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March 27, 2020 6 min read 6 Comments

Just like you, we've never been in this situation before. The pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus has changed our operations, and we want you to be in the loop about what measures we’re taking on an ongoing basis. Plus, a peek into what is going on in our CEO's mind. 


May 8, 2020

We’ve got news (and sudsy sinks)!

There’s something bright ahead. It’s hard to believe that almost two months ago we moved to an online-only business, temporarily. In the meantime we’ve been working hard to make sure you get all the natural soap and hand sanitizer to keep your family healthy (with a little self care on the side). Thank you for being there with us.

But now the time has come—you’ll be seeing our retail locations open again. We can’t wait to see you in store and provide the same Rocky advice you love, from a safe distance. As you can imagine things are evolving quickly, so we wanted to share what we know. Here are our tentative (except for Winnipeg Polo Park, which is now open) store opening dates. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.

  • Winnipeg, Polo Park - Friday May 8th 
  • Edmonton, Southgate - Friday, May 15th 
  • Calgary, Market Mall - Friday, May 15th 
  • Canmore - Sunday, May 17th 
  • Red Deer, Bower Place - Thursday, May 21st 
  • Calgary, Southcentre Mall - Friday, May 22nd 
  • Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall - Friday, May 22nd 
  • Calgary, Chinook Centre - Monday, May 25th 
  • Banff - Monday, June 1st 
  • Lethbridge, Park Place - Monday, June 15
  • Vancouver, Metrotown - Monday, June 22
  • Calgary, TD Square (The Core) - Monday, June 29
  • Toronto, Richmond-Adelaide Centre - TBA
    We’re also adapting to this new reality. That means that we’re so excited to see you in store while we respect social distancing. Here are some of the parameters that we’re using to help keep you and our staff safe:
    • We’ll have our new Nomad Hand Sanitizer at the door for you and our employees to use before entering.
    • Our fabulous sinks are there for you to wash your hands in store.
    • Only two (or three, depending on location) customers will be able to enter at a time.
    • We’ll only be accepting contactless payments.
    • Social distancing of 2 metres will be signed out.
    • To keep your distance from the cash, we’ll have a table for you to place your basket of goodies on.
    • You can also call ahead to your location and place your order for pick up. We’ll have it ready for you at the store.
    • We won't have any testers out for you to sample, we hope you understand.

    See you soon!


    April 22, 2020

    A message from co-owner and CEO Karina as we work hard to get your orders to you. Thank you for your patience!


    April 6, 2020

    Hello Everyone,
     
    A lot has happened in three weeks. We temporarily closed Rocky Mountain Soap stores with no clear timeline on when they may re-open.
     
    There are three things we are focused on until the stores are up and running again. Supporting Rocky employees and our communities, financial sustainability and creating customer value through a great online experience.
     
    It is a stressful time for all Rocky employees. We are offering financial support in addition to government programs to Rocky team members who are on temporary layoff. We are caring for our workshop teams by putting in place strict safety and sanitation measures and limiting shifts to less than 15 people. We are learning how to build connection and culture online by hosting listening circles, bingo and morning coffee virtually. In light of all of this we realize it is going to be a long road towards a new normal and we will to continue to support in creative ways the health and wellness of our teams.
     
    Two weeks ago, we established a Community Action Team, tasked with supporting broader community needs by donating products and services. We have a responsibility to give and we want to be proud of our role in this crisis. In just one week, we donated 400 bottles of hand sanitizer and over 500 bars of soap to women’s shelters, the medical community and public facing businesses. This is just a start.
     
    For our customers, we launched in record time our Nomad Hand Sanitizer. In what would normally take 6-12 months we accomplished in 2 weeks. We took a formula we had developed last year and were able to scale, package and get approval by Health Canada. Ingredients and packaging are arriving daily and we are setting up new processes to be able to meet demand. We have also taken some of our retail teams and added them to customer service and shipping so we can continue to offer exceptional experiences at this time. Our team is also working hard to create content that inspires and connects you to nature by sharing our mountain culture with you virtually.
     
    There is not much rest for us at the moment, we will do whatever it takes to get our people through this time, keep the business alive and make our customers happy.
     
