Like I mentioned before, I often see shops beside Lancaster County’s country roads and think, “Tourists would enjoy this place.” Fishers Soap Shop is one of those places, one of the many cottage industries that are scattered throughout Lancaster County.


The Fishers have at least six girls. Every Amish mom wants to raise girls that know how to work, because someday those girls might be mothers and will be running their own household. Probably one of the biggest insults to an Amish girl would be that she is lazy. Since the Fishers do not live on a farm, they have to find other ways to keep their girls busy.


The Fisher girls definitely are not lazy. Some of them clean for a nearby inn and do an amazing job. The windows in the rooms get cleaned between every guest. Just recently I heard a guest at the inn say, “This is the cleanest motel I’ve ever been to.” At least one of the girls works at a farmers’ market. Sometimes they help relatives clean their houses.


In their “spare” time, the girls make homemade soaps in their basement and sell them at a cute little shop on their homestead. Some of the soaps are molded into fun shapes like sea shells or flip-flops or waves. Herbs like lavender, rosemary, and peppermint bring a lovely scent to the herbal bars. Some of the soap bars have a loofah sponge. My personal favorite is the oatmeal bar, because it is unscented and my sensitive skin loves it!


Find this delightful little shop at 89 Pond Road, Ronks, PA 17572.


P.S. If you are lucky, you might see an “Eggs for Sale” sign at the end of the lane. The Fishers’ chickens run outside and lay wonderfully bright yellow-yoked eggs that I am privileged to eat for breakfast.