Foam Soaps; you need one!

Foam Soaps; you need one! Here’s 5 reasons why…

Soap Story Foam Soaps are a must have for your getting clean routine, especially if you’re a busy bee… here’s why!

  1. It’s fast and fun! Watch the liquid transform into foam at the push of a pump, then you’re ready to go – just like magic! No lathering necessary, which means less wastage too!

  1. There’s no ONE way to use it! Our Foam Soap is another soap-er smart multi-functional product. Use by the sink on your hands, used in the shower, in the bath, on a puff or sponge!

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  1. Great for kids! Because it’s fast and fun… Foam soap makes washing hands and getting clean easier for all involved! Available in 5 eye catching colours and fragrances; Surf’s Up, Zesty, Tickled Pink, Heavenly and Sunrise!

  1. They’re all 100% Vegan friendly! … against animal testing and made in the UK!
  2. Made with Aloe Vera, making them not only soap-er fun to use, but also fab for your skin! “It’s great to have a product that immediately makes your skin feel re-nourished” – Rex and the City Blog 

Reviews, verdicts, feedback:

“The sorcery with this soap is that, its liquid, right? BUT when you pump it out, FOAM dispenses in your hands! MAGIC, girl, magic. Personally, I love how the smell literally wakes you up and brings life to you! You can wash your hands, lather it all over your body, join a foam fight, whatever. Also, it has aloe vera in it, so don’t worry about maybe having crocodile skin?” – The Crazy Ammi Blog 

“This soap is so much fun to use and my daughter loves it! She keeps asking to wash her hands now.” – The Opinionated Dad

“This foam soap has mostly been stolen by my fiancé who loves this product for his morning showers, I have to admit its so handy…it is a liquid soap that comes out of the pump bottle as a foam with a gorgeous scent to it. Perfect for the whole family to use, even the little kids can use this easily…with a fresh scent that suits boys or girls, contains Aloe Vera for soft skin. Verdict 10/10.” – Little Miss Beauty Boxes

5 fresh benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil!

5 fresh benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil!

Our wibbly, wobbly Jelly Soaps are made with moisturising seaweed extract carrageenan and enriched with beautiful essential oils making them not only fantastically fun to use, but also amazing for your skin and mood! (As if you don’t know that already!)

BANG Jelly Soap with peppermint essential oil, awakens the senses with freshness and is the perfect way to start the day!

But what are the top benefits of bathing with peppermint essential oils?

  1. It comforts headache pain. BANG BANG BANG! Who’s there? Don’t worry it’s just our Jelly Soap looking to help soothe your headache. Run a bath, use in the shower, let the fragrance defuse and relieve by improving circulation.

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  1. Brings clarity and mental focus. Peppermint oil can also improve your focus and concentration levels, great for busy spells and exam season!

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 3. It’s an energy booster. Burning the candle at both ends? Hey, we all do it from time to time. Take a few whiffs of peppermint essential oils to wake you up with an energy boost. Great for showering with in the morning!

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  1. Stress Relief. Peppermint essential oils have a calming effect on skin and mood! It’s particularly good at cooling down sunburn, and can improve eczema symptoms.

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  1. Hangover be gone! Peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits, this is why some people take mints to help with travel sickness. Run yourself a bubble bath with BANG Jelly Soap and let the essential oils clear away your hangover!

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You can find AMAZING Peppermint essential oil in our BANG Jelly Soap along with moisturizing Carrageenan (seaweed extract). Our Jelly Soaps are all 100% vegan friendly, hand made in the UK and against animal testing!

See 3 ways to use Jelly Soap here!

Questions? OR if you’re interested in joining the Soap Story Stockist Squad? Message us now!

Parents; Bath time just got better!

Parents; Bath time just got better!

Okay, so you already know our products are fabulously fresh and fun, full of top notch ingredients and pretty darn colourful; but did you know kids also LOVE to use our soap? From sweet scents to playful textures…. Yes, we’re making bath time and getting clean that little bit easier for all involved! Here’s our most loved Soap Story products for kids;

  1. Wiggly, jiggly Jelly Soaps!

Add some wobbly fun to your bath time with our Jelly Soap! Use as a fun, slippery bar,  (catch it if you can), tear some apart and run it in a sieve under a tap for a bubble bath or squish into a shower puff! They’re also 100% vegan friendly and come in 4 fabulous fragrances; Zing, Bang, Bliss and Chillax! It’s a squishy no brainier for kids!

