- So basically the city of Terrell kicked us out.
My name is Katie and if you've never met me before,
I am happy to make your acquaintance.
Here's a brief history of me and my company Royalty Soaps.
I started making soap when I was 16 years old
and launched Royalty Soaps the business on
September 15th of 2011.
So it started as a hobby in my parent's shed slash
my bedroom sort of and then I moved it to a nice little
building about a mile away from their house
on a kind, elderly woman's property she was so nice
to let me stay there rent free!
And then Royalty Soaps moved back to my parent's land.
My dad built from the ground up, Butterfly Cottage
which was gonna be a transition house for their kids
between childhood and adulthood so they could feel
some freedom before they move out.
I didn't actually end up staying there long however
because I married the love of my life, Caleb
and we moved 45 minutes west so about five minutes from
DFW Airport and Royalty Soaps lived comfortably
in our spare bedroom for about a year.
A year later we moved from our apartment to our first
rent house in South Dallas, we had a lot more space there
for the business to spread out and another year later
we decided to move closer to my parents
we're comin' full circle right back to Terrell
and we bought a home with a 500 square foot out building
that my dad and my brother Elisha completely renovated
by themselves in six weeks.
And what started out as being just me,
grew to be me, my husband Caleb, my brother Simeon,
my brother Kenny, my sister Shelly, my mom who works
as customer service, my dad who works as finances
and also clearly on construction
and our really good friends Garrett and Mallory
who I have known since they were literally babies.
For reference here's a really cute picture of Garret
and Simeon when they were teenie tiny, so cute!
So if you weren't counting, what started off as just me,
is now nine people.
And with all of this growth, we were looking to expand
the original building in my backyard.
So now you're all caught up,
there is the history of Royalty Soaps
and we can get into the current day Royalty Soaps.
Like I said, we were looking to expand.
Here is the outside of the original studio
and my dad moved this storage building from right here
so that we could build the new extension right
in this corner and since I'm inside Terrell City Limits,
the concrete guy who was gonna pour our foundation
told us of course that we have to get approval from the city
We finally scheduled the time for them to have
a city official come and look at our project in the backyard
and on July 9th, I was sitting at my kitchen table
and my brother Kenny said,
uhhh, Katie, why are the cops outside?
I looked out the window and said I really wish that were
the cops, but that's the fire marshal.
Both the fire marshal and the city official
went into my backyard, they required my dad to show them
the soap studio, they had a big long conversation
and before leaving, they scheduled another meeting
with my dad for the very next day.
Obviously we scheduled the city official to come,
but why was the fire marshal here?
That's the real tea.
The fire marshal was there because one of our neighbors
filed an official odor complaint.
Yes, that's right.
An odor complaint.
Apparently the occasional smell of
lavender and strawberries was
and a public nuisance
so the city had to come check us out.
My dad came back from the meeting
and it wasn't great news as many of y'all can probably guess
According to the city of Terrell, Royalty Soaps doesn't fit
into what would be considered cottage industry
because of the chemicals that we use.
In Terrell, you can have an entire beauty shop with
aerosols and flammables in your backyard.
In Terrell, you can have a bakery with large industrial
size ovens in your backyard.
But you cannot make soap in your backyard.
We have 30 days to vacate.
The city also told us we couldn't move and manufacture
in a retail space, so the only place for us to go
was an industrial facility and while the industrial
locations available to rent in Terrell are very tempting
for an artist of soap shop,
we were still gonna be in the city limits,
we were still gonna be heavily monitored
and it was really expensive so we had to get outside
of city limits we really needed a place that was gonna
be inexpensive and we had 30 days to do it.
So let's hop into the timeline.
I left for VidCon the day we got the eviction notice.
So for the first four days, my ability to troubleshoot
the situation was very limited.
Also, emotionally I was a bit messed up.
But right now, I feel pretty numb.
Lucky for me, I'm not a one woman show anymore
so the team lept into action immediately.
While I was gone, my dad created a building blueprint
and a budget, my mom created a shipping and fulfillment
schedule with Simeon and over the phone on day two
at VidCon my parents pitched me the plan.
They suggested we build an addition only Butterfly cottage
because you guessed it, my parent's house is outside
of city limits, Caleb and I were over the moon,
we thanked my parents for their generosity,
like seriously my parents are so flippin' cool
and we flew back home really exhausted from all the work
we had done over the last four days in LA
and anticipating all the work we were
about to do here at home!
The first two weeks are kind of a blur and I don't have
a lot of footage because I was really busy shooting stuff
for secret projects that you guys will find out about later
and doing a lot of things that just couldn't be put off.
They put the concrete beams in,
they placed the wood flooring down,
added insulation into the flooring
and did all those little odd jobs that you have to do
when building an addition onto a house.
On day 12, it was time to start framing.
This was when a wonky deck starts to really look
like a building and it took a solid week,
with all hands on deck, no pun intended,
to get the walls and the roof up,
the electricity pulled and the pipes put in.
This is where I actually had some time to start
filming a little bit more.
So basically they have the walls on
on the outside, they have the door in,
they have the window in and all the electrical
has been pulled on the inside and today they're puttin in
the insolation, everything is completely framed up
and then from this line on the floor all the way
to this back wall that already has the insulation
is gonna be the curing room,
so that's gonna be a completely separate room.
