Until spring 2020, Bubbles and Beauty Boutique owner Shari Nirshl handcrafted and sold three of her product lines in the same location, a gray shop at 18 B St. NE in downtown Auburn.
But following the impact of Covid and government health orders banning inside, Nirschl sticks his nose into a soapstone and still stays behind the scenes, making handmade soaps, personal care products and boutiques, as well as focusing his sales on a small retailer. store.
Today, an Auburn businesswoman is gearing up to move bubbles, beauty and everything else all over East Maine to a new location – a former Rotterer’s clothing and footwear store. However, Bubbles and Beauty Boutique will reopen there in October or November as a market for manufacturers, Nirschl said. She is currently looking for vendors and artisans who want to sell their handicrafts at the new facility, which will be called Rose’s Makers Market and will be open five to seven days a week.
It’s important to note that this change will allow live, dynamic customers to come and check things out again.
The Maggie’s Bath House collection is a tribute to the Portland, Oregon woman who taught Nirschl how to make her own soap, offering soap cubes, soap dough, bath ice cream, shower gel, loofah lozenges, soap cupcakes, bath butter, bath cream body, body products. Lotion and body lotion.
Looks cute, but don’t eat those goodies. Don’t surprise the kids either.
Nirschl’s Black Bird Botanicals pharmacy bath line includes handmade 100% pharmacy goat milk soap, shaving and foot care products packed in a tiny muslin pouch.
pharmacist? How’s it going? Sounds like the shop in Bell, Book and Candle from the 1958 witch movie starring Jimmy Stewart, Elsa Lanchester and Kim Novak.
And finally, Verbena Botanicals, made up of 100% handmade goat milk soap, milk gel and serum.
“I like what I do. That’s why I’m building the Maker Marketplace. I enjoy helping other small businesses grow. This gives me the opportunity not only to sell my stuff, but also to help other small businesses,” she says. “Now I have a business event in the Puget Sound area and all the vendors are very excited. Hosting and spending a full day at the event and then unpacking it with years of craftsmanship is a lot of work.”
“It’s hard to be a construction business and an artisan because you can’t be in two places at the same time. It gives different artisans the opportunity to have their products in one place. It will be staffed so everyone is in the same Checkout registry. They don’t need to sell their product here, they can continue to operate in other markets at the same time,” Nirschl said.
Nirschl’s father, Dennis Nirschl, was a auburn boy who grew up in Kent. Shari graduated from Kent Meridian High School in 1991 with a degree in cosmetology and she will work in the field for several years, first locally and then in Arizona.
Met the aforementioned Maggie and Maggie’s husband Harold at an exhibition of outstanding soap makers, made friends and introduced her to the craft she now does.
In fact, at the invitation of the generous Maggie, who taught her all about soap making and shared her recipes, she became the owner of their Portland store before moving to Auburn.
Nirschl first named her Auburn store Verbena Botanicals, but said she needed to make changes.
“People were confused by this, so I created a new business name, Bubbles and Beauty Boutique, which is a generic term for all three product lines,” Nirschl said.
Running a business comes naturally to the King County native who comes from a long list of entrepreneurs on both sides of the family.
Her grandfather, Herman Nierschl, sold mudguards along the I-5 corridor in the early decades of the 20th century and raised his family, including Shari’s father Dennis, on a farm west of Auburn Way North. Over time, the family turned the farm’s rectangular barn into a business called South King Furniture. A few years later, when the family sold the furniture business, the place became known as Poulsbo Motorhomes, and later as a successful exhibition center.
On her mother’s side, her grandfather, Derwin Tafte, was a shoe repairman and owner of Kent Shoe Repair. When the grandfather died while still a young man, Taft’s daughter and her husband took over the business. As they grew up, they opened Village Square in a former barn that turned a furniture store into a Poulsbo-RV turned exchange meeting.
On her grandmother’s side, one of her uncles was the original owner of Sam’s shoe repair shop in downtown Auburn. Years later, when the uncle sold the business, the buyer retained Sam’s name, which held for years until the buyer’s son closed the store during the pandemic. Today, these are the offices of the co-op in downtown Auburn.
“None of us knew how to do anything else,” Nirschl said. “It’s always been difficult for us to work for others.”
Lea Hill resident Nirschl hangs out with her 1.5-year-old granddaughter Juliana, daughter of Tasondra’s daughter, when she can’t reach her neck with soap and other remedies.
Post time: Sep-23-2022