Holly's Lotion Bar Legacy Lives On

about us family holly port lotion bar cafe Ownership update

Josh, Bree, and Lexi hope to keep Lotion Bar Cafe alive and true to Holly. If you visit us in the shop, you will most likely run into one of us three, so we will start there!

 

Josh & Bree (and Baby Lotion Bar)

Josh-

Keeping Lotion Bar Cafe going was never a question to me. I know realistically that plumbing may be the safer option, but I want to see my moms dream continue on and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

 I used to go to the farmers markets with her during the summer and I loved everything about it, especially watching her when she was in her element of selling and chatting with people. I have always been there to help when she needed something for Lotion Bar. My dad, Cody, and I would sit in the ‘soap dungeon’ all night long and help make lotions and soaps and bath bombs. Every craft show my mom went to, we were there to be the muscles and get all of her displays set up. Her business has always been a part of my life, and I hope to keep it running with my family! 

Bree and I recently welcomed our first baby, Elias, on June 8th, 2020. We are excited to share this soapy world with him and have him be a part of this awesome business his Mimi created.

 

Bree-

As Holly’s daughter-in-law I had the privilege of getting to know her over the years since I was just a freshman in high school. I met Josh when I was 14, and at 21 years old, I’m realizing just how much Holly taught me- in business and in life. She was an out of this world individual- truly a 1 in a million. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to have had her in my life. 


I remember walking into their house for the first time and seeing a storefront in the living room. She gave me a lip balm and a goat’s milk lotion to take home! Christmas time was right around the corner, and she had her big craft show at Rampart high school coming up. Josh was going with her to help out, and he asked if I could tag along. What a mistake that was. She liked to joke after the fact, that we were no help, and, actually scared customers away by kissing in the back. 

Fast forward to the present, I never imagined life to play out this way-in more ways than one. Back then I didn’t picture myself working with Holly at her business. I helped with craft shows once in a while, but not much more. Then when she opened the store/studio I offered her more help during the days. That’s when I started getting serious about Lotion Bar Cafe. She taught me how to make candles, and lotion bars, and lotion. Eventually she showed me how to make our lovely handcrafted cold process soaps. It was so interesting! 


I found myself in love with making different products with her and trying new recipes. Not to mention the added part of running a store front! Everyone who stopped by the shop just loved her. I always noticed that. It was so natural for her to make conversation and get to know the person who walked in. This was one of the biggest things I admired about her. I realize now, that it was so natural to her because she cared so deeply about people and wanted to make genuine connections with everyone who walked through that door. 


I hope to always do that as we keep Lotion Bar Cafe going and growing in the years to come. 


Some other things I learned from Holly that I hope shine through in every Lotion Bar Cafe experience:

-Going the extra mile for you- the customers. I want to continue to provide everything you may need when you stop by the Lotion Bar Cafe. Whether it be cute gift wrap for your gift, a hot tea on a cold day, or someone to chat with and just listen. 

-Providing an atmosphere that is “like going to your best friend's house.” Holly once told me that that was her vision for the customer experience. Going forward with it,  I hope to keep that in mind when we set up spaces in the store. Long term goals would be to actually have a place for people to come and sit and relax and enjoy an iced almond milk latte, one of Holly’s favorites. 

 

Lexi-

I think I was 10 years old when I first met Holly and her family. As very distantly related cousins, it was kind of awkward getting to know these new family members in the beginning. Of course, anyone who knew Holly knows that she was one of the most welcoming people in the world and didn’t let anyone feel left out, so very soon I got to know the family. Lotion Bar Cafe was still in its early stages at this point, but I could already see how special this business was to her. 

 

My family was eager to help Holly make products, and so started our family dinners. We would all get together to make and package soaps and bath bombs, and then we would eat dinner and play games. These nights are so memorable because even while we were working hard, we were having fun while doing it. This shows that even from the beginning, Holly lived by one of her favorite mottos that she always liked to remind us of: Work Hard, Play Hard. Moving forward, I will never forget that even though this is a job, I should have fun doing it!

 

As some of you may know, I have been living with the Ports for about six years now. Holly and Chris gave me a home when my family could no longer provide one anymore, and that has been the greatest blessing of my life. Holly never hesitated to help those who needed it, and she never refused to share her knowledge with anyone. As a business, we are dedicated to keeping that value alive. We will always be open and honest with our customers about our products, and if anyone has questions or needs help, we will do our best to share our knowledge with them.

 

Though none of us can ever replace Holly, we can use the tools and knowledge she gave us to continue serving you all in the best way we know how! If you ever stop by the shop, please don’t feel afraid to ask us anything. If you want to share a story about Holly and how she impacted you, please feel free to do so. It’s through these memories that we are able to keep Holly’s vision alive!

 

Chris & Cody-

Chris, also known as the F-Bomber  is Holly’s husband and the irreplaceable fizzy maker. He has supported Holly’s dream since day one and wants nothing more than to see her vision and legacy live on. He is always working hard in the background to make sure we have all of our fizzy needs (and more) taken care of. 

Holly’s first born son, Cody, has been there since day one, helping his mom with whatever Lotion Bar needed. He is a journeyman plumber full-time but always makes time to help us out at the shop. Whether it be making lotions, decorating the shop, or helping us set up for craft shows, he is always there and willing to help!

 

 

It takes all of us combined to be able to accomplish what Holly did so easily (with just the help of a little coffee), but we know Holly is guiding us through it all. We will keep her at the center of the business and always stay true to her. Thank you to all of our Lotion Bar Cafe friends and family for all of your support and reassurance. We appreciate each and every one of you and hope to keep Lotion Bar Cafe going and growing in the years to come. 



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  • Roberta on

    Family love and dedication. It is embodied in every bar and fizzy. Great sharing. TY

  • Tahira on

    I never got to meet Holly in person, but I remember when she became a personal hero.

    I’d been having trouble with bath bombs for months… I was new to making (and using!) them, and then some months into my struggles, I found her book.

    I had trouble with the amounts listed in one of the recipes, and thought I’d look her up and see if I could contact her.

    I sent her an email with some questions, and she got back to me right away offering a phone call to help me out.

    Though I lived in a small town in Ontario (Canada) at the time, she told me she would be passing through for some classes in a couple of weeks, and if I still had issues, she could STOP BY to make some bath bombs WITH ME!

    Though her travel plans changed and we couldn’t meet, she worked her magic through the emails and phone call, and I was able to finally make beautiful bath fizzies.

    But best of all, I got to see the beautiful side of this community, through the kindness, compassion, and generosity that was Holly.

    She certainly has a legacy, and a beautiful family to carry it forward. Lots of love to you all!
    <3

  • Jenny S on

    I’ve only been in Lotion Bar Cafe once, and was blessed to have a great conversation with Holly when I was there. She was so warm and genuine, and it was so obvious that she was passionate about her craft and was living her dream. Rarely does someone make such an impression on me – I’m so happy to know that her legacy lives on……and I will be back soon!

  • April Goethe on

    What a blessing! Holly lives on through each and every one of you.

  • Sabine Von Metzger on

    It is pretty cool you are continue her dream and business. I love all the products you make the shower steamers are one of my favors .My friends love birthday and Christmas because there is always lotion bar gifts. Keep it up will support you . Thank,you



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