Buff City Soap will open its first Grand Forks location soon; opening date pushed back a week

The store will be located at 3811 32nd Ave. S., and is set to open on March 23. The location was originally slated to open a week earlier.

Buff City Soap
The new Buff City Soap location in Grand Forks. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a new opening date for the location.

GRAND FORKS — Buff City Soap, a retail franchise that makes handmade soap and body products in-store, is opening its first location in Grand Forks.

The store will be located at 3811 32nd Ave. S., near Target and Old Navy, and is set to open on March 23, according to an update from the company's public relations firm. The business was originally set to open a week earlier.

The first 50 people to visit the store March 23 through March 26, for the VIP Event will get free soap for a year.


“The people of Grand Forks are about to discover the best-smelling soaps, made with the cleanest plant-based ingredients,” owner Curt Bowen said in a press release. “These soaps are made right here, in our store’s Makery, so you know they’re made by local hands that care with the customer in mind, and with our multitude of customizable scents we have something for everyone.”

According to the press release, Buff City Soap was founded in 2013 and has created high-quality alternatives to commercial soap products, which are made with chemicals, detergents, animal fats and sulfates. Customers are able to watch the entire making process of the soap daily in the Soap Makery, the company says.

Buff City Soap has 259 stores across 32 states.

The VIP Event store hours are Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The regular store hours after the event are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more about Buff City Soap of Grand Forks, go to .

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 701-780-1267 or

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