Happy 5th Anniversary!

This month, October 2021, marks the five-years anniversary of my SAABOON brick and mortar shop.

In this blog post I thought it might be interesting to show you a little of what this space (595 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa) looked like before, and during construction. I hope you enjoy this :)

The exterior was in very rough shape and I ended up painting it from top to bottom myself.
The interior was temporarily used for storage. As you can see, not a pleasant view.
For years, this space was occupied by a DVD and Blu-ray rental business. Unfortunately for them, technology advanced and transitioned to streaming services, and they fell out of business.
Everything had to go, and the space was renovated from ground up.
I was on site every day for about four months during construction, managing the project, and helping in any way I could.
The crew hard at work! Zoom in to see better. 
The metal bars on the door and window absolutely had to go! In my opinion these just formed a psychological barrier. Nothing welcoming about them — resembling prison bars.
The old tiles gone, and the floors being prepared with concrete.
The counter is not yet constructed here.
Opening up my own brick and mortar store has truly been a wonderful experience. Yes, the work never ends and there are endless tasks, but I would not change one bit. I have met many wonderful people, and have made many great friends as a result of this. I sincerely want to thank you all for your continuous support. Whether coming to my physical store, or placing online orders, without your support this small SAABOON shop would not exist.

Thank You! Thank You!

I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a note below in the comments section! Have you been here? Would you like to come visit? Any, and all comments are welcome. I'd love to hear from you!

Hope to see you soon. Come visit us, we're at 595 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa. ON

PS. I am reading all your messages below — thanks and keep them coming! :) However, the way the website is setup I am unable to respond to your messages individually unfortunately. Here, I want to let you know how much your kind words mean to me. So very grateful to you! Really appreciate you all taking time to write your beautiful messages. Many thanks !!

42 comments

Hey Joulian,
Congrats on your 5-year anniversary!
Thanks for the great conversations and fantastic products.
Keep following this amazing journey, and have fun.
All the best,
Christine

Christine Roy October 15, 2021

Congratulations!
I am so grateful that a friend showed your store to me. Saboon is the only soap I buy now! I also buy it for my family members and it makes a great gift. I also love visiting your store. You are always so welcoming and serene.
Cheers.

Ruth October 15, 2021

Congratulations!
I love your store and products.

Jennifer Howey October 15, 2021

Happy anniversary and congratulations! What a fun adventure and a great transformation. Your shop space is so inviting, I can’t wait to step back into it.
Thank you for continuing to make such amazing products!

Lisa M October 14, 2021

Would love to make it in to the actual store – the smell must be amazing! Congrats on all your hard work and such great products.

Janette October 14, 2021

Congratulations on 5 years! I love what you’ve done with the shop, it’s beautiful and is a great showcase for your amazing products. :)

Gina Rehbein October 14, 2021

Thanks for sharing about the beginning of your journey, Joulian. Your products are by far the best stuff we’ve ever used, and we cannot live without them every day! Congratulations on the 5 year anniversary, and look forward to seeing more of your creations!!

JnJ October 14, 2021

LOVE Saaboon products! Congratulations on 5 years and cheers to many more.

Lauren October 14, 2021

Congratulations Joulien and Leon! Wishing you 50 more years of success!

Ran Yang October 14, 2021

What a gorgeous space! Congratulations on your fifth anniversary.
And so glad to get a glimpse of your dog…

Claudine October 14, 2021

Congrats on 5 years at the shop Jules!! You know I’ve been loving and adoring your products for much longer than 5 years and I always wondered what the place looked like before you smothered it with your magic touch :) Great to have all of your line in one truly special space <3

Holly Beck October 14, 2021

Congratulations! I only started using SAABOON products during the pandemic, so I hope the visit the actual store soon!!

Chloe Richard October 14, 2021

Congratulations on your 5th year Anniversary! I love everything I’ve received as gifts and love the purchases I’ve bought from your store! You must be so proud and Cheers to you!🥂

Carol October 14, 2021

Wow! What a transformation! From dirty and gritty, to clean and fresh! Just like the body transformation when we use your gorgeous soaps! Congratulations, Julian! You have created a beautiful and serene environment to showcase your gorgeous products. So glad I “found” you on a run home, one winter day!

Heidi October 14, 2021

I really enjoyed seeing the transformation, you have such vision Joulian! Congrats on 5 years, the service and the quality is outstanding!

Heidi Green October 14, 2021

Congratulations Joulien! I love the thought behind removing those bars—truly is a welcoming space (I love walking by in the winter when it is dark and stormy and the window is light up—so warm and inviting)

Erin Kean October 14, 2021

Such an inviting space to shop. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. Your soap is so amazing for my hands that spend a lot of time in soil. Moisturizing, great lather, mild scent and long lasting bars all combine for a perfect soap. So much choice and difficult to pick a favourite out of your collection. Your soap is a perfect blend of science and art.

Erica October 14, 2021

Congratulations on 5 years..cheers to many more.🥂

Mary Lynn October 14, 2021

I still remember the video store that used to be there. What a transformation!

Chris Dixon October 14, 2021

Congrats on 5 years! Wow, 5 years already. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the process, what an incredible space you created. Not to mention the amazing products. My go to wherever I am in Canada / abroad. Cheers to many more!

Alexa October 14, 2021

Happy 5th Anniversary! The shop is perfect and that sink is to die for. I want it in my house!
Love your products and I love that they are all vegan. Will be in soon to replenish my supply. Always nice to see you and your furry little sidekick Leon. Wishing you many more years of continued success.
Cheers!

Lisa Kis October 14, 2021

Congrats on 5 years of business Julian! I really enjoyed seeing the transformation of this space, the hard work definitely paid off. Your products are really wonderful, you should be very proud! Can’t wait to order more!

Melissa October 14, 2021

Bravo on taking the chance on yourself with Saaboon and congrats on 5years. I have given your soap as gifts on a few occasions and have always received wonderful feedback.

Christopher October 13, 2021

Happy 5th anniversary! I’m an online customer but I’ll definitely visit the shop at some point.

Julie October 13, 2021

I have been to your store and bought your products as gifts many times Your store is lovely. You once gave me some products as a prize for fundraiser. I was grateful for your support. I wish you many years of success.

LAURIE WILSON October 13, 2021

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