Springtime is here & with it comes some exciting events at Pantry. We are thrilled to be hosting our first workshops inside our Wells location in the upcoming weeks. Grab your fave gal pals & join us for a few hours of learning about all natural products. And it that doesn’t already sound fun enough, you then get to take home what you make! What a great way to spend your time, right? Take a look below to see what’s coming up at Pantry!

 

Holland Inside Pantry

On Saturday, April 14th, join us for an event with the Holland Project where we’ll be making skincare products that you can easily make using items found in your pantry. If you have been searching for all natural products to replace all the current chemical filled ones you own, then come & learn how to make them on your own! We love sharing what we know about the benefits of all natural products so if you’ve been thinking of making the switch, we want to encourage you to attend this event! Don’t be shy. C0me, create, & ask away! Time TBD & announced on our Instagram & Facebook soon!

 

April Showers + Baths: Natural Shower + Bath Products Workshop

Join us on Friday, April 2oth from 7-9pm at 1375 S. Wells Ave. for a night of getting our hands dirty while making yourself or a loved one clean bath & shower products!  In this hands-on workshop you’ll  learn how bring new life & natural freshness into your bathing rituals. We’ll educate you on creating simple shower-time treats and how to incorporate the scents of spring into bath time delights. Each attendee will make & take home four all-natural goodies plus receive 10% off Pantry shop purchases.

Tickets are on sale for $30-40 & covers entry for one person. So come ready to learn & experience the art of all-natural products & fun which includes complimentary finger foods, teas, and other assorted bites and beverages. You can sign up here & we hope to see you there! 

 

Mother’s Day Tea Party: Health + Wellness Tea Workshop

Happy Mother’s Day! Join us on Sunday, May 13th, 11 am-1 pm at 1375 S. Wells Ave. for a Mother’s Day health & wellness workshop. Treat the mom in your life (or yourself) to this special event on a very special day! Along with delicious teas to sip & snacks to enjoy, participants will be educated on the medicinal benefits of herbal teas & create their own custom tea blend & handmade tea bags to take home. We will also employ these organic botanicals & spices to craft a luxurious bath tea soak. So grab the moms in your life, the hard working moms, the moms who raise little ones, the moms who are empty nesters, the moms who are motherly to more than just their own, & honor her with  a morning of relaxation & bliss! What mom could say no to that?

Tickets are $35-45 & covers entry for one person. The event features complimentary finger foods, teas, and other assorted bites and beverages. Visit our event page to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to celebrate the day with you!

 

Which workshop will you be atteding? We’re thinking all three!

– The Pantry Team


How is it already almost the end of March? I really just cant believe it! We have been busy all year trying to get our second Reno location up & running so that we could finally open. And we are so thrilled to say that we did so just a few weeks ago. All the late nights & hard work have paid off & we are over here just doing a big ole’ happy dance all around the large & open space that the Wells Avenue location has to offer! Have you visited the storefront yet? Well, no worries! We have some photos to share with you all right now! Oh, & did we mention we also had a Grand Opening party? We stayed up past dark & partied the night away (despite the last minute snow storm) last week, & we have some photos from that night too! Grab some coffee, or tea, & keep scrolling to witness & read all about our latest Pantry gratitude & love.

Did we tell you the space was dreamy, or what? It’s shelves are fully stocked, there is so much space to walk around & truly browse through all the products we offer, & it has the absolute best natural lighting that reflects so well with our white brick walls. Love the table & the shelves? Us too! Our good friend Dave over at DMOD Concepts custom made them for us. He sure is talented. He even designed our desk for us too. We love the feel of our large table front & center, & love even more so that it is actually three separate tables that can easily be moved around the store. We’re planning on using this space for pop-ups, events, & classes, so we are ecstatic to have tables that will help to accommodate our future needs of the space as well. Have a class you want to teach or a small handmade business that needs a storefront for a day or two, be sure to contact us! We’d love to have you!

The Wells location is open everyday from 10am-6pm. There is street parking out front & side street parking just south of the building. We can’t wait to until you stop in & check out the space for yourself! The address is 1375 S. Wells Avenue, & use the tag #pantryonwells when you share a pic on media. Now, let’s party!

