Winter hours Jan 2-April 1
“Once again your service is fantastic! I ordered soap for my daughter’s Christmas present late last week and it has already arrived – in advance of items purchased at the sale time from within the UK Keep up the good work”!
At The Soap Opera, you will find the best possible service, and widest possible choice of bathing items, grooming products, gifts, and more. In store you will be greeted by one of our friendly sales associates, here to help you find what you’re looking for! Your online or phone order is shipped quickly, products are of the highest quality, and we offer quantity discounts.
We also run on 100% green power in the shop and through our web server. We try to give back to the environment in many ways through our products and practices. You can read our blog HERE on how we run our business as green as possible.
We are always eager to communicate with you, and we are responsive to your needs. Every order passes through human hands, and is packed with care. Security on our site is the best available, and you are fully protected with our online processing service.
We are pleased to be helping YOU.
Thanks for your faith in us,
What Customers are saying:
“This is my first order with your website and I just wanted to say that I really like the way you have it set up. I was able to find exactly what I wanted for better prices than anyone else is offering and it is nice to know I am supporting a brick and mortar store in the process.”
“I just received my order of twelve bars of the Pears Soap that is a favorite in my household. I want to thank you for the good service and say that not only did I appreciate the discount price for quantity purchases, but I also enjoyed the two small samples of soap included in my order. In the past, I have ordered this in greater quantity from another vendor and I neither received any price break nor anything else with the order. While the samples you included may seem a small gesture to some, I consider it fun and thoughtful. I hope to order from you again in the future.”
“Just a little note to tell you that , since I have known your business, I have been very pleased with your services in the store and through my orders, your well organized way of handling everything and the care you show for your customers. Congratulations and all my thanks for a humane and in the same time rigorous approach of trade.”
” I attended a Scenting Party yesterday with a group of work friends. It was a super fun experience and the staff were very helpful and friendly. With their help, I created my own very perfume! I’ll definitely be going back to The Soap Opera!”
Founders Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith started by selling crafts on a blanket in Library Mall in the ’70s until March 3, 1972 when they opened their first “official location” — At 515 North Lake Street a three story, wood frame, Victorian rooming house offered a vacant hallway space 8 feet by 12 feet as a sort of alcove complete with steam radiator and a tall window onto a concrete backyard. The building owner was willing to take $30 a month for the space, and the appropriate building permit was granted at City Hall (during lunch hour) when no one seemed to notice that the coveted STAMP of Approval somehow fell onto two sheets of “blue book” paper showing primitive hand drawn plans.
One Year Later
A year later the building was torn down. Two weeks before Chuck and Chuck had spotted a slip of paper taped to a tiny, vacant storefront at 312 State Street. The almost illegible paper offered a phone number. Rent was the princely sum of $210 (exactly seven times their prior rent). Everybody took a chance, and three people signed a one page lease.
At this point another $600 investment was made, and more cobbled carpentry began.
On January 1st, 2016 the current owners, Sean and Stacey Scannell took the helm! They kept all the employees and product lines and quite frankly, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”