Jan started making soap in the late 90s as a calming balance
to a hectic life in the big city. It took a half-dozen years
for her to develop the creamy, gentle soap she makes today.
Along the way Jan began visiting a close friend who, upon
her husband's retirement, had moved to central
Nevada near Austin.
was something about the charming mountain town that drew
Jan to Austin. She bought a historic building on Main Street
and opened up a general mercantile, selling her soaps and
soaps are inspired by Austin and some contain botanicals
from the local landscape: Nevada Sage (from the green Reese
River Valley), Wild Roses (Austin is full of wild yellow
roses), Lavender (grown outside her shop) and many more.
A coffee fanatic (she believes the best cup of coffee requires
chewing), she also makes a gritty soap with ground espresso
beans that is perfect for scrubbing garden hands!
is lucky to have her grandson, Tyler, live with her. Together
they make "Good Dog" biscuits. Tyler tested the
recipe on his black lab/cow dog mix, Scruffy, who gives
them a five star rating. Tyler puts all the sale proceeds
in his special college fund, along with all the pennies
he finds in parking lots.