On December 2nd, 2017, after 3 years of making refillable products and rallying the refill community, we opened our brick and mortar at 3117 Guess Road in Durham, North Carolina. With it, a community space was established for Fillaree enthusiasts to congregate, refill their bottles of aromatic soaps and cleaning products and meet a growing community of people that believe that the time for refill has well past arrived.
Alyssa and her family on opening night
Hang around the store on a Saturday afternoon and you will get to see all the people carving out precious time on their weekend to be part of the refill revolution, grateful that someone has answered their prayers to refill. No longer are we battling with and scowling at our empty plastic bottles in our homes and wondering why the heck no one has figured out something better. Rather, we are taking charge, making the time and effort to consume all natural personal care products in a better way: the refill way. We are a community, coalescing around this new way forward in a physical space.
Community success at the DIY Deodorant Workshop
But the fun does not end at refilling. The Fillaree storefront has become the community space founder, Alyssa Cherry, had envisioned. DIY deodorant workshops, a vegan challenge award dinner with live music, We Collective meetings for local women entrepreneurs, Don’t Waste Durham committee meetings, and a Dress for Success Fundraiser to outfit domestic violence survivors in professional clothing. At the Fillaree storefront there is no limit to supporting green action, local makers, sustainable living or community members in need.
Upon popular demand we will be extending our hours to add Thursdays and Fridays 12-6pm to our Saturday schedule of 10am-4pm, starting in September. We are also featuring local makers and artists. Through September local home goods maker Anna Nickles and owner of Shibui South will have her stunning down, hand dyed linen pillows and a variety of other items. Come check out her work while she is here.
We are also going to be expanding our selection of zero waste accessories including items like bamboo toothbrushes and menstrual cups. Have an idea of a waste-combatting product we should know about? Please email us with suggestions at Alyssa@fillaree.com.
Lastly, if you are so excited about all this that you want to move right in with us, we have a space next door available for a waste conscious business with access to a half acre of green space for community events. More information here.
Thank you for joining us on our journey towards a less wasteful future. Stop by and check us out and be sure to follow us on social media.