“I have a poodle, so I make shampoo bars for my dog,” said Denise Grundler, owner of Pure Goodness Bath and Body Shoppe. It isn’t her top seller, but “I do have some good, loyal customers who like to pamper their dogs.”
What is the top seller? “Without a doubt, it has been the bath bombs,” said Grundler. “I’ve been selling on average 80 bath bombs every Thursday (at Thursdays on First & Third). My daughter is here making more right now.”
Pure Goodness Bath and Body Shoppe always has a soap of the month. July’s is Tropical Splash. Grundler made it with two different shades of blue to represent water and two different shades of orange to represent the sunset. Its scent is pineapple-coconut.
Apparently, once one goes goat with their soap, they do not go back. Once Grundler introduced goat soap into her lineup thanks to a friend bringing over some goat milk. It became so popular that she had to buy her own goat. The goat lives on a friend’s farm. Her friend milks the goat and in exchange receives all the free soap she wants.
Pure Goodness Bath and Body Shoppe products can be found at the Nakomis Farmer’s Market, Fort Ridgley Historical Site Gift Shop in Fairfax, at Ace Hardware in Farmington, and online at www.puregoodnessmn.com. She is in the beginning steps of looking for a storefront location.
“I call this my accidental business,” she said “I had customers before I had a business.”
Glass, Metal, Clay and Fire
Diana Hanke’s created art using many mediums during her life.
“I am always doing some kind of art,” said Hanke, who first planned to become an architect when she started college and then became an art teacher. Hanke spent 40 years teaching art, 20 of them in the Rochester School District.
At Thursday on First & Third, Hanke is selling her fused glass, brazed metal and clay jewelry, along with sun-catchers, candle holders, and a variety of plates and dishes. After a year away from the street festival, she’s glad to be back.
“I just love the atmosphere,” she said. “It’s nice to talk to lots of people. In lots of cities they have one art or craft fair a year.” Thursdays on First & Third is held a dozen times per year.
“It’s something the community has really taken to,” she said. “Fifteen thousand people a week. It’s amazing to me.”
Both her glass and brazed jewelry creations begin with some designing and drawing. With glass, she cuts out each piece of glass with each color separate.
“Then you lay out your design and fire them in a kiln to fuse them together,” she said, the art teacher in her shining through as she explains her process.
With her brazed jewelry, “when I’m ready to put it all together, I use a torch. It’s like mini-welding. After that, I polish it and then I take metal stamps and stamp designs into the piece.” Then she puts a patina on it and polishes it.
Hanke has been working with metal for about 10 years and with glass for eight years.
“Right now, I like the glass — I’m really having fun with it,” she said. “I was just reading about a new technique. There are some new things I want to try.”
Her Glass, Metal, Clay and Fire booth will be at Thursdays on First & Third July 16, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 27. Hanke also has a booth at the Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show every year.