Ames is welcoming a new store to its south side this weekend, as Buff City Soap is celebrating its grand opening at the growing Duff Plaza.
Store Owner Chris Meyers, an Iowa State University alumnus, is excited to be back with the local community offering premium, locally-made cleansing products. “Everything is handmade in-store,” he told StoryCounty.News. “If it’s [at the store] in Ames, it was made in Ames.”
Meyers believes the store’s chemical-free products carry great variety, with fully customizable scent made into bar and foaming hand soaps, body butters and scrubs, and even beard balm and shave soap. The company’s plant-based laundry soap is especially popular among customers of various demographics, according to Meyers.
Buff City’s plant-based soaps contain no harsh chemicals or preservatives, making it ideal for skin. “It has very clean ingredients,” Meyers noted. “It’s great for anybody who does laundry and who likes a good premium brand and a quality product.
“Everybody uses soap. People care about what they put in their body, and they care about what they put on their body.”
Approximately 250 Buff City Soap locations exist across the country, with the brand continuing to expand. Meyers owns stores in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The Ames store marks the 12th Iowa location, 11 of which have opened in the past two-and-a-half years alone. Because the soaps are handmade at each location daily, every store is unique to the community that it serves. “You’ve got to come see it,” Meyers concluded. “You’ve got to step foot inside and try the product. Once you try it, you will love it.”
The VIP Grand Opening, which began on Thursday and ends Sunday, features free detergent samples and prize giveaways. Additionally, children can paint bath bombs inside the store for free.
Opening weekend hours are as follows: Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Normal business hours are set as follows: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Buff City Soap in Ames is located at 1419 Buckeye Avenue, Suite 101, near Old Navy, Five Below, and Staples.