August 01, 2019
Anne Dezort is proof you can make a difference right where you live.
In just one year, her SOAP Refill Station has refilled more than 7,500 containers with various soaps, shampoos, lotions and more. That’s 7,500 plastic containers that didn’t end up in the landfill.
It’s quite an accomplishment and Dezort wants to celebrate with you Saturday, Aug. 3, at SOAP’s First Birthday Party. It runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 210 South Campbell.
“Opening this shop here in Springfield was a gamble, but we knew it would work and was needed,” Dezort said. “This number is proof that we in Springfield can make a difference. Even if the shop closed down today, we’ve made a positive impact with the short amount of time time we have had. That feels good.”
But don’t worry. SOAP isn’t closing down any time soon. In fact, look for SOAP to keep growing in year two.
“Yeah, we have a few big things up our sleeves,” Dezort said. “The biggest being more locations! Stay tuned for more info on SOAP Refill Stations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kansas City, Missouri! If Springfield can keep 7,500 containers out of the trash in a year, think about what we can do with KC and Santa Fe on board! As far as our shop here downtown, we will continue to be there for you when you are out of SOAP! Let’s keep on keepin’ on!”
Dezort could have opened her shop anywhere. The Queen City of the Ozarks turned out to be the perfect laboratory for her SOAP experiment.
“Springfield seemed like a pretty great space to learn and grow, and support a community that once supported us,” she said. “Downtown seemed like a good idea, but not a great one at first.”
A conversation with Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, helped change that.
“When we moved back from California last spring I met with Rusty and asked him a few questions about our location and a few other spots available downtown at the time,” Dezort said. “I asked him how many people lived within a 5-mile radius of the space we currently occupy, and he said well over 3,000. I thought, well that’s a lot of people doing laundry, washing their hair, and moisturizing their faces. They will need refills at some point. Sold!”
The choice has paid off.
“A year later we are so thrilled with our decision to be downtown. It’s so wonderful to have the support system that’s built in to being downtown between other retailers and the DSA and Downtown CID,” Dezort said. “It’s nice to be set along the walk between a coffee shop and a car garage.”
Haven’t been to SOAP Refill Station yet? This Saturday is a great chance to do it. The shop will have its First Birthday Party from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with lots of fun and deals for everyone. That includes randomly-timed giveaways.
But wait, there’s more.
“We have free birthday bath bombs if you spend over $15 and free Rustic Strength Hand soap if you spend over $50,” Dezort said. “We’re taking 25% off refills when you bring in your own containers, plus some other treats along the way! It’s going to be a great day in the neighborhood to swing by and say hey to those refill warriors responsible for that 7,500 number.”
What that number will be in 2020? With the momentum Dezort and SOAP have built in just 365 days, who knows?
“I’m so excited to see that number keep growing,” Dezort said. “I’m also just really impressed with the integrity and kindness of our customers, and the relationships we have made with community partners. We have been refilling for groups like the Eastwind Community, the Springfield Dream Center and The Coffee Ethic, just to name a few. It’s so fun to meet members of our community.”