2. Fun Foam Soaps

Watch the liquid transform into foam at the push of a pump, just like magic! Use by the sink, use in the shower, use in the bath, it’s up to you! They’re fresh, fun, vegan friendly and a no fuss option for parents and kids!

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  1. Toy in a Soaps

Turn bath time into an adventure with our Toy in a Soaps, dive in with Percy the Pufferfish, make a splash with Waddles the Penguin or get quacking with Dippy the duck! Our Toy in a Soap range all have names and will add some playful personality to cleaning up! AND they’re all vegan friendly!

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Kids also love our sparkly Cupcake Soaps (do not eat), Soap-er smart Soap Sponges and our scent-sational Soap Slices; particularly the more playful fragrances like Rhubarb and Custard, Belgium Chocolate, The Grape Escape, Cherrylicious and Watermelon!

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The Soap Story Blog Squad say….

“Next out of the box was the BANG! Jelly Soap and it is safe to say this one is my sons favorite. He found it absolutely hilarious that it kept slipping and sliding all over the place!” – It’s Rachel Beauty

“Go and get yourself some Soap Story products to try yourself, you won’t be disappointed and if you have children it’s a no brainer  – Bath time + The Soap Story = Very happy mummy and happy happy baby.” – Rex and the City 

“This Foam Soap is so much fun to use and my daughter loves it! She keeps asking to wash her hands now.” – The Opinionated Dad

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6 Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oils!

6 Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oils!

The patchouli plant is a bushy herb that’s part of the mint family, and has long stems with purple or white flowers. The fragrance has an exotic, earthy musk and is truly beautiful!

We use Patchouli in our Chillax Jelly Soap because it smells incredible, and is also great for your body and your mind!

Here’s 6 benefits of using Patchouli Essential Oils:

  1. Patchouli is relaxing, uplifting and has antidepressant properties! Making the aroma fantastic for your mind and mood. This is why patchouli essential oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy; so sit back and relax!

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2. Soothes inflammation (as a pure essential oil). It’s an Antiphlogistic, particularly great at relieving irritation from skin conditions and irritation in result of a fever. It’s commonly used to ease symptoms of eczema and dermatitis!

3. Eliminates and masks body odor and is used in lots of deodorant, aftershaves and perfumes such as Jo Malone and Burberry.

4. Prevents skin from sagging. Patchouli is amazing for your skin, it’s cooling and helps gently firm up and tone the whole body. I mean it’s not gonna give you abs over night but your skin will really appreciate it! It also helps scars fad too!

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5. It’s a labido booster; Yes, it’s also an aphrodisiac! Patchouli has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, stimulating sexual hormones estrogen and testosterone!

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6. Removes toxins from the body… Cleanse me! Patchouli will leave you feeling great in so many different ways, which is exactly why you need some in your life right now! Run a bubble bath with Chillax Jelly Soap, let the aroma fill the room and cleanse your body and mind!

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You can find AMAZING Patchouli essential oil in our Chillax Jelly Soap along with moisturizing Carrageenan (seaweed extract). Our Jelly Soaps are all 100% vegan friendly, hand made in the UK and against animal testing!

See 3 ways to use Jelly Soap here!

Questions? OR if you’re interested in joining the Soap Story Stockist Squad? Message us now!

Soap Story Crew SMASH target for Parkinson’s UK!

Soap Story Crew SMASH target for Parkinson’s UK!

SO…… We decided it would be a good idea to push ourselves as a team and complete the 58KM Gran Fondo Giro D’Italia Northern Ireland together. What made it an even better idea? …To raise much needed funds for Parkinson’s UK.

We are not professional cyclists, we cycle for a bit of fun, so taking part in an event like this as a team was challenging and very rewarding! We are delighted to have raised a great total of £895.50 + gift aid!! (Thank you!!)

Parkinson’s can affect anyone at any age – it is a progressive neurological condition – meaning that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s,  a few of us here in work have family members affected by Parkinson’s, so this is a cause very close to our hearts.

Thank you to EVERYONE that sponsored us and supported us through our Pedal for Parkinson’s, you are awesome! We achieved over 350% of our fundraising target! 

