Rosegirls Opening Day!
Hubby and I went to Oshkosh this morning for the opening day of the Rosegirls Boutique. It's about a half hour drive from our house to their shop but it's in a city that hubby is well familiar with because he worked there many years. Because I'm a baby about driving in unfamiliar territory, hubby drove. I totally blanked and forgot to take pics of the outside of the shop so I snapped these three crappy ones as we were driving by when we left.
Looking at the side of their building, from the stop sign at the corner. You can sort of see their little Rosegirls sign poking out in front, above the lights.
Quickly snapped pic from a moving vehicle . . . the front of the shop. At least you can see the sign in this one!
Another moving vehicle quick pic of the front of the shop. Just missed their painted front window (on the far left). Oh, I hadn't noticed the light JOY sign in the window! Cute.
Inside is tiny. There is one very small room for the actual shopping area, and then behind a curtained doorway is what looked like a bigger area where the work is probably done. And there you have owner/crafter Jenny Oaks, who gave me permission to take pics but I don't know if she knew she'd be in one. LOL! That is the little checkout counter she's standing behind. As you can see, many many many bags of wax in many scents. On the shelves that are blocked from view in this pic, there were more bags (I think), and some baskets of cookies and pies, and a few more scent shots.
Yes, I said . . . scent shots!! I was absolutely thrilled to see those little guys! There were only a handful of basic scents though, none of the blends. There were some jars of scoopable wax on one shelf. Right there next to the counter is a three tiered stand containing cookies and pies.
These are the shelves that are on the right side of the above picture. More bags of chunks over here, along with more baskets of cookies (and pies?). And you see the loaves! Over on the left side, upper shelves are those white jars. Those are the shower creams and body butters from Mad City Sue. I had thought there would be scrubs, and I asked about that, but was told they only had these items. I don't know if they'll have scrubs at some point?
This side of the room had the other crafted things like jewelry and scarves and I'm not sure what else because I did not give this area barely any attention. Bad me! I was so involved in wax sniffing though!!
Yep, I took a pic of the price board. I knew I'd never remember the prices of things, and also thought I could show everyone, to see how they compare to the website. Are they the same prices? I don't even know because I've never ordered from the website. Scents shots are $1.50 though, and boy do I wish they had more of those!
MCS Etsy shop as 'Candy Cane – Blend of smooth peppermint and vanilla sugar. Vanilla Bean Noel type -- fresh vanilla beans, warm caramel and rich cream on a base of musk and tonka beans.' Upon sniffing, I mainly get the Noel, with only a hint of mint. Still, that's pretty yummy, and I can't wait to try this. I've never tried anything from Mad City Sue, even though I've been aware of her stuff since back in my own soap days. (This 4 oz. jar costs $6.50 in the Rosegirls shop.)
The whole Facebook group connection was funny. Quite early in our visit, Jenny had asked something like how we'd found them. I said I was part of the Facebook group so I knew all about it. I hadn't even had much more the 'F' of Facebook out of my mouth before she was smiling and nodding. She said she kinda figured most people who stopped today would be Facebook people because they had not done any advertising at all. Then she asked my name and I said Deb. She smiled, "Ohhhh, Eng . . . Engel . . . " and I finished for her, "Engebretson, yep." That was cool that she knew because I am not very active at all in that group. She asked if Rebecca was coming and I was like "Uhhhh, I don't know," because I really don't know any of the group people. (Well, besides my own bloggy friends who also happen to be in the group.) She said "Oh, I thought . . . " and never really finished her thought. Turns out the Rebecca in the group has a last name very similar to Engebretson! That was funny to see when I got home and did some checking.
So several minutes of browsing and sniffing and chitchatting go by and then co-owner/co-crafter Kathy comes out and says I need to get my picture taken. She said they wanted to get pics of all the Facebook friends that stopped in. She asked if hubby wanted to be in it and I said he *had* to be in it, and had to show off his Vikings because everyone knows us by that. Kathy laughed and said they had relatives in Minnesota. Yay for Minnesota! And then our ugly picture was posted on the Rosegirls page along with other people who had popped in.
Now that we're home and it's later in the day and I'm seeing all the haul pics starting to pop up on the Facebook page, I'm wishing we'd bought more. But oh well, this leaves hubby something to work with as far as Christmas shopping. Hehe!