    Thanks for being there with us through it all, stay safe and healthy.
     
    Karina + Cam


    March 27, 2020

    We’re all in this together. Karina, our CEO, gives you a glimpse into what’s going on at Rocky the last 10 unprecedented days and how we’re taking care of our staff and the community at this time.


    March 16, 2020

    To our Rocky Community

    Like you, we’ve never had to face circumstances like these before. To keep our staff and customers safe, we’re temporarily closing all of our retail locations across Canada as of Wednesday, March 18th (with the exception of our Toronto location which closed today). We’ll reassess the situation two weeks from now. Our team members are here to support you and are working extended hours if you need help while shopping online or just have questions about our products.

    Now’s the time to remember the importance of self-care (and hand washing, of course). We all want happy, healthy families. If you don’t have any self-care rituals already, you can start now by getting more sleep, healthy foods, and practicing meditation and breathing exercises. Although events are cancelled, the outdoors aren’t. Parks, trails, and long walks along the river are there for you and your family (plus, connecting to nature has proven health benefits).

    If you have any questions we’re here for you. Stay healthy, share a smile and take care of one another.

    Karina Birch

    Co-owner and CEO


    March 13, 2020

    To our Rocky Community

    I know you’ve been receiving a lot of these emails. This is a trying time for everyone, and we haven’t had to tackle a situation like this before. What we know for sure is that we want to do the best we can to keep everyone safe and healthy, which has always been at the heart of what we do here at Rocky. We’re still hard at work making soap, but were taking extra measures to protect our team and you safe in response to the COVID-19 virus:

    • All open samples have been removed from store shelves.
    • Daily and weekly cleanings have been increased at our stores and distribution centers.
    • Our workshop tours are on hold for now.
    • Office employees have been recommended to work from home on a rotational basis.
    • All employees are being provided with hand sanitizer.
    • All employees are provided with information to stay healthy and well, including working remotely.
    • We’ve formed an internal response team that meets daily.

    Our in-store sinks have always been and continue to be there for you if you want to come in and just wash your hands. We’ll be pausing our in-store hand treatments for the time being (we’re sure you understand). You can still shop online, as always.

    We’ve been getting questions about the different types of soap we have, so we created an FAQ about its effectiveness in keeping your hands clean and healthy.

    As always, we want to thank you for your trust. We hope you’re keeping safe.

    Karina Birch

    Co-owner and CEO


    6 Responses

    MJ Russell
    MJ Russell

    April 01, 2020

    I think your policy of 1 bottle of hand sanitizer is fantastic! This eliminates people who would order 1bottle of sanitizer every day of the week regardless of other people’s needs. To those who complain, try ordering a couple of other products and your shipping will be waived😉

    Denis Routhier
    Denis Routhier

    April 01, 2020

    I have been a customer of Rocky Mountain Soap for a decade and a half or more. I have never regretted that. As we move more deeply into this pandemic, the more I appreciate Karina and her staff. What a truly wonderful world we would live in were all businesses be run this way!!! Thank you!!!

    Rocky Mountain Soap Company
    Rocky Mountain Soap Company

    March 30, 2020

    @LESLIE Thanks for your feedback! In our video from Karina you’ll hear about how she and Cam, co-owners, have taken 45% salary cuts and put that in a pool to support staff who may be struggling at this time. There are more details in the video.

    @SHEILA, @LAWRENCE thank you so much!

    Leslie
    Leslie

    March 30, 2020

    It would be nice if you could tell us what measures if any you have done to help your staff during the closure so they can pay their bills. Closing is fine but sometimes I feel it helps the company more than the people that allow a company to be successful.

    Sheila Lampe
    Sheila Lampe

    March 29, 2020

    Our hearts are with all of you during these trying times. Thank you for taking the best care of your employees that you possibly can. Everyone be well. Sheila

    Lawrence Poirier
    Lawrence Poirier

    March 28, 2020

    What an excellent the way that you are leading your business during this challenging time. It’s great to see your kindness & sacrifice towards employees… 👍

    This situation will pass but in the meantime it is great to see businesses led by people like yourselves… great example

    Have an excellent weekend

    Lawrence Poirier

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