Pantry ladyboss, Michelle M. Czarka was crowned top pitch during Zawadisha’s Women As Change Makers Pitch Competition.14725746_1086414311457921_9086577231242949915_n

Women As Change Makers is a one-day summit celebrating the women of Reno – Lake Tahoe – Truckee and is designed to provide women with the tools, knowledge, and network to take their business or career to the next level.

This year’s pitch competition featured 5 local, female-owned businesses who delivered a 2-min pitch on their brand followed by 3 minutes of Q & A from the 5 judge panel. Attendees were invited to assist the judges in making the difficult decision by voting online.

The event is planned and hosted by Zawadisha, a South Lake Tahoe-based organization that provides small loans to rural Kenyan women to help finance their livelihoods.

Pantry is honored to have been chosen considering how amazing the women businesses are we pitched against. Show them some love by visiting their pages below:


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Well, Summerlin, NV to be exact. We are thrilled to announce that West Elm Summerlin is carrying Pantry as part of their LOCAL program. Check out the press release below…


BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–West Elm announced today the opening of its third Nevada store in Downtown Summerlin®, bringing approximately 30 jobs to the master-planned community. The 11,032 square-foot retail location will open on Thursday, October 6 at 10 a.m. As part of West Elm’s LOCAL program, eight Nevada-based makers and designers will sell their products with the store’s holiday assortment of modern furnishings and décor. A complimentary design lab offering West Elm’s Style + Services will support customers in their journey to express their personal style at home. The store also includes Nevada-based artist Zac Bryson of Wildwood Supply Co.’s custom-designed cash wrap that uses salvaged wood geometrically arranged to evoke the area’s desert landscape.

“Summerlin by design is all about community, and we are thrilled to enter a market where we can be a creative hub to neighbors and visitors alike”

“Summerlin by design is all about community, and we are thrilled to enter a market where we can be a creative hub to neighbors and visitors alike,” said West Elm president Jim Brett. “And as we continue to grow in Nevada, we are committed to making a positive impact, from supporting local artisans to expanding the job market.”

To celebrate the opening, West Elm partnered with Las Vegas-based artist Anna See to design a limited edition tote bag that will be presented to the first 300 shoppers with a $50 minimum purchase on opening day. Additional store opening activities will include a sweepstakes* offering local customers a chance to win a $2,000 gift card and an invitation to a private pre-opening celebration on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A portion of the pre-opening celebration proceeds will benefit the Nevada SPCA, a local nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter encouraging people to be the best possible guardians for the animal companions in their care.

“Downtown Summerlin is thrilled to welcome West Elm to the property,” stated Andrew Ciarrocchi, senior general manager of Downtown Summerlin. “Securing unique and sought-after brands that meet the demands of our customers and community is paramount for us. West Elm is a great addition, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

A selection of locally made products by eight Nevada-based makers and artisans will be a part of the West Elm SummerlinLOCAL assortment including:

  • Anna See: Handmade linocut prints and colorful illustrations from a Las Vegas artist.
  • Casey D Sibley: Colorful and modern textiles designed in Reno for handmade accessories and home goods.
  • Haus of Reed: Cement planters and coasters blending traditional technique and modern style.
  • Laxalt & McIver: Modern prints designed by a Reno-based collective that evoke emotion and inspire creativity.
  • Pantry Products: Small-batch soaps that are all-natural and chemical free, blended-by-hand in Reno.
  • SparklePower: Wooden wall art from a husband & wife team in Las Vegas.
  • Tia Flores Calabaza Sculptures: A Reno-based artist whose rich ancestry inspires her sculpture.
  • Urbanwoodworx: Furniture and lighting designed with reclaimed wood in Las Vegas.

For up-to-date information on in-store promotions and events, customers are encouraged to “like” the West Elm Summerlin store on Facebook: and follow the store on Instagram: @westelmsummerlin. West Elm Summerlin is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The store’s address is 1770 Festival Plaza Drive, Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV 89135 and the phone number is 702.255.4030.

*Open only to residents that live within the Summerlin, NV area. Official rules of the sweepstakes can be found on theSummerlin Sweepstakes page.