 

Grand Opening Party

 

Cheers to our official Grand Opening Day/Party that happened last Friday. We had such a good time showing our close friends & customers the ins & outs of the new space. There was music, lights, food, shopping, Sugar Love Chocolates (& marshmallows), mingling, drinks, & more. We are so grateful for each & everyone of you who stopped by to welcome us into our second neighborhood/family, & to those of you who have supported us from the beginning! Our hearts have been so full all week long reminiscing on the fun had last Friday night. Your support in this endeavor means the world to Michelle & the entire Pantry team, who worked so hard to pull the night off!

We saw so many faces throughout the night! Our photographer, Abbey Kay stopped by, & was finally in a photo herself. Michelle even hopped in a few photos even though she can be camera shy. Needless to say, we felt the local love & can’t wait to see all the exciting adventures & opportunities the location on Wells brings our way. Thank you again for all the encouragement you’ve all brought us over the past week, months, & few years! We are so lucky to have customers & friends like you!

Be sure to follow along on our daily Pantry adventures over on our Instagram, & stop by our first location on Virginia Street if you find yourself down in The Basement sometime soon!

 

– The Pantry Team


Happy Friday, Pantry lovers! The sun is shining in Reno today + we hope you have some great plans to head outside this weekend. Before the work week ends + the fun times begin, we want to fill you all in on what’s been happening at our second store location over on Wells Avenue. We have been hurrying around to get the space ready for it’s Grand Opening coming up pretty soon. We’ll be sure to announce the date once we get closer.

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Happy Monday! Can you believe that January is coming to a close? Just  a few more days until we’ll be celebrating the Month of Love. And that means that Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away! Have you thought about what to get your special someone yet? Well, don’t worry because today we’re bringing you the ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Basement Edition. We’ve got flowers, chocolates, apparel, coffee, body oils, + more, all in a one-stop-shop for your February 14th needs. Check out the round-up of goodies below from Pantry Products and our neighbors in The Basement. There are some delights that’ll help you to create a night you’ll never forget!
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2018 is underway! We hope you had a safe + festive holiday season with your loved ones. 2017 Last year was a n incredible year for us at Pantry Products and we dancing in our seats to experience all that the New Year brings us. Of course Pantry would be nothing without the support of you and for believing in and being a part of our clean living dreams. Thank you thank you!!

To kick off 2018, we have quite a few notable things coming your way that we just know you’re going to love…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like gift-mas everywhere we go! And down in the Pantry we have everything that’s on your loved one’s holiday wish list. Whether you’re shopping for him, her, your mom, that fave coworker, your bff, or your expecting sister-in-law, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at what we rounded up as our favorite Pantry gifts to give to help spread some love & joy this holiday season.

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Hello there! How’s your week going? We hope it’s filled with great people, awesome moments, and something wonderful. As you head into hump day, we have some news to share with you all that we just cannot contain any longer! Drum roll, please… Pantry Products is ecstatic to announce that we are budding into a new city, Portland, Oregon.

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Hello November, where did you come from? We’re back from Paris & we can’t believe we’re already in the middle of fall & heading right into the holidays. Turkey Day, gift shopping, & holiday fun are just around the corner & things are about to get busy around here. We have some exciting events coming up that are aimed to help you enjoy the season. Whether you attend one of our workshops or stop by one of our many pop-ups, we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing! Take a look at our calendar below to see where we’ll be over the next few weeks. We hope to see you around during the holidays!

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11/9        West Elm SPCA Pop-up, 6-8pm – We’ll be popping up upstairs inside West Elm for the evening. Be sure to come & say hello!

11/23      Thanksgiving Day – Pantry is closed for turkey eating, football watching, and giving many thanks.

11/24      Closed – Pantry will be closed for holiday decorating. Swing by on Saturday to see what we’ve come up with for the holiday themed window display.

11/25      Small Business Saturday – Come on down to the Basement for a fun filled time with all of our Basement neighbors where we’ll be having drinks, giveaways, & discounts.

