Bayou Bath Company Offers Community New Shopping Experience
A childhood dream became a reality for Patty Lancon when she opened her business, Bayou Bath Company on Main Street in Jeanerette.
"Ever since I was a little girl I wanted a shop," Lancon said. "I first thought it would be a book shop with authors reading." Even though one day, she may add books to her new store at the old Cleco office at 1407 Main Street, Lancon's love of soaps has led her to begin her new business.
"I've loved soap since my grandmother used to bring back soap from London," she said. When a friend was selling her soap business, Lancon was ready to begin making different types of soaps.
"I'm interested in herbs and oils and a natural way to do things," she said. With her husband, Louis Lancon, beginning Sugar City Grower's Co-op, the supply of herbs was easily available. With the support of her family, Lancon quickly went from selling her soaps at Farmer's Market to owning a retail business.
"I'm the dreamer and he makes it happen," she said of her husband. "He's the practical side. I always in the back of my mind thought as the kids got older I wanted to open a shop," Lancon said. She added that family support was important to realizing her dream.
Moving to Jeanerette was the perfect choice for the Lancons who wanted their children to grow up in a small community. Now Lancon wants to give back to the community by offering a new shopping experience for its residents. Not only will the business feature Lancon's home crafted soaps and bath products, it will also become an outlet for artists and crafters to sell their work.
"One thing I'm excited about is we have a minimum of ten local vendors to consign so we are filling a lot of the shop with local artists," she said.
The New Iberia Art guild will feature a different local artist's work at the business every month. Artists featured in the store will fill it with items such as hand made wood bowls and cutting boards, pillow case dresses, tea towels, jewelry and many other gift items.
"You realize that when you start making soap that it is an art form," she said. Lancon hopes to promote the art community through her store.
Lancon's bath products will include everything from soaps and lotions to candles.
"I start with bases which are all natural," Lancon said. She can personalize her gift baskets with soaps that would appeal to its receiver, she said. She begins by asking the buyer for an idea of a fragrance that the receiver would like and a price range of the gift. For those with allergies, she can also accommodate requests for natural soaps without fragrances, she said.
A men's shaving soap and old time brushes and razors have also been added to the items available at the business.
Bayou Bath Company will opened January 31. The business is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Patty Lancon stands by the front counter as Louis Lancon gets items for customers.
A large selection of scented bath soaps and salts await buyers.