About West Elm

Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, West Elm opened its first store in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. With the mission of helping customers express their personal style at home, work and away, everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact in everyday life, from creating unique, affordable designs for modern living to its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven in-store events and collaborations. The brand operates 94 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. In addition to home furnishings retail, West Elm operates West Elm Workspace in the commercial furnishings industry. West Elm publishes the blogFront+Main and is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. West Elm is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.

September is here!

School has started, our white accessories are being stored away, and we’re already seeing Halloween and Christmas decorations flocking the shelves. While we’re not quite in the chilly clutches of fall, over here at Pantry Products, we are giddy with excitement over crafting goodies fit for the season…and for inviting you to join us in making your own. Read below to learn more about upcoming seasonal offerings and the introduction of our hands-on workshops. 

The Pantry Vault by Pantry Products
Proprietor: Michelle M. Czarka
Shop Assistant: Chris Ace-Thigpen
Pantry Pooch: Lou

Let’s get hands-on!
The big news this month is the rolling out of Pantry Workshops. Starting October 1st, we’ll be hosting at least one hands-on workshop a month where we’ll educate and guide attendees in the rewarding process of making their own all-natural skin and body care products as well as the benefits found in natural butters, essential oils, herbs and botanicals. Our first class features a fresh take on a seasonal favorite: Pumpkin Spice. Check out the schedule below and visit our Workshops + Events page to enroll. 

10/01 – Anything but Basic: Pumpkin Spice Skin + Body Care
10/13 – Practical Magic: Modern Day Potions + Tinctures
11/10 – Scents of the Season: Simmer Scents
12/08 – Deck the Halls: Eucalyptus Wreaths + Garlands
01/12 – New Year, New You: Post-holiday Detox
02/13 – Galentine’s Day: Ladies Only Workshop

What’s up, Buttercup?!

We can’t stop and won’t stop dreaming up new offerings for the shop. It’s what keeps us up at night and fires us to hop out of bed in the morning (well, that and the promise of coffee). Below are some newbies we’ll be introducing to the shop over the next month or so. Follow us on our social channels to stay in the loop on release dates. 

//Travel Kits//
Air travel-friendly and conveniently sized and packaged Pantry essentials including body wash, facial mists, roller ball remedies, shave gel, and more. 
//Cold-process Bar Soap//

We made them for West Elm and now we’re making them for you. Stay tuned for our collection of handmade soaps.

//Seasonal Essential Oil Diffuser Blends//

Fill your home with the scents of the season with our custom-mixed diffuser drops

//Monthly Subscription Boxes//

Share Pantry with loved one by gifting them a monthly subscription of Pantry goodies or gift one to yourself to stay up-to-date on our latest offerings


Last Wednesday, West Elm opened the doors to their Reno location and Pantry was honored to not only take part in the festivities but to occupy a little shelf space. The new store, just above Pantry, is housed in the historic downtown Reno post office and boy, did they turn this space into something magical. Visit the following links for coverage and pop over to West Elm’s website to bring their lovely designs into your home. xo Michelle

Abbey Kaye


Downtown Makeover


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Happy August!

We’re in the final stretch of summer but the fun in the sun isn’t over yet. At Pantry, we’re still working on all-natural essentials for your summer adventures and taking our goodies to the streets and shops near you. Check out the scoop below and see where we are, what we’ve been up to and a little spilling of the beans on our latest stockist. (Hint: It’s our new neighbor).

Be sure to keep a look out for next month’s newsletter as we’ll be announcing the first of our monthly workshops. It’s sure to get you in the mood for the cooler months.

Until then, stay cool!

The Pantry Vault by Pantry Products
Proprietor: Michelle M. Czarka
Shop Assistant: Chris Ace-Thigpen
Pantry Pooch: Lou

Spilling the Beans
Ok, we can’t wait for one paragraph to tell you….Pantry has been selected for West Elm’sLOCAL program. Eek! When our upstairs neighbors open their new Reno location on August 11th, you’ll discover handmade cold process soap from yours truly. We’ve custom-designed 5 varieties of soap just for West Elm (pictured in the header of this email) and will be collaborating on maker + public workshops. We are pleased as punch to be selected and are full of inspiration for what’s to come. Mark your calendars for the opening and stay tuned for workshop info.