12/1-3   Detroit Urban Craft Fair – We’re excited to be in our founder’s hometown for one of our biggest vendor events of the year. Michigan, we’re coming for ya! You can read more info about the fair here.

12/7-9    39 North Pole, (7th&8th) 4-9pm, (9th) 12-9pm – Over in Sparks, located on Victorian Square, we’ll be set up amongst other local vendors spreading holiday cheer. You can find more details about the event here if you’re interested.

12/9        Holland Project Rogue Art+Craft, 10-4pm – We’ll have a variety of Pantry Products to sell amongst other local artists & crafters. You’ll be able to get your gift shopping done all in one place, & early!

12/15       Deck the Halls Workshop, 7-9pm  at the Basement – Make your home extra merry this holiday with your very own handcrafted eucalyptus wreath or garland! We’ll have an vast assortment of ingredients including fresh and dried eucalyptus, cedar garland, dried fruits, herbs, and spices as well as an assortment of decorative items. In between tying twine, partake in a little seasonal merrymaking with seasonally-appropriate drinks and bites. We hope you’re ready to take your creativity to the next level! Your tickets can be bought here.


Bonjour! We’re beyond excited to say that we are in Paris this week. Shop owner Michelle decided to travel across the pond to celebrate her up coming birthday in the dreamy City of Lights. Baguettes, beingets, berets; they’re all in our immediate future, at least through Michelle’s travel pictures of course. Be sure to follow along over on our Instagram to see how Pantry in Paris unfolds.

Will we find the Moisturizing Facial Mist somewhere in the terminal after the long flight just ready to refresh our skin? Or how about the Dry Shampoo ready to give our hair a lift after a few days of unwashed travel? Perhaps we’ll come across the Air & Linen Spray ready to make the hostel smell a bit more like home. I definitely hope there’s something special saved for the Eiffel Tower. We’ll have to wait & see, but I know it will be a treat!

Did you know we love seeing our products out in the wild? Show us how you use your Pantry Products by using the tag #pantryinthewild, & comment below telling us your must have product for when you travel! 

Au revoir! 


 

Tell us a little bit about yourself & what made you decide to start Pantry Products.

My name is Michelle M. Czarka but I answer to Meesh. In 2015, I founded Pantry Products: a handmade line of 100% all-natural skin + body care products in response to a consumer marketplace hawking chemical-packed products and over-priced natural skincare.  I was born in Michigan, raised in the Metro-Detroit area, and relocated to Lake Tahoe 12 years ago. (And yes, if you ask where in Michigan, I will pull up my right hand to indicate home). I am passionate about truth in marketing, supporting local business and my community, celebrating my inner child, singing all the songs, and eating all the noodles.  

 

Where did the name come from?

When I first started creating natural gifts for my friends and family, I was sourcing ingredients from the shelves of my kitchen pantry. Items such as coconut oil, sugar, avocado oil, cocoa powder, etc. When I decided to turn my hobby into a business, I sought a name that was as clean as the products and conveyed the simpleness of the ingredients. Pantry Products was born.

How many of the products do you currently use in your home or day to day life, & what are your top three favorites?

This is a tough question! While Pantry crafts and sells skin + body care products, we are really more of a lifestyle company. Our products are developed to support and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. We strive to be a natural replacement for the harmful products lining most store shelves. For me, all of my personal care products are Pantry. I use all of our bath products including Coconut + Chai body wash, Coffee + Choco body polish, Grapefruit + Mint shave gel, Rosemary + Mint hair wash + rinse, the sea salt soaks for sore muscle and soul pampering. I use our Coconut + Chai Hand + Body lotion, Lavender + Neroli after shower spray, dry shampoo. My skincare is all Pantry (and this could easily be my favorite part of the brand). Product testing our oil cleanser changed my entire outlook on skincare. No splashing of water, no mad rush to slather lotion on my dried out skin only to feel greasy, no need to control oily skin throughout the day. Three times a week, I oil cleanse. In the morning after my shower,  I use our Pack Your Bags eye roller, Aloe + Rosewater Toner, and Rejuvenating Facial Mist. I brush my chompers with our Tooth Powder, put on Bergamot + Lemongrass deodorant, apply Force Field roller ball as fragrance. At night, I treat my skin to more Pack Your Bags before applying our Nighttime Repair Serum, I spritz my pillow with Eucalyptus + Spearmint Air + Linen Spray and apply our Nail + Cuticle Oil before slipping into slumber. I could go on and on…lip balms, room sprays, candles, pet products, laundry products…I use them all!

