Sunrise Showers SoapsMiles to Market - 26 Located 850 Main St.
Glenn and Sonia Culbertson always figured they’d be in business for themselves. They just weren’t sure what they’d do. Sonia grew up in Brazil watching her mother make soap and took up soap making as a hobby at first.
In 1999, the couple started Sunrise Showers Soaps and sold Sonia’s soaps at farmers’ markets and craft shows. As things picked up, people started asking for Sonia’s soaps year round. Meanwhile, the basement of the couple’s Delafield home was consumed with soap making.
Glenn and Sonia eventually moved the business out of their home and opened up their first retail store, Main Street Soap Shop, in Delafield in 2001. The couple started out offering about a half-dozen soaps. Glenn and Sonia now offer 55 different varieties of soap, made with 100 percent food-grade vegetable oils.
Most of the soaps have a high percentage of olive oil. They also make soaps with avocado oil and aloe vera, among other things. They use herbs and spices for all the colorants and pure essential oils for their scented soaps.
They even make a beer soap and a rough soap called “Rocks,” made with ground up walnut shells, apricot pits, poppy seeds and pumice that Glenn says is wonderful for calluses.
They make everything themselves, from the dyed fabric the soaps come wrapped in to the labels. When Glenn and Sonia aren’t making and selling soaps, they’re teaching soap making classes at their shop.
They’re currently in the process of moving the soap-making portion of their business to a new location on Blue Mound Road in Brookfield. This will be their second retail store. You can find Sunrise Showers Soaps at your favorite Outpost location.