We Love Local: Meow Meow Tweet
One of the best things about being at the co-op is meeting all of the interesting and creative folks who pass through our doors. Over the past year, we’ve gotten to know Tara Pelletier and Jeff Kurosaki as two of our friendly co-op members who stop by on a regular basis. As we got to know them, we learned that not only are they great people, but they also own a great company! Meow Meow Tweet, a hand crafted skin care line made with raw, organic ingredients; located right here in the Hudson Valley. Always looking to carry a wider array of locally made products, we tried Jeff and Tara’s soaps… and we fell in love. Now, Meow Meow Tweet is available at the co-op! We stopped by MMT headquarters recently, to learn a bit more about Tara, Jeff, and their whimsical, vegan, soaps and deodorants.
The Meow Meow Tweet story begins in Brooklyn, 2009. Jeff and Tara were artists looking for an income source with a flexible schedule. That, combined with a mutually piqued interest in handcrafted soaps lead to the birth of their very own small business. Tara’s background as a chef served the couple well while developing their formulas in their Brooklyn kitchen. “All of our scent combinations are inspired by taste combinations,” Tara says, “We thoughtfully source all ingredients for the highest level of efficacy.” Together, Jeff and Tara have created an organic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly product that just so happens to have the cutest packaging ever (featuring illustrations by Jeff.)
So what exactly are Meow Meow Tweet products made out of, we asked. “Everything is made with organic, raw plant oils and butters, steam-distilled and cold-pressedessential oils and organic or wild-crafted botanicals,” Jeff says, “We pride ourselves on being a vegan brand. We us no animal-derived ingredients, so all formulas are free of carmine, beeswax, honey, palm oil, lanolin and tallow.” Tara continues, “We start with raw fair trade ingredients and formulate for lather and skin feel. Our soaps feel good, and leave your skin feeling good. Because we don’t use conventional detergent bases that strip the skin of moisture, we can taylor a bar of soap to specific needs. In our Rosemary Avocado Shampoo Bar for instance, we add rosemary and hops flowers to promote shiny, bright hair and scalp health.” “We’re really proud of Meow Meow Tweet, the way we make our products, and what we’ve accomplished,” says Jeff.
Last year, when Tara and Jeff’s business outgrew their Brooklyn apartment, the pair decided to move north to Ulster County, and we’re so happy they did. “We would come hiking here a lot, so we loved the area. We found a little place to set up shop on Rt. 209, and the rest is history,” Jeff remembers. “We actually lived in the back of the factory for a moment when we were still splitting time between upstate and Brooklyn. We’d grab food at the co-op, work all day, and essentially bathe in Deep Hole. It was kind of fun and kind of challenging,” Tara says, “but it was worth it. We’ve got a house now and the business is doing well here.”
“We love being here in the Hudson Valley, and honestly the High Falls Co-op accounts for about 10% of that feeling. That’s a big margin!” Tara kindly informed us. “We really like the co-op,” Jeff adds. “A friend of ours who grew up in this area told us about the co-op when we were moving up. They said we had to go. Best advice we got while moving.”
Thank you Tara and Jeff for sharing your story with us. We are proud to carry Meow Meow Tweet soaps, shampoo, and deodorant in our Health and Beauty department. We are also equally pleased to have you as members of our community. Visit Meow Meow Tweet’s website for more information. Also… Tara and Jeff are musicians! What can’t these kids do? Hear their music HERE and HERE.