Oil Cleanser

 

 

 

 

My favorites (at the moment) are Combination Oil Cleanser, Tooth Powder, Rejuvenating Facial Mist.

Tell us what it’s like to be a female owner of a business? What’s the most fun part & the most challenging?
I absolutely love being a business owner. I love developing ideas, I love introducing people to healthy alternatives to the cancer-causing products found in today’s marketplace. I love sharing information and engaging in conversation with my customers.

Being a female business owner has challenges aside from the day-to-day tasks of operating a business and ensuring my passion and message are communicated clearly through all channels. There is a lot of talk of female empowerment these days but I also feel there is a lot of competitiveness between females and female business owners. I work hard to support the women around me and to share opportunities for promotion any chance I have. There’s enough opportunity out there for all of us so I believe in sharing the success and actively working to lift up my fellow hard working ladies (and men).

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I’m not certain small business owners have typical work days. Some mornings starts around 7:30 a.m. with computer + coffee time on my couch where my pup, Lou curls up around me while I address emails, review my daily/weekly calendar, manage inventory, develop new products + labels, and tackle various aspects of biz ops. Some days, I’m up early for a run or road bike ride followed by local errands: picking up packaging and labels, shopping for ingredients, dropping off orders to our area stockists. Other days, I head right into the shop to work on production, test recipes for new products and our monthly workshops, custom blend requests from our customers, brainstorm with my neighbors in The Basement on collaborations. This variation of schedule is one of my favorite aspects of being a business owner.  

You’re clearly all about living a natural healthy lifestyle. Do you have any tips on how to start doing that for a beginner?
The transition starts with one simple step. When you run out of a product, instead of replacing it with the same, seek out a natural alternative. Purchase a chemical-free body wash, trade out your hand lotion, toss out that terrible deodorant and allow your body to detox naturally. All Pantry products are priced affordably so folks can afford to purchase healthy without emptying the piggy bank.

Here are a few simple questions:

Dogs or cats?
All the animals! I love both dogs and cats and share my home with a Bichon-Poodle named Lou and a tiger striped kitty named Emma. I value Lou’s playfulness and companionship while, with Emma, I appreciate her independence and ability to oftentimes desire nothing from me than a warm place to curl up and a couple forehead butts.

Coffee or tea?
Strong coffee with a splash of cream in the morning, spicy ginger tea at night.

Morning or night?
I’m at extremes with the times of day. I love the wee hours of the morning before the world wakes and the late hours of the night after the world has gone to sleep. Like most people these days, I’m often distracted by my iPhone: text messages, social media, emails. The “off” hours allow me to focus on work, writing, designing, and planning without interruption.

What else are you passionate about?
In today’s current political state, I’m passionate about social and political activism and about speaking up and out about inequality. While I am but one woman running a very small business, I believe small actions can have highly complex and large impacts.

How has starting Pantry Products changed you & your life?
It has changed so much of my life. For nearly 20 years, I worked in corporate marketing in various industries including automotive, mortgage banking, commercial construction, and healthcare. I loved my career but I always desired to create something for myself, a place where I could pave my own path and bring my ideas to life. The skills I honed during my Marketeer years have aided in bringing Pantry to life as a brand and the experience I gained working side-by-side with the C-Suite of highly successful start-ups has guided my practices as a business owner. I’m passionate about what I do and every bit of me is poured into every aspect of Pantry.

What does the future have in store for Pantry Products?
The question I ask myself nearly every day! My immediate goals are:

  • Become 100% organic in 2018
  • Expand our partnerships with amazing stockists across the US
  • Continue to serve as an educator in both my local and online community
  • Land Pantry on Oprah’s Favorite Things list. 😀