The Giving Closet, Detroit

Stylists have pretty amazing jobs.  The really great ones get to work with cool celebrities, musicians, designers...exclusive-type people that most of us will never meet.  We are lucky enough to call one of these great stylists a friend.

In April 2013, we had the honor of being featured in Fashion Affair Magazine, headed by stylist to the stars, Sam Russell.  It was such a major thing for us and we were just BEYOND excited!  Sam has worked with Stevie Wonder, Jon Hamm, Sophia Bush, and has done fashion segments on all kinds of TV shows.  So, naturally, when someone like him wants to put your product in a magazine...well, we were pumped!

Along the way, we got to know Sam a bit and discovered what a truly giving and wonderful soul he is.  In October 2013, we began talking to Sam about possibly bringing his dream to the Detroit area.  You see, after working with celebrities for so long, Sam wondered if there was a way to maybe help those who NEED the clothes, bags, shoes normally tossed at