The Soap Cabin

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Rebel Pebble

Unfortunately we are going to be taking our products out of Rebel Pebble in Watford at the end of the month after a year of renting a shelf there. It has been great to have a bit of The Soap Cabin in a shop on the High Street, and we even got some new business out of it, but we haven’t really been making back our shelf rental, so we’ve decided it’s time to pull the plug for now 🙁

Watford has a strange High Street. It’s way too long and the footfall is heavily concentrated at the bottom end where you have Intu (formerly known as the Harlequin, as it will always be known by Watfordians!) and the monster-Tesco and other retail parks. Watford Market was also moved higher up the High Street and is now a fraction of the size, but well worth a visit. I ask lots of people if they’ve been to the New Watford Market and most don’t even know where it is or they say “I never walk that far up”. The top end where Rebel Pebble is has tended to be the restaurant, bar and clubbing part of the High Street, so lots of people just don’t wander up there for the purpose of shopping. Also, no-one goes to the library any more!

However, that end, I would argue, is the most interesting! There are lots of independent shops, the New Watford Market, the LP Cafe, a great photography studio, the new-look pond, a great pay-and-display car park and it’s just a short walk to the stunning Cassiobury Park!

We are looking at perhaps renting space at another crafty venue that has better footfall…will keep you posted! I was chatting with a lady at a BBQ the other day who mentioned I might be interested in some shops in Iver, but it turns out she meant empty shops. Not really up for renting an entire shop. *Sigh*

The Diary

We’re excited to have booked all of our Little Fox Market dates for the year, starting with Saturday 18th April (check out our Events Page), and we are also doing the Woodoaks Festival in Maple Cross and the Courtlands Residents Association Family Fun Day in Watford the Summer!

Our aim in 2013-2014 was not to be running all over the UK doing markets, but to concentrate on our regular Little Fox, along with a choice few Summer festivals, but even more so this year so as not to over-stretch ourselves as we do need to keep our shelf at Rebel Pebble stocked and exciting, plus we have some other projects in the background (like you do), plus online sales have picked up in the last six months, which is fantastic.

Being at an event is great for getting your name out there and meeting people. (I love chatting to people about skin!) However, a market takes out the entire day, plus the prep time beforehand, which although we really enjoy, can also be exhausting, so we don’t want to be occupied in that way every weekend when we also need to distribute our time amongst making products, the behind the scenes admin and of course coming up with new ideas! I know some business owners who rely solely on markets, so they need to be at everything, and perhaps their production is not as intensive as ours (not always the case!), but as much as we love them, we don’t want markets to be our main thing, if you get my gist.

Anyway, see you in Ricky on the 18th of April!

 

A Real Gem

At the end of last year, we were a bit unsure whether it was financially viable to continue to rent shelf space at Rebel Pebble in Watford, but we have managed to  negotiate a better fee, occupying less shelf space, so we are still there!

I’m really pleased, because I want to support the shop as it’s a real gem in a town centre full of chains, plus it’s somewhere creative, fun and different. It reminds me a bit of the Craft Kiln in Charlestown, near St Austell in Cornwall, which sells items made by local people, such as hand painted glass, natural skin care, hand sewn homewares, art pieces and much more, except Rebel Pebble has the added extra of a large downstairs gallery/workshop space. Do pop in and check it out!

Rebel Pebble, 98 The Parade, High Street, Watford WD17 1AW

Opening Times:

Tues – Wed: 09:00–17:30

Thurs: 10:00–18:30

Fri – Sat: 09:00–17:30

Sun: 11:00–16:00

 

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