This is where the two windows used to be on the exterior
of the original cottage and eventually a door will go here
to connect the bathroom and the bottom cottage area.
I'll take you guys to the inside of the cottage
and basically my two grown brothers have given up their
life and their entire downstairs area
is just a completely trash heap, just trash.
There is the man that has been working his buns off
every single day, this is Elisha Paul,
I don't know if he's been formally introduced to the channel
so he is number five, he's right after Shelly
so it's me and then Kenny, Simeon, Shelly and then Elisha.
- Oh yeah! - Yeah!
Day 17 was my 25th birthday
and before all this eviction stuff started happening,
I had planned to throw myself a pretty decent sized party.
I ended up throwing that idea to the wind of course,
but my mom and my best friend Caroline weren't having it
and told me, oh no girl, we are throwing you a party.
Now I knew they were throwing me a party
but I didn't know exactly how they were throwing me a party
and I was--
well you'll see.
♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
- It was a night I will truly never forget
and I feel like everybody was kind of relieved
to just have a few hours that we could just kick back,
enjoy some good food, enjoy our friends and our family
members and just breathe for a quick second.
The next day everybody was back at it
and before we knew it it was time for the August
Soap Collection Release.
Today is August 2nd, tomorrow is the August Soap Release
for all of the drink months.
Daddys about to cut the door out so let's go watch.
What a marvelous 20 minute display of strength and fortitude
- Well I don't know about all that.
There it is.
There's the rest of it.
- There's the rest of it.
Most of us were starting to get a little bit tired,
we had been working for 25 days
and it was the very last release in our studio.
I specifically got a little emotional.
So today's the day that I'm filming some insures and oushers
and honestly it's just been really really hard.
I just don't want it all away from me
I want those items here,
some of the items, I know this is so sentimental
please just bear with me,
some of the items that I've had,
I've had since I was like just starting.
Like certain aprons and things
and like I just don't want those to be away from me
it's just sad.
But we pressed on!
The release went pretty great
and while everyone was shipping,
my mom, my dad and Elisha were doing basically everything
else over at my parent's house.
In preparation of course for day 30 through 32
when we would actually be moving.
The door is now completely cut out.
Then when you come inside,
the walls have been painted,
they're doing another coat.
Hi Ma, hi Penny!
- [Katie] Doin' another coat of paint,
she's using her very favorite valspar
swiss mocha - Swiss mocha
- [Katie] Yes, swiss mocha which is such a nice color
it's on the outside of the original place
and then here's all the windows,
they look super nice.
They have the flooring all picked out and ready to go
and that's gonna be put in a little later
and they still have to put in this final board
up here at the top so this is kinda what it looks like
right now and basically everything in here is being used
to finish up the details like the caulking or putting on
the trim around the edges of the floor.
And then, these nice countertops that my dad made
have already been painted and then they're gonna get
sealed tonight so that they're ready to go tomorrow.
This flooring is so beautiful, we got it from Home Depot.
It is life proof vinyl planking and it is so beautiful,
it absolutely looks like real wood.
We've got the AC goin' in this room and we have more shelves
that are being put up, we're gonna have three rows
right there, there's gonna be some on this wall as well
and there's some on this wall.
Here's the transition between the two rooms
because this area which is Old Butterfly Cottage
is gonna be turned into a place
for everyone to kind of chill out,
hang out, it's gonna have some office space in here
but it's also just gonna be a place where people
can eat lunch and stuff like that.
What's also really great is that there's a full bathroom,
there wasn't a full bathroom with our last studio,
there wasn't a bathroom at all so people were havin'
to come into mine and Caleb's house all the time
to go to the bathroom, so we're really grateful for this.
By day 32 we had more friends over coming to help us
put internal doors in, my brother Elisha and his best friend
with my dad's oversight built the curing racks
all by themselves this is one like super impressed
big sister right here.
There was stuff to be painted, people were culking around
the border of the room.
It was a very very productive Sunday and we met our deadline
Yesterday was day 34 so Kenny and my dad were up on the roof
getting all the shingles put on, while the rest of the team
was organizing and setting up the inside of the workshop
and also trying to get sort of used to it
since that's where they're gonna be working from now on.
So there's the entire eviction story from day one to today,
day 35, there's still a lot to do on the exterior
of the building but the interior is totally workable
at this point and we're all catchin' our breath a little bit
A big thank you to everyone who gave us Grace,
sent thoughts and prayers our way, and helped us move!
We greatly appreciate you!
And to the Royal Court, you guys are why we do what we do.
I know some of you have been here from the very early days
and have essentially watched me grow up on this platform.
And having all of your cheer us on makes us strive
towards excellence and wake up every single morning
with a passion and a purpose.
And to the neighbor who filed a formal odor complaint,
I'm actually grateful for you too!
Because of you, Kenny and I get to move our filming room
slash creative room out of my spare bedroom
and into the old studio which is way more spacious
and way more convenient.
The majority of my family has a faster commute to work,
a ton of money was saved because we built
a pier and beam extension instead of a concrete slab
and we grew way stronger as a company and a family.
So thanks again, neighbor, I'll be sure to send you
a free bar of soap!
Thanks to everyone who watched today,
I hope you guys enjoyed the video and I'll be seeing
you soon right here on the Royalty Soap YouTube Channel!
Bye for now!