Warren enterprise proprietor Leslie Dunlap shares journey of loss, motivation by way of pandemic

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leslie Dunlap is not any stranger to taking a tough hit through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“You realize, it’s humorous, everyone all the time asks, ‘What’s your story, what’s your story, what’s your story?’ And I by no means know what to say, I by no means know what to say as a result of I do know there’s a full story again there,” mentioned Leslie Dunlap, proprietor of Fatty Desserts Cleaning soap Firm in Warren.

Final 12 months, her household took an incredible loss.

“My husband, each of his dad and mom had contracted Covid, and each handed away final April… You couldn’t have a funeral, we didn’t have one for, I believe it was July by the point everyone received to the cemetery,” Dunlap mentioned.

Her household wasn’t the one factor affected, so was her job. 

Dunlap labored as a neuromuscular therapist, however when the pandemic hit, she was not capable of take care of individuals in that method.

However, she nonetheless had her home made cleaning soap enterprise. And he or she got here up with a solution to transition it to a enterprise that would assist individuals by way of the pandemic. 

“I received licensed to buy chemical substances in giant quantities,” she mentioned.

Dunlap realized there was a necessity for hand sanitizer when there have been shortages all around the nation and it was tough to buy. So, she started making her personal and distributing it all around the world. 

“We had been pushing gallons out, we had been transport half gallons, gallons, bottles, even within the space. We’d have an order for 3,000, we’d have an order for 10,000. You realize, I’d rise up within the morning, one of many firms simply mentioned, ‘Simply maintain sending them,’” she mentioned.

With the ability to promote the hand sanitizer helped her enterprise thrive and gave her a possibility to assist others. 

Now, she remains to be making hand sanitizer, though the necessity for it isn’t as nice. However, she mentioned the cleaning soap gross sales are flourishing and he or she is ready to bless individuals by way of her work.

And, she isn’t letting the troubles of the previous cease her from transferring ahead.

“There’s an enormous full story again there… It doesn’t matter as a result of that is the place we’re at. We’re going ahead,” Dunlap mentioned.

Proper now, her soaps are offered in a number of states and on-line. Her store is situated at 144 E. Market Avenue, Warren. She says she makes the whole lot from seasonal soaps to customized soaps with customized scents.

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