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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Open House Saturday at Heal My Sole

Home-grown Christmas gifts at local business

Everyone has somebody on the Christmas shopping list who falls into the category – “Hard to Buy For!”

There is a solution in downtown Coudersport with a decidedly local twist.

Heal My Sole, a home-based business at the corner of North East and Fifth streets, is holding an open house on Saturday (Dec. 12) from 10 am to 3 pm. There, Christmas shoppers or just the casual browser will find unique bath and body products, as well as soy candles and delicious fresh-roasted coffee, all produced locally.

Owner Mary Kelley points out that prices at Heal My Sole are reasonable and the products make good stocking-stuffers or traditional gifts.

All Natural skin care products have been among Mary’s top sellers as she travels to shows in four states and sells her items through a handful of retail outlets. Lip balm, foot scrub, hand lotion, facial-steaming herbs, and massage candles are among her top sellers.

Also popular is her line of “misters.” Customers can create their own custom-scented fragrance spray to freshen a room or car, spray on linens or pillows, or anywhere else. Single fragrance can be used, or a combination from among about 30 fragrances.

The same premise – create your own mix -- works for personalized bath oil and lotion.

Also featured at Saturday’s open house will be custom-made soy candles with a true lasting fragrance, as well as half-pound or full-pound freshly roasted “fair trade” coffee -- whole bean or ground -- from nations that include Rwanda, Costa Rica, Kenya, Bolivia and Peru.

More information is available at the website,, or by phone at 274-0917.


Anonymous said...

I think it's wonderful to see a local business with locally made products. Good luck Mary!

Anonymous said...

Dildines and many C-flutes to you!

Good luck with it girl!

Anonymous said...

Lip balm, foot scrub, hand lotion, facial-steaming herbs, and massage candles are among her top sellers.

Where are these made, if they are made localy?

Anonymous said...

I can answer that one. Mary set up her booth at the Falling Leaves Festival in Coudersport and explained to me how she produces these items herself, combining ingredients, packaging and even labeling and marketing in a way that looks like it comes from a big manufacturing plant. I am so pleased to see her business getting some attention finally. Our local newspapers should be writing a profile story on this very cool business. Maybe some national magazines. I spent less than 20 bucks at her booth and got three nice items. I recommend the lip balm. Better than that popular brand name that starts with a chap and ends with a stick.

Anonymous said...

There is that word again.
What is C-flute?

Anonymous said...

OMG! C-flute! I haven't heard that one since the days of the Beak and Hot Roddy and Toad Costa and the good old days out Dingman Run at The Forks! Those were the days with Lob, and Bags and Booger Buchanan and don't forget Turk and Hiney. Wow. Those are great memories. Flute my C's!

Mr. Wizzik said...

This is fantastic.

Best wishes, and here's to much success Mary!


Nick said...

Alright Mary! Good luck with your open house!