HGBA Spotlight: Happy Anchor Soapery

Leonard (Leo) Hayes
Happy Anchor Soapery

Email: shophappyanchor@gmail.com |Website: www.shophappyanchor.com

Happy Anchor Soapery’s Deep Blue Sea soap is imbued with peppermint, menthol and pumice.

When and why did you decide to start your own company?
We started in 2012 because of Leo’s severe allergy issues and reactions/sensitivity to certain chemicals and additives. It’s exciting because seven years later, we’re in stores locally and across the country.

How does your business serve the local community? 
We are a part of and support several local farmers markets. We donate items to charities, nonprofits, churches, and schools. We also do a fun monthly event where we hide some of our products locally and give a picture hint on Facebook.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
We love getting personal thank you’s through email and social media, and even “in person” hugs for clearing up skin problems people have had for years.

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your business?
We have been invited to many events after meeting and connecting with others at their social gatherings. They have provided us with great free advertising just for being a member.

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
Always focus on your customers; they’re the ones keeping you in business. Have a business plan and revisit it annually. When challenges arise, change what you can, overcome and adapt what you can’t, and know when to reevaluate. But don’t give up!

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
Leo is from Alabama and I’m from Ohio. We were stationed here when Leo was in the Navy and when he retired, we never left. We love the access Haymarket has to many other areas outside of the state, like New York, New Jersey, Maryland, etc. We enjoy all it has to offer while still being far enough away from the hustle and bustle of busy D.C. area. And of course, Wegman’s is only 5 minutes away! Silver Lake is one of our favorite places to visit and walk our dog and now that the farmer’s market has relocated to The Winery at La Grange, it’s a weekly destination for us.

Happy Anchor Soapery’s rosemary and peppermint scented shampoo bar.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
For Leo it’s the spring. He loves all the new blooms and life. As for me, my favorite is fall. I love the changing colors and cooler temperatures.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Leo’s into photography, fishing, and woodworking, and I enjoy sewing, creating social functions, and cooking. Together we are wine connoisseurs and love to travel. We’re real locavores, too, and shop small as much as possible.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Gateau. It’s in Warrenton, but it is one of our favorite regular places to visit.

What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Battlefield High School, of course. All three of our kids graduated from there. Go Bobcats!

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
Yes, but only through product donations. We hope to explore working with the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary, Comfort Cases, Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness, and others in the near future.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
Leo loved being in the Navy and spent 11 years in pharmacy and nine years in preventative medicine before retiring. I taught dance dance at the age of 12, in a studio our family stills owns in Ohio.

Happy Anchor Soapery Market Locations
Thursdays, 3-7pm, The Winery At La Grange
Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, Middleburg Community Market
Second Sunday of the Month, 11am-4pm, The Market At the Barn in Middleburg

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