Buff City Soap
About Buff City Soap
Founded in 2013 and franchising since 2018, Buff City Soap is a Southern-based lifestyle brand disrupting the way people buy every day soap. The brand’s Makeries house a manufacturing and retail business under one roof, where customers customize soaps and see employees handcraft the products in-store. Buff City Soap has 11 shops open in four states with 20 additional locations in various stages of development.
Founded in 2013, Buff City Soap started when Brad Kellum, a former firefighter paramedic discovered that his every day store-bought soap was packed with cow fat and other synthetic materials. He, along with his girlfriend and cofounder Jennifer Ziemianin, a registered nurse, began experimenting with a plant-based alternative in their garage. Gaining the interest of family, friends and neighbors, the couple sold soap at farmer’s markets and launched a website to sell online under the name The Bartlett Soap Co. In 2014 the first brick-and-mortar location opened in Barlett and has since grown to 11 store fronts and a thriving online business.
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