If you’d still like to donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nectarines-pedal-for-parkinsonsParkinsonsTotal

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3 Ways to use Jelly Soap

3 Ways to use Jelly Soap!

Our wibbly, wobbly Jelly Soaps are made with seriously good ingredients
including amazing essential oils and carrageenan (seaweed extract) making them not only fantastically fun to use, but also amazing for your skin and mood!

Here’s 3 ways to get the most out of our Jelly Soaps!

1.) Use as a fun bar…

Our Jelly soaps definitely give you the feel good fun factor and are memorizing to play with! Chase them around the bath, lather up, rise off, squeeze them, poke them, wobble them, slide them, whatever you want… they’re great fun and make washing up much more fun!

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2.) Run yourself a bubble bath…

Tear (or slice like The Crazy Ammi Blog) bits of your jelly soap off and run them in a sieve under a tap for a bubble bath, they bubble up great and can fill the whole bath! Because the jellies are made with essential oils, let the lush fragrances fill the room! These will leave you smelling AMAZING!

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3.) Squish bits into a shower puff or sponge!

Because our Jellies lather up so well, they are fabulous to use when you squish them into a sponge or shower puff!

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Our Jelly soaps are ALL 100% Vegan Friendly, Hand Made in the UK and Against Animal Testing. Choose from Zing, Bang, Chillax and Bliss, all made with top notch ingredients and mood enhancing essential oils!

Any questions fire us a message! Check out our Stockist Map to find Soap Story near you!

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5 Reasons why you need a Soap Sponge in your life!

5 Reasons why you need a Soap Sponge in your life!

Soap Sponges by The Soap Story are taking the UK by storm and here’s why:

  1. They’re an innovative time saver…

Gone are the days of squeezing shower gel onto a sponge, for half of it to go down the drain and then having to re-apply. This no fuss multi-functional sponge is ready to use straight out of the container! Massage, lather, rinse.. done!

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2. Fake tan addicts rejoice!

Our Soap Sponges are great at gently exfoliating before you tan, and also amazing at removing unwanted leftover tan after! No fuss running around looking for exfoliator, cloth/sponge, grab your Soap Sponge and you’re good to go!

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3. It’s quick and easy to throw into gym bags and kit bags!

4. Get your hands off my soap…

Sharing a bathroom with family or housemates? Get a Soap Sponge each and keep them in your containers , not only is it more pleasant to have your own soap… it’s also cute and tidy!

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5. Available in 14 fantastic fragrances AND 100% Vegan Friendly.. YAY

All of The Soap Story’s soaps are made from vegetable based glycerin; our Soap Sponges are no exclusion! They are all 100% vegan friendly, against animal testing and hand made in the UK!

Our Soap Sponges are available in 14 different fragrances that leave you smelling fabulous;

  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Blackberry
  • Coconut
  • Cookies
  • Honey & Almond
  • First Love
  • Jojoba & Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sea Minerals
  • Strawberry
  • Tropical Mango
  • Watermelon

Reviews, verdicts, feedback:

“I have never seen a soap like this in my life!! I have to say this is my favourite product from the soap story products I have tried. It is a vegetable glycerine soap in a sponge, you can start washing with it straight away and it lathers up really well. To get it started I used the bottom of the sponge which had the most soap on then turned it over to work into foam, the scent first love is a gorgeous girly scent of baby powder. I love using this in the shower so I can exfoliate and clean at the same time! I have kept the packaging to keep it in, this is a huge soap sponge so it will last you a long time. Verdict 10/10.” – Little Miss Beauty Boxes

“Umm, Excuse me?! There appears to be something in my sponge. Oh wait! It’s soap. Soap! What a creative way of doing it. No more rubbing the soap on a sponge and then re-rubbing when the suds disappear.”– The Opinionated Dad 

“If I could pick a favourite from all the products, this would be it. It’s a soap in a sponge!!” – Sophie from Rex and the City Blog

“I found the BEST invention for removing unwanted fake tan! It smells lush too in so many scents! It’s an exfoliating Soap Sponge..pure class! Extra bonus to dry skin too.” – Emerald al Beauty and Fashion Blogbubbles-e1497431853970.png

Thinking outside of the Bubble!

Rex and the City Review!

Thank you Sophie from Rex and the City blog! rexandthecity.blog/2017/06/07/thinking-outside-the-bubble

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE

I know I bang on a lot about how much I love a bath, but honestly the humble bath is not merely a place to get clean after a long day, it’s a place of total relaxation, of solitude where you can think about the days events, giggle about events of the day, cry (I remember having the day 5 blues after Rex was born and crying in the bath for what felt like hours).

