EAST BEND — A new shop in East Bend will showcase unique items which hail from around Yadkin County. The Two Sheep Soap Company and Coffee Shop, located at 6518 Old U.S. Hwy. 421, features handmade all-natural soaps, refurbished furniture, handmade jewelry, crafts and more. The coffee is a new addition to the shop which has been open for two months now. A grand opening for the coffee shop is scheduled for Oct. 10.
The shop is owned and operated by Brittany Marler, who began making her own soap several years ago, due to her son’s allergies.
“We were paying a fortune for natural soaps,”Marler said. And so she decided to try her hand at making her own.
Her soaps are made using a variety of natural products like goats milk, shea butter, honey, aloe and hemp oil. She and her husband first opened a soap shop in Wilmington, but longed to find a location much closer to their Yadkin County home.
Not only does Marler make homemade soaps, salt scrubs and bubble bath, she and a friend also refurbish old furniture into unique pieces, which also can be purchased at the shop.
Aside from having a place to sell her own products, Marler said she really wanted a place where other local artisans could sell their wares without having to pay exorbitant consignment fees. She offers space in her shop at no charge for any artisan from Yadkin County to sell their handmade items. Canned goods like pickles and sauces, decorated wine bottles, jewelry and other unique crafts are all on display at the Two Sheep Soap Company.
“The community’s been really wonderful, they’ve been super supportive,” Marler said. After two months of operating the gift shop, Marler decided to begin serving coffee as well, as many in the community had requested it.
Being just a short distance away from Forsyth County, Marler said it’s a convenient location for folks to stop in and grab a cup of coffee on their way in to work in the mornings.
The shop will serve espresso-based drinks as well as regular brewed coffee using a local coffee brand Anchor, which is roasted in nearby Wilkesboro.
Marler said they also hope to do some fun events this fall like chicken stews.
More than anything, Marler said she is proud to provide a place for local artisans to showcase their products, and a place for area residents to buy unique gift items and more.
The Two Sheep Soap Company and Coffee Shop is open Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit www.twosheepsoapco.com or visit their Facebook page.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.