I contacted my aunt, Michelle. She owns Nature’s Emporium in Taos, New Mexico, a purveyor of fine soaps, lotions, and other intoxicating potions. “I have a new gentleman friend. He appreciates fine soap.” Days later, a box of the finest smelling soap ever arrived in my mail box! This was the first introduction of artisan soap into our relationship.I should mention,...

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Once Upon a Time

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Amber Avery-Pierce, co-owner Bisbee Soap & Sundry. Photo by Zoya Greene Our story continues...  My name is Amber Avery-Pierce, and I was born in Bisbee, Arizona. For those of you who have not had the pleasure to visit or make it your home, Bisbee is a postcard-pretty, small town of around 5,000 people within a stone’s throw of the Mexican border.  Bisbee wasn’t always small. Back in its heyday, it was one of the largest cities west of the Mississippi due to its significant copper mining operations. In the 1970s, mining came to a halt, and by all rights, Bisbee...

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