Its a place for some peace and quiet, where you can plan you next holiday or plot the details of that million dollar business idea. Where you can read a book or just stare into space and let the stress of the day fall away from you. It’s a place to just feel warm, I’m a total warm weather baby and love the feeling of being engulfed in warm (scorching) water. Now I don’t need a reason to have a bath , I have one every single day (sometimes twice), but there are three main reasons that the bath has stepped up even more in the last week.

  1. Rex, who turned seventeen months yesterday is behaving like some crazed beast mixed with a sulky teenager – the tantrums if he doesn’t get his food fast enough are off the charts –  stamping feet, falling to the floor in wildly dramatic fashion, tears, the whole nine yards – very much like myself if I don’t get my own way. Plus last week every time I picked him up from nursery I was told he had had more and more time outs due to unruly behaviour – throwing musical instruments and hugging/rugby tackling some of the babies. Though I consider myself to be pretty laid back even I find my blood pressure rising at considerable speed sometimes.
  2. The weather – what the hell is going on with it? last week we were basking in the glow of English summer, smiley faces everywhere, pub gardens filled up after work everyday, parks filled with half naked people as the temperature pushed 25 degrees the dulcet tones of the Mr Whippy van all the truly great things about the english summer. All suddenly halted by torrential rain and freezing winds – smiles turned to frowns and fury as people charge down the streets to get to their destinations, umbrellas turned inside out and the sounds of swear words blowing in the wind.
  3. The Soap Story sent me a parcel of quite literally delicious looking products to test out. So if I wasn’t enough of a bath fanatic, now I have to be all but dragged out of there.

 

And so it was that number 3 of the points above managed to all but eradicate the stresses brought on by points 1 and 2. Before I go into detail about these wonderful products – there are some other reasons to rave about this fantastic new company. The Soap Story products are all made in the UK, they are against animal testing and a large portion of them are vegan friendly also. This is a huge win for me, It baffles me why in this day and age people still test beauty product on animals.

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So here are my top three of the products

 

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If I could pick a favourite from all the products, this would be it. It’s a soap in a sponge!! So you can exfoliate and wash at the same time. It smells incredible too its the kind of smell that makes me think of beach holidays when you come in all sandy and salty have a bath and put your after sun on and smell all yummy and refreshed and clean. It does what it says on the box and makes you feel calm and tranquil. It got a second thumbs up from Rex too he was positively WOWED by it.

 

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I am a hand cream/ hand santiser nut – I like my hands to feel clean and fresh – Having both a dog and a very messy little boy I’m constantly washing my hands so I like to follow that with a cream or a something to make my skin feel nourished and this works a trick and it smells delicious.

 

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I love this product, it makes bathing an even more lazy experience for me as unlike most shower gels, you don’t have to work in up into a foam. Instead though in the bottle it is liquid form when you pump it out, it comes out as a form – hah! so job done! It makes your skin feel so soft and smells delicious – I love using it on Rex too as London water can be so hard that it’s great to have a product that immediately makes your skin feel re-nourished.

I am so thrilled to have been able to test out these products, as an avid beauty and bath lover. From someone whose bathroom is filled to the rafters with bath products I can honestly say to those reading, go and get yourself some of their products to try yourself, you won’t be disappointed and if you have children it’s a no brainer  – Bath time + The Soap Story = Very happy mummy and happy happy baby.

Little Miss Beauty Boxes Reviews and Rates The Soap Story!

Little Miss Beauty Boxes Reviews and Rates The Soap Story!

A Massive thank you to Hanna from Little Miss Beauty Boxes for the fanstastic review! Great read! littlemissbeautyboxes.com

SOAP STORY – EXPERIENCE SOAP LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE

Soap Story is part of a larger group called Desmo who has been making products for over 35 years from Northern Ireland near Belfast, Soap Story has been growing into a fantastic brand since 2009. The products that Soap Story produce are packed with fantastic ingredients for your skin with amazing scents that are powerful so you feel you are getting that luxury bath and shower, the products are also 100% vegan friendly and they are all cruelty free.

