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Vendor Profile: BARR'S Bars, ltd.
By: Rachel Hunt (Originally Published September 22, 2015)
“Reach across the isle and shake hands with the maker,” says Anthony Barchanowicz of BARR’s Bars, a delightful play-on-name for a Cleveland based soap-making company. If you purchase any of their products, made by hand the way that pioneers from the region did it, there is no need to question the cleanliness of the palm reaching out to greet you.
BARR’s Bars prune their garden's harvest; they stick-stir each of their crafted cold process soaps and pour molds of soap to cure. All of their products are comprised of high-standard, beneficial ingredients. Their product is similar to the Mrs. Meyer’s pump-soaps that permeate Target, but did you know that you could get artisanal hand wash made in your hometown?
“People are looking to get out of the big box stores to find a product they like,” says Anthony. Most of the inspiration for BARR’s Bars came from older generations, people that weren’t afraid to invest in their neighbors. Their products are based on reclaimed, hand-grown, made-from-scratch ingredients and they even provide an online tutorial for those interested in the behind-the-scenes process of soap creation.
“We originally wanted to created a liquid hand soap for the ‘small hands’ in our family to use after going to the restroom because when they tried to manipulate our bar soap, it proved challenging for them,” writes BARR’s on their website. “The end result was a solution with simple ingredients: our very own grated bar soap and hot distilled water.” It is this kind of problem solving that sets BARR’s aside from the rest of the pack and enables them to break the mold, taking their versatile inventory to pop-up events like Night Market.
“This generation has an impression of disengagement and not being able to have relationships with people,” says the other half of BARR’s Bars, Rebecca Barchanowicz, of why it’s so important to her to connect with customers in an atmosphere that promotes spontaneity and enrichment.
“It’s an age of enlightenment,” Anthony reflects. Markets that enable buyers to connect one on one with makers of the product are becoming recognized as integral parts of local economies.
*Written article is the published work of Rachel Hunt and Night Market Cleveland. Click here for the original article.