Put Your Best Face Forward

Pantry Products started off as a lifestyle brand offering chemical-free alternatives to cleaning your home, laundry, and yoga mats. It has since developed into so much more especially in regards to skincare. We currently offer over a dozen products custom-blended products to ensure you’re putting your best face forward without sacrificing your health. Take a peek below at our best sellers: 

Pantry offers 3 clay masks to meet the needs of your skin: clarifying Lavender-Frankincense, Exfoliating Pink Clay Mask, Detox Charcoal Clay Mask. Now conveniently offered in a sample trio so you can try all three.
Botancial Facial Steam
Acne-Prone Skincare: Toner, Cleanser, Blemish Stick
Facial Mists
Pore-Clearing Oil Cleansers
Green Tea Moisturizer & Nourishing Neroli Eye Serum


Supporting Local
The benefits from supporting our local businesses are wide-reaching. By buying from within our community, we strengthen our economic bases, keep our community unique, reduce environmental impact, encourage local prosperity, create job, and encourage entrepreneurship to name a few.
While we are small and don’t have much to offer, we aim to help and support our local businesses and entrepreneurs however and whenever we can. Be sure to show love to a few of our favorites: 
Abbey Kaye
Pantry Products’ photographer extraordinaire.
Letrero Signage
The Vault’s uber-talented chalkboard artiste.
Signs By Tomorrow
This family-owned franchise makes our bottles look good.
Ace Studios
Like our website? We have them to thank.
Cutting Image
You need a banner, this husband and wife team has you covered.
Freund Container Company
Not only the a wide-variety of offerings but some of the nicest staff members.
Al Bee’s Honey
We use only the best local honey in our products.
Global Coffee Cafe
We love coffee. We love our neighbors, Global and we love using their coffee in our products.

Hot off the press 

We aim to introduce as least one new product offering a week and we will often dole out free samples to our faithful followers. Be sure to follow us on social (links below) to hear about our Hot Off The Press products and maybe snag up some all-natural freebies. We’re always looking for suggestions too so please be sure to send your recommendations our way.  Here’s what’s fresh on the shelves this month:

Pantry’s Summer Essentials feature soothing Gardener’s Hand Salve, Bugs Be Gone Spray, Cooling After Sun Spray, and our Sunscreen Stick. Grab them before your next summer adventure.
Hand & Body Butter
Bugs Be Gone Spray
Dirty Dog Wash &
Dog Deodorant
Dry Shampoo
I Like Big Bubbles 
Sunny Lemonade Lip Balm with SPF
Green Tea Moisturizer
Natural Deodorant
Neroli Eye Serum
Pantry out on the town
Sometimes we come up from The Basement for a little vitamin D and fresh air. Sometimes we even bring our handmade wares with us. Come visit us at these local events. Mention you are a newsletter member and we’ll show our thanks with 10% off your purchase.
July 14th & August 4th
Meet the Maker featuring Pantry Products
July 22nd
Runway Reveal
August 19th

Oh my, hi!

You followed your senses and discovered a secret hideaway tucked in the far corners of Reno’s new vibrant underground marketplace, The Basement. You meandered the halls and entered into The Pantry Vault. And we’re over-the-moon you found us.

A little about us:
Pantry Products is a modern apothecary offering all-natural skin, aromatherapy, and body care products to support your healthy lifestyle. All Pantry Products wares are carefully handcrafted and custom-blended inside The Pantry Vault using high quality and locally-sourced natural ingredients. From our tried and true offerings to seasonal specialties and customized orders, we aim to offer chemical-free, affordable alternatives for commercially available products.

Our business practices strive to be as kind to the environment as our products are to your skin and we work diligently to reduce, reuse, and recycle in every aspect of our business. We encourage you to share in showing tenderness to the Earth by returning your empty and cleaned Pantry Products containers. We’ll show our gratitude with a 10% discount.

What’s to come:
Always new products, hands-on classes, custom wedding gifts/shower favors/goodie bags, giveaways/contest, free samples, and more! We’ve only just begun and we have so many delights to craft. We always welcome suggestions, adore feedback (both positive and negative), and look forward to being the brand to keep you beautiful while keeping you healthy.

The Pantry Vault
Proprietor: Michelle M. Czarka
Shop Assistant: Chris Ace-Thigpen
Pantry Pooch: Lou