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Hello! We’re Tim and Joey Kapalo-Allen, the owners of Sleepy Hollow Handmade. We specialize in small-batch, artisanal bath and shower products. Sleepy Hollow Handmade is run entirely from our home in Mt. Lebanon; our kitchen serves as the soaping and making studio, while our office and spare bedroom have been converted into our curing, printing, packaging, and everything-else stations!
Tim first got into soap-making in the summer of 2019 after spending months watching soap-making videos online. Throughout Tim’s first year of soap-making, we gave away plenty of soap to family and friends as Tim continued to work on perfecting his recipes and learning new techniques. Once COVID-19 hit, Tim had even more time to hone his skills and eventually started thinking about turning his hobby into a business. Sleepy Hollow Handmade sold its first bar of soap in August 2020.
In the following months, while Tim continued to work on creating new and enticing soaps to sell, Joey’s interest in the business grew. First, he served as an extra set of hands when Tim needed support making soap (or cleaning up a mess)! Then, Joey started thinking about what products he would enjoy making. After playing around with bath bombs, Joey discovered how much he enjoyed making bubble bath and shower steamers. Since then, he has continued to play with fun designs and scents to continue introducing new items to our lineup!
In the summer of 2021, we began attending markets and finally had opportunities to sell our goodies at in-person events! We continue to love meeting new customers and local creators at all of the in-person events we have sold at! We always have so much fun talking about our products and selling them at events throughout the city.
Besides owning Sleepy Hollow Handmade, Tim is a Speech-Language Pathologist in a local elementary school and Joey works in corporate real estate. When we’re not creating new products for the business, we love spending time together cooking and baking, shopping, spending time with our loved ones and pets, and hanging out at our home.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS:
We craft our soaps using the traditional cold process method of soapmaking, combining fats, oils, and other skin-loving ingredients with water and sodium hydroxide. All of our creations are 100% vegan and are formulated with only the highest quality ingredients, so that your body can be treated with the respect it deserves. Our philosophy is that bathing isn’t just about cleansing your body—it’s an act of self-care. Every time you use one of our soaps, you should be taken to a place of pure zen and happiness!
Every product we make is crafted with an eye toward using beautifully inspired fragrances and fun, vibrant colors to entice every sense. One of our favorite things about soap-making (other than having stunning, fragrant soaps on hand at all times) is that it combines aspects of baking, chemistry, and design!