Natural Craft Soap House Opens in Grandview Heights
Glenn Avenue Soap Company brings real, honest skincare to Central Ohio
Grandview Heights, Ohio – We’re open! Glenn Avenue Soap Company, founded in 2009 by local Grandview couple Sandra and Phil Metzler, celebrates the grand opening of its retail store with a Pre-Valentine’s Day OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, February 7th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The craft soap house, a first for Central Ohio, offers a full line of natural soaps and skincare products, including foaming hand soap, bar soap, beer soap, lotion, face care and more. Everything is handmade on-site, using traditional craft methods, simple ingredients and pure essential oils.
“We are proud of the entrepreneurial spirit Phil and Sandra bring to the Grandview business community,” says Michelle Wilson, Executive Director of the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce. “Starting from a soap lab built in their living room, it is exciting to see Glenn Avenue Soap open their own retail space where customers can see products being made and talk with the soapmakers.”
Dr. Sandra Metzler, Owner and a professor at OSU with degrees in mechanical and biomedical engineering, began developing skincare recipes grounded in her technical expertise. “We started making these products because our family needed healthy, safe and effective skincare,” Sandra explains. “Then we realized our neighbors needed them. We started a company because we realized the world needs them.” Glenn Avenue products are all made from plant-based and organic ingredients—with none of the unnecessary, toxic or artificial chemicals or fragrances found in most commercial products.
Glenn Avenue prides itself on collaborating with other members of the local business community. Collaborations with craft breweries Seventh Son, Zauber, Actual and others has led to a popular line of Cap City Suds beer soaps . The company’s signature foaming hand soaps can be found in leading bars, restaurants and venues in Columbus, including the Gateway Film Center, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and the brand new Salt & Pine and Sweet Carrot. “Customers and employees love the foaming hand soap!” says Lauren Szuter, Co-Owner of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. “We often see guests return to their tables urging their friends to smell their hands (even the men!). Glenn Avenue soaps are a simple, cost-effective way to please customers in an unexpected way, they fit perfectly with our focus on craft and local sourcing, and we love their commitment to natural and organic ingredients.”
Glenn Avenue products can be ordered online through its own website and on Etsy, a popular web-based marketplace. The company sells locally through Whole Foods Markets, other retailers and at local markets and festivals. “Opening our own retail store allows us to connect personally with customers and educate them about real soap and the benefits of essential oils.” says Phil Metzler, Owner and soap maker. “And, it gives us space to expand our product line, which will grow to include bath bombs, scrubs, massage oils, essential oils and more.”
The new retail space at 1166 W 5th Ave. (across the parking lot from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and in the back of the Brickhouse Cardio Club building) will be celebrated on February 7th with a public OPEN HOUSE, featuring product samplings, exclusive Valentine’s Day gifts, tours of the soap lab, raffles and prize drawings and a few surprises. More information about the grand opening is available at www.glennavesoap.com.
Dr. Sandra Metzler started Glenn Avenue Soap Company in 2009 with the inspiration to produce gentle and effective soaps that were good for her family and the environment, and without the potential negative health effects of harmful ingredients found in detergent-based products marketed as “soap”. Today, the company uses traditional craft methods to produce a broad range of healthy soaps and skincare products made from simple, honest ingredients and pure essential oils. The company’s unique foaming hand soaps are loved by consumers, restaurants and businesses that enjoy their vibrant fragrance, silky lather and the way they leave hands soft and smooth. The company has opened Central Ohio’s first craft soaphouse, where customers can sample products, meet the soap makers and see how products are made. To learn more and purchase products, visit www.GlennAveSoap.com.
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Co-Owner & Soapmaker, Glenn Avenue Soap Company
1166 W 5th Ave, Columbus OH 43212
craft soap house: (614) 706-7221
mobile: (614) 607-0412