Rinse Bath & Body in Monroe, Ga. is growing again, and this time it’s not just the size of the family. The company has purchased the building behind the old Walton Tribune offices at 127 Lumpkin Street that once housed the Newspaper’s circulation department. Owner Heather Swanepoel said they just really needed the extra space.
“I like to think we are like goldfish in a bowl. We grow to the size of our tank,” she said. “It took less than two years for us to grow to the size we are in our current location and we just needed more space.”
After starting operations as a hobby for Swanepoel in 2002, Rinse Bath & Body began serious production in a basement workshop in Between before moving into downtown Monroe in 2013.
Within a year, the company had outgrown the first Work(Shop) as they liked to call it, moving a few stores down Broad Street to the current location on the corner of Broad and Spring Street.
The current Work(Shop) will remain and the new location will focus more on the manufacturing side of the business.
“We needed a better production flow. We have some potentially really big accounts coming and didn’t need our constraints over there impeding our growth,” Swanepoel said. “We were hoping to move some of it over here as soon as possible and to have production up and running in a couple of weeks. But another opportunity (that we can’t disclose just yet) has presented itself so it probably won’t be before May that we can actually begin production here.”
In the meantime, Swanepoel and her husband, Damyn, are renovating the building and getting it ready for production to begin.
“We will be making sure we have time to outfit it and get it set up and functional. We want to be very intentional with layout and equipment,” Swanepoel said. “We’re really excited to be on the back side of things to help rejuvenate and revive this street. We are very much looking forward to what the city has planned for this alleyway – can’t wait to see that getting underway. We’ve seen the renderings and they look really, really good. We do plan on renovating the exterior of the building as well to give it more of the historic charm that it once had.”
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