I jumped at the chance to review some of Soap Story colourful bath & shower products which are something so different to what I have seen in the shops…. here are some of their products:

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ZING Jelly Soap – This jelly soap is amazing, it slips and slides in your hand but lathers up so well when your in the shower just simply rub it against your skin or you can sieve it for a bubble bath. The soap doesn’t dry out my skin like some soaps do but this also packs a punch with the scent…a powerful citrus scent which is Lemongrass oils and Carrageenan extract. My children have also enjoyed using this, it is quite a good way to get children to have fun and wash at the same time. Verdict 9/10.

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Surfs Up Foam Soap – This foam soap has mostly been stolen by my fiancé who loves this product for his morning showers, I have to admit its so handy…it is a liquid soap that comes out of the pump bottle as a foam with a gorgeous scent to it. Perfect for the whole family to use, even the little kids can use this easily…with a fresh scent that suits boys or girls, contains Aloe Vera for soft skin. Verdict 10/10.

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Jojoba & Fennel Hand Gel – I have this hand gel in my bag ready for picnics or public toilets with no soap left…it leaves your hands clean and smelling fresh. I always carry some, as a dog owner these hand gels are a must buy! This hand gel also contains sweet almond extract which leaves your hands soft. Verdict 8/10.

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First Love Sponge Soap – I have never seen a soap like this in my life!! I have to say this is my favourite product from the soap story products I have tried. It is a vegetable glycerine soap in a sponge, you can start washing with it straight away and it lathers up really well. To get it started I used the bottom of the sponge which had the most soap on then turned it over to work into foam, the scent first love is a gorgeous girly scent of baby powder. I love using this in the shower so I can exfoliate and clean at the same time! I have kept the packaging to keep it in, this is a huge soap sponge so it will last you a long time. Verdict 10/10.

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Tropical Mango Soap Slice – I dont normally use block soaps as they can be drying for the skin but this soap slice lathers well and feels nice to use plus again the scent is gorgeous like a tropical summers day. you can either cut off a small amount to use or keep the whole block to rub it against your bath puff to lather before you wash. Verdict 7/10.

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I really enjoyed using the soap story products which are still in my shower being used….they are not only bright quirky products to look at but they all smell so gorgeous! I love that they are all cruelty free and vegan friendly too. If you haven’t tried Soap Story products then you need to try them.

The website is coming soon but you can find Soap Story here   Instagram      Twitter      Facebook

Thanks for reading

 

Belfast Times – Loving Local Business

Loving Local Businesses – Belfast Times

A massive thank you Jeff at Belfast Times for the lovely article on us! You’re amazing!

http://www.belfasttimes.co.uk/loving-local-businesses-nectar-and-soap-story/

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I love hearing about local retail businesses achieving success on a global scale. We have a quite a few of these hidden gems in Northern Ireland, and you’d never know, because their main focus isn’t necessarily the UK market.

I recently discovered Nectar, a brand which somehow sounded familiar, I was immediately thinking there was a connection with The Body Shop. I wasn’t too far wrong because it turns out Nectar has been around since 1981 and in fact opened its first retail store in Bangor in 1984 when I was a young 15 year old. Probably around the time I was kicking about Jerry Lang’s Harrison Musique record shop getting my 12 inch singles (remember them!) and enjoying my teenage years in Bangor.


The Bangor Nectar store saw the Carrickfergus cottage industry business take its first steps into further developing its brand and products which would eventually lead to a thriving worldwide network.

Initially Nectar produced a range of products formulated using Aloe Vera extracts. From small beginnings it has grown to become a comprehensive range of over 300 quality personal care products including skin, body & hair care products using only the finest natural herbs and extracts, which harness nature’s essence.


Amazingly they produce all their products at their head office site in Carrickfergus. Check out this video of their soap production in the factory…

Soap StoryIn 2009 the company developed their Soap Story brand. Aimed at a younger clientele this fresh fun brand was initially developed for their export markets but has recently launched across the U.K. The packaging is fun and funky and the products are vegan, not tested on animals and smell and feel fantastic.

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They have soaps that look like cupcakes, they actually look good enough to eat. They have soaps that look like delicious pieces of cake. And they have just launched a wibbly wobbly Jelly Soap.

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Their Jelly Soaps are made with seriously good ingredients including amazing essential oils and carrageenan (seaweed extract), and are a fun to product sure to bring a smile to your day.

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If you’re looking to buy some Soap Story products, our favourite local department store Menarys have a range of the brand in a number of stores. Just look out for the display stands selling colourful and fun cake like products!

Keep supporting local!

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