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A Special Side Trip

Ann Stoll

Today on our journey through Arkansas to us to the little bustling town of Hot Springs. Here, in the downtown shopping district of quaint unique stores, sits a beautiful little gem called Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium. This is the home of a soap shop that most of us soapers can only dream of aspiring to, but can obtain when we put our noses to the grind stone and get busy making our dreams come true. And that's exactly what Charlene Simon is doing. Making her dreams come true.

Charlene is a serial entrepreneur. Starting off with a modest budget of money, she has worked hard and has built not only one drop dead gorgeous soap shop, but three with a fourth on the way. Along the way, she also started Fat Bottom Girl's Cupcakes which is pretty self explanatory, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar store called Evilo Oils and Vinegars, which is olive spelled backwards . Evilo is located a few doors down from the original Bathhouse Soapery location which is cleverly on bathhouse row. I made a healthy purchase from that store. So many yummies to choose from!

In all of her free time, she managed to also win the Mrs. Greater Hot Springs contest and will be moving on to the Mrs. Arkansas contest. I know many people ask me how I do it all, but I get to ask her that same question. Her response was to say that she can't imagine doing anything else. Her bubbly and passionate personality is infectious! Some day, I hope to be able to actually have her sit for a spell and pick her brain. Beauty and brains, all in one package.

I was fortunate enough that Miss Arkansas was visiting this day as well. 

I was fortunate enough that Miss Arkansas was visiting this day as well. 

Both she and her hubby are a great team in pulling these businesses together. Their daughter now owns and runs the cupcake shop and we even met one of their sons working in Evilo. If you are ever in Hot Springs, Arkansas, stop by and check out this store. 366 Central Avenue, Hot Springs AR | |