Thursday, September 24, 2009

Here's the official dish about the grand opening and the new shop!

Mama Bath + Body Grand Opening Event on October 3rd

Emilie Sennebogen, owner and "chef" of Decatur's new Mama Bath + Body, is set to open her flagship store on East College Ave in Decatur. She'll be hosting a grand opening event on October 3rd from 10 to 6. In addition to her own line of all-natural soy candles, body lotions, sugar scrubs and artisan soaps, she will be premiering new products and offering complimentary mar-tea-nis by local tea maker Just Add Honey and sweets from the neighboring The Cookie Studio. The first 25 customers will get swag bags loaded with Mama samples and goodies, or you can stop by and watch product-making demos throughout the day in the wide open workshop area.

After five years in business with her online operation, Sennebogen is excited to finally occupy her own brick and mortar location. With a desire to create a refreshingly new kind of shopping experience, she decided to bring her production out in the open. "People always ask 'how do you make lotion' or say 'I'd love to see how soap is made," says Sennebogen. And now they can. Take one part studio kitchen, one part retail space, one part classroom, pack it into a hip and cozy shop and you've got the right idea.

Stop in on any given day and you may catch Sennebogen in full swing -- music on, pouring her soy candles or mixing a batch of her custom "Decatur neighborhood soap." If you have a minute, she'll even explain what she's doing and how she's doing it. Or you can sign up for a soap or candle making class and learn how to make your own. And soon, you will even be able to buy supplies at her shop to make it at home.

In addition to a selection of pre-packaged gifts to grab on the go, Mama also creates custom gift baskets and plans to carry a well-edited selection of other gift items made by local artisans. For more information, visit

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