Goodbye summer, hello Fall. One of our favorites actually, here in Minnesota. Although we savor the heat while we can get it, the beauty of Fall in northern Minnesota is one of the best in the nation. With the holidays being shortly upon us, we reflect on all of the things that make us thankful for those we care about and the sweet smell of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, with soft white snow flakes glistening like diamonds after dark.
We thank you for supporting our business that prides itself on products proudly made and packaged in the USA. We always like to remind our valued customers this time of year, that in order to make filling your shelves with reorders seem seamless, we suggest ordering at least 2-3 weeks prior to when you think you will be needing more items. This allows for the volume we experience Sept. through December, and transit times as well. Keep your display looking healthy at all times as this also shows an increase in sales. We thank you for your continued business this year and look forward to many more!
We recently had a wholesale submission from a fellow Minnesota native and a mom entrepreneur that is Head Peace Head Bands. Although Swanky Sweet Pea does not retail other products out of our facility, we thought this was too awesome to not share with OUR retailers that might be interested in supporting this cool company and offering their customers something too good to pass up. They are in over 250 retailers, gyms and studios across the United States. Contact them today for your wholesale opportunity or snatch one up at www.headpeaceheadbands.com
-"HeadPeace headbands are designed by me and made by a socially-ethical manufacturer that empowers the most marginalized in society to fresh starts and fulfilled lives"
No we're not name calling! It's the all time favorite Gift Set you will absolutely want to stock your shelves with not only year round, but this Holiday season for sure! Sassy Pants has 3 types of fun and fruity 4 oz. bombs,
Dirty Girl has 3 styles like Kinky Karma, Pink Panties, and Bored Housewife. Most of all, one of the biggest sellers "Man Bomb" gift set, has manly favorites like Leather, (staff favorite) Black Amber Musk and Walk in the Woods. All are loaded with a perfect blend of shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil. If a man tells you they hate taking a bath, they're probably lying. So why not give an excuse to get them in the tub without having to worry about smelling like a woman. . .These are not just popular with the guys, women are going in the direction of using more masculine scents these days as well.
One of our most popular bombs? Hippie Chick, a mix of patchouli and herbs. Along with our Petite Pot Trio gift set, these silver back gift sets are a MUST HAVE this holiday season. As much as we hate to admit it, starts sooner than you think. We look forward to serving you this holiday season and are looking forward to the best year yet! It's the all time favorite Gift Set you will absolutely want to stock your shelves with not only year round, but this Holiday season for sure!
Second question asked most often. "So this will ship like, tomorrow, right?" Swanky products are made fresh to order. You wouldn't EAT a stale cupcake, so we wouldn't expect you to BATHE with one either. All of our products are made in large batches at once, packaged, then pulled for orders. What is a "batch" of orders? This is numerous orders all at once, depending on the season, scale of this also varies making lead times shorter, or longer. Either way it is on average thousands of units at once time, across all products. This means that frosting has to dry, soap has to harden, packaging has to be done, then orders are pulled for shipment. See that merengue? Hand frosted, piped and sprinkled. See those cookies? Chocolate chips are hand painted. See those cupcake soap pops? Hand colored and poured. Those raspberries? Hand poured as well. Classic bombs? Hand packed into presses and hand sealed. All of our products are done this way, which as you would guess, takes time. There is pride that goes with manufacturing by hand, as opposed to automation. Yes, it may take slightly longer, but to give the customer something unique and handmade in the U.S.A. not only supports our economy, but gives them something that they can be happy about giving to someone else. Some times we have products in inventory from over production so depending on order specifics, we may be able to pull your order right away, but this is not a normal scenario as we like to give you the freshest product possible. Although our products do not have a "shelf life" or expiration, suggested use is within 6 months. This gives you the maximum aromatic fragrance and use of their oils. Products that have a vanilla base will tend to discolor over time, and lessen in their potency. However, bombs themselves will always perform the same. We always try to accommodate rush orders, but as you can imagine with manufacturing done the way it is makes this difficult, or when numerous retailers need a rush order, how do we prioritize? We do the best we can. This is why we always suggest ordering/reordering 3 weeks before the product is needed. This allows for 1 week in transit, and time for production. Thank you for your business and as always we look forward to serving you!
If there is one question we always receive from our valued customers, it is "Do you have any suggestions on how I should display your products?" The answer is: Absolutely! After many years of markets, showrooms, and our own retail locations, we can say that displaying your product to look inviting to your customers is definitely key to guaranteed sales. Even though our fabulous products sell themselves, a little extra effort never hurt anybody!
Since our products are dessert inspired, this gives you an easy start. With apothecary jars available just about anywhere, running to your local outlet or retail locations such as Target, or TJ Maxx, will give you the best bang for your buck. Start by stacking your jar with some "filler" such as colored shred to give it some height. You don't want your customers to have to dig inside the jar per say just to see what the product looks like, but more so want it to be right there atop in plain view. Different size jars for different size product always makes for an excellent display. Cake tiers and cupcake stands are a must! These will also help you give your display the most attention so it stands out and increases sales.
Our smaller items we love to suggest putting in a jar right at the point of sale counter for the customers who maybe already have something larger they are purchasing, and then grab these items as an "add on" gift. Maybe they are just getting a card for someone as a little something, why not suggest a Macaron Soap or Bath Truffle to slide in with it? This is an easy upsell for under $5.00. Above are some pics for suggested display of various products from the bakery. Good luck and have FUN with your display. Remember also that a healthy display is proven to increase sales so be sure to order enough to give you that, such as our If it were my store pre-pack. Thank you for your business as always and we look forward to serving you!