Sheila’s devotion to the Napa Valley area goes beyond her use of local resources. “Since I have three sons growing up in this community, I know the importance of having strong youth-driven programs,” she says. As a way to give back, the company donates a portion of its proceeds to the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga, nonprofit organizations committed to serving the needs of school-aged children in the upper Napa Valley.
When they aren’t in school, Sheila’s sons often join her at work. “It sometimes slows productivity, but it’s worth it, because I feel I’m training the next generation,” she says. That kind of flexibility is exactly what drew Sheila to running a business of her own. “Of course, as the owner of a company, you have to wear many hats, and there is always work to be done,” she says. “But at the end of the day, I get to make great, environmentally friendly products that people love and want to share with others.”
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Text Katie Brandon
Photography Kate Sears
To see more of Napa Soap Co., see “Pure and Simple” on page 30 of the September/October 2008 issue of Victoria.