Old Fort Soap Company: A Necessary Luxury
Dec10

Old Fort Soap Company: A Necessary Luxury

If a “necessary luxury” sounds like an oxymoron to you, you’re right. And apparently that’s why Old Fort Soap Company is making such a name for themselves. Talk to anyone who has used their products and it’s likely you’ll hear them tell you that they just can’t go back to anything else. I can’t even say that I was surprised when two (very manly) men at JK O’Donnell’s hovered over my Old Fort bag filled to the brim with soaps, lotions, and chapsticks searching for their favorites…and then began to barter with me on how they could get me to bring them some. It’s true, Old Fort Soap Company mixes up something special each time they create a fresh batch of their all-natural products. To say I have become a tad obsessed with them would be a bit of an understatement.  My first encounter with Gary Birch and Hagan Amburgey was this summer when I wrote a story about their business for my Barr Street Market Vendor Series.  At the time, I was hooked on a high priced bath and body boutique that made “natural” products. You still won’t hear me complain about the delicious soaps I continuously drained my wallet for each month. But, Gary and Hagan introduced me to something pretty awesome made right here in my own city. Not only are their products half the price of my other brand, they have met every expectation my demanding (and ever-so slightly aging) skin requires. Months later, my bathroom smells like a plethera of scents from lavendar to sandalwood. It’s not just soaps that have me hooked.  As a chapstick hoarder, their beeswax lip balms are in my car and all ten of my purses (clearly, I have more than one addiction here…) I use their giant bath bombs to fill my bathtub on nights when I just need to relax.  They fizz and bubble and the fragrance is literally an explosion of aroma that fills my whole room. Even their natural laundry detergent is to die for.  I love the fresh linen scent and they can be used in all types of washers. To be honest, I was hesitant to use the detergent at first. I mean, these are my clothes we’re talking about here. But at $5 for 64 loads, I was convinced to give it a try. My clothing is fresh, clean and there are no chemicals to break down the fabrics. At the risk of sounding too much like a commercial, I’ll move on.  There is more to Old Fort Soap Company than just their expertly made goods, and this is probably what makes...

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Vintage: Sip, Savor and Select at the Embassy Theatre
Nov19

Vintage: Sip, Savor and Select at the Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre is hosting its 2nd annual Vintage Wine tasting on November 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Sip, Savor and Select ticket sales ($30 each, available at the Embassy Theatre box office and at Ticketmaster) benefits the Embassy Theatre and is co-sponsored this year by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI). Just in time for the holiday season, there will be several varieties of wine to taste and purchase for all of your holiday entertaining and gift giving needs.  A bottle engraver will be onsite if you’d like to personalize any bottles for gift giving. Featured winemakers include Frances Ford Coppola,  Banfi Vintners, Seghesio Family and many more. As if sampling fermented grapes wasn’t enough to make your Thursday special, Club Soda and Catablu will be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres and DeBrand Fine Chocolates will be offering samples as well.  The Embassy Theatre is offering tours throughout the theatre, giving guests the opportunity to experience the theatre like never before.  Pictures will be taken onstage and for that extra touch of glamour, Von Maur is providing Chanel Beauty Advisors to provide touch-ups prior to your exclusive photo shoot. Ticket sales are limited and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com; charge by phone (800-745.3000) or directly at the Embassy Theatre box office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6...

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