The time has arrived. The “Happy Shed” is now ready for you to come and visit us. It has to be because there’s a sign out the front declaring it Who can argue with that?
In case you’re wondering what the Happy Shed is – it’s our brand new manufacturing facility and shop in Newcastle (NSW, Australia). It has been dubbed the “Shed” because that’s what our boys have been calling it, but we think of it more as a home away from home.
Getting it ready has been a journey. We thought renovating a house was a tough gig but setting up the Happy Shed matched it. Only because we had never set one up before.
Like doing anything for the first time there were many “aha” moments which caused a plan re-jig.
The back-of-house manufacturing space has been up and running for a few weeks now and Aaron has been pumping out skincare products at a roaring rate. So much so that we had to call in reinforcements. Family has again jumped in to lend a hand.
Our brother-in-law Dave has been labelling his little fingers off. After screwing on 3000 lids we think he wished he hadn’t offered to help.
Many hours were spent perusing Pinterest looking for decorating inspiration. By the end we had styling overload and we definitely won’t be applying for The Block anytime soon.
The funny thing is that even with the hours of Pinterest scrolling, the shop doesn’t look like any of them. But it does look and feel like us and that is all we can ask for.
It’s still early days and we’ve got more work to do making things look 100% finished, but we’ve decided to take baby steps. We’ll get there!
In the meantime we’re ready and waiting for you to come by to try out our Happy Skincare and Woohoo Body creations, pick up your online orders (no more shipping fees, Newcastle peeps!), and just have a good old chat.
We’re so excited to be able to offer a different shopping experience than the ones offered under the bright lights and yellow stickers of a supermarket aisle where you are not getting the best care.
Did you know that the skincare products and cosmetics you find in the supermarket aisles are controlled by just 5 multinational companies? Even though there hundreds of brands stocking the shelves, they’re mostly from the same 5 companies (and they’re certainly not natural, or focused on creating a magical experience for you).
One of our motivations for opening the “Happy Shed” Shop is that we think the beauty industry tends to take itself way too seriously. Being easy-going and having some fun is much nicer than pretentiousness. We think you deserve better.
We believe (hope!) you’ll never go back to the big brands once you’ve experienced the skincare offerings of boutique skin care makers who aren’t bound by shareholder dividends. We’ve got the freedom to care more about YOU
The Happy Shed Shop is a small and cosy space stocked with all things Happy and Woohoo. It is a little bit upcycled, a little bit fun, splashes of colour and 100% us. The shelves are recycled draws and the counter table was made from recycled pallets.
If you live nearby or if you are ever in Newcastle or surrounding Hunter Valley vineyards we would love for you to pop in and say G’day. Phoebe, Aaron and maybe even Rusty (the lazy cavoodle) will be there to greet you with a smile.
Your Happy experience just got so much better because:
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I *used* to think that someone who runs a skincare company isn’t meant to get massive breakouts. I felt super self-conscious of my skin. It felt like everyone I bumped into was staring at my blemishes thinking “Gosh, her skin is shocking”. But you know what? I’ve changed my mind.
Unfortunately we can’t control the damage caused by external aggressors (like wind, UV rays and pollution), but we can make conscious choices about the products we choose to slather on our strands. Here are just a few reasons why making the switch to natural might be the best treat you can give your cheesed-off tresses – and your conscience.