Yorkshire based luxury soap business The Yorkshire Soap Company are proud to announce the opening of their first store in Harrogate earlier this week.
The Yorkshire Soap Co. owners Warren and Marcus started to make soap many years ago on their kitchen table as quaint gifts for family and friends, it soon turned into a business possibility and The Yorkshire Soap Co. was born in late 2004. Marcus, an ex-chef had cake moulds and baking equipment at home, which helped with the initial design idea of cake soaps and cake slices. Warren, an ex-retail manager knew the best route to market the products, and the world of scrumptious soaps immediately took off.
Both Warren and Marcus are hands-on in each and every store, with all windows dramatically dressed to impress solely by the pair, and the own branded soap products are personally created by Warren and Marcus by hand still today, although they do have some help now as things have grown a little!
Warren, Company Director of The Yorkshire Soap Co. said; “We are thrilled to be opening our eighth store here in Harrogate. We are both passionate about the town and it’s ornate beauty, along with the distinctive architecture, well-known gardens, substantial retail offering, and world-renowned bakers and tea manufacturers. We have wanted a shop in Harrogate for many years, and have come very close many times, but nothing suited our brand until 1 James Street. It is a perfect fit for our bespoke, niche soaps, and we hope to add an extra sense of charm and affordable luxury to the already blossoming town of Harrogate.”
Marcus, Company Director of The Yorkshire Soap Co. added; “I’m a true Yorkshireman through and through, and couldn’t be prouder to be opening here in Harrogate. We recently opened a store in my hometown of Halifax at the magnificent Piece Hall, and this prompted us to engage in a little research. We ran a social media campaign to see who wanted a Yorkshire Soap Company shop in their town, and Harrogate came first with Sheffield and Whitby following in the research – so here we are, open in Harrogate! Our soaps are an everyday affordable luxury product, one that we know Harrogate shoppers will welcome wholeheartedly. We are happy to say that during the current difficult climate on the high street we are still managing to open new stores and grow our little business into something wonderful. Here’s to an exciting future in Harrogate.”
The Yorkshire Soap Co. employs over 60 staff throughout Yorkshire, with Harrogate employing 14 staff including full and part time members. The company still makes 70% of all products seen in the store today from everyday luxury soaps to bespoke luxury gifts and soap wedding cakes.
The business continues to see growth with Harrogate now joining the portfolio, increasing the number to seven The Yorkshire Soap Co’s around the region, including; York, Knaresborough, Beverley, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Halifax Piece Hall and of course the brand new Harrogate store. The company also owns the store named The Imaginarium in York, a different concept to The Yorkshire Soap Co. which has a huge following and is truly loved by the visitors to York and the regular local customers.
For more information about The Yorkshire Soap Co. visit: www.yorkshiresoap.co.uk