Welcome to RFDS!! Red Front Door Store is the result of us missing our home show. For many years a spectacular artisan show, featuring handmade smalls, turned a house upside down every month in Buckeye, AZ. Eventually the show outgrew the house, without the capital to open a brick and mortar, the show had to be retired. Many of us makers who participated still talk, some daily. We are friends and comrades, we share our joys and frustrations and fears.
We miss the days of the Red Front Door Shows (yes that front door was painted red!) and have struggled to find a way to work together from across the miles. We remain passionate about our craft and our mission, yet we don't know what to do with some of that energy....the result is this online shop.
As we navigate new waters, we hope you'll support and suggest. If you're looking for something (such as a specific type of soap) that isn't on here, just ask. We'll do our best to accommodate! There's only so much room before the option lists become too large...if we have it in stock we will work to shift your order to be EXACTLY what you need.
If you'd like to sign up for emails please do, they won't be frequent but they'll be good! Blog posts (what you're reading now) will come as emails too.
Why did we create this place? So many smalls have set up their own personal e-commerce operations in response to the pandemic but aren’t benefiting from the surge in online shopping. It’s too difficult to compete with big box e-commerce platforms, where we are stuck competing against millions of other merchants (and even the private labels some platforms create which compete against their own brand). Small business owners are already beginning to give up, and we don't want that to happen.
A group of us - Bewoven Studio Handwovens & Fiber Arts, Little Cabin Soaps and PinkHoney Candle LLC have teamed up to try to get word out about some of these amazing makers, without them having to have their start their own sites. While some do have their own websites (and you bet we will refer you to them for custom orders!!) we feel power is in numbers. The more of us rowing the boat, the better the ship will sail!
We hope you'll stop by our virtual shop and support. We want to see this succeed and flourish. With so many makers out there and so many online shoppers now, there is no reason the fear of closing should strike the heart of anyone! There is no better feeling than letting a maker know they've made a sale.
We are currently working on gift baskets and care package options. Stay tuned! Thank you for your support, encouragement and kind words - we wouldn't be trying this if it weren't for YOU!