To get off to a healthy start in Mount Dora’s retail environment, an impressive track record in the business is essential.
That’s exactly what Deanna Renda, the CEO of Naples Soap Company, is bringing to the company’s new downtown Mount Dora location.
The organic skincare company just leased the historic house at 331 Donnelly Street and hopes for a June 1 opening.
Mount Dora was an easy choice for Renda, a native Floridian, who has a passion for old Florida communities and recently revisited the Central Florida town.
“When I saw the building, it had a fantastic vibe,” said Renda of the quaint blue and yellow historic home that formerly housed the Painter’s Daughter boutique. The two-story building will mark the twelfth location for the Florida-based chain. The first store opened in Naples in 2009 with just 300 square feet. As the company grew, so did the stores, which now average 1,200 square feet.
The shop’s interior will be vintage-inspired and Renda and her crew plan on picking through Renningers Antique Center to uncover some unique displays.
“ I'm excited to fill this location with a tenant who really appreciates its unique charm and history,” said Sandi Weld, leasing agent with CFL properties. Weld believes Mount Dora shoppers are ready for quality, organic body products.
Naples Soap Company’s top selling products are its bath bombs and unscented sea salt soap bar. That particular bar, good for psoriasis, acne and rosacea, was the impetus for the company and its mission to develop effective products to help chronic skin conditions.
According to Renda, 90% of the store’s products are manufactured within 50 miles of Mount Dora.
“We’re really excited to be part of the Mount Dora community,” said Renda. The company expects to hire approximately five employees. Anyone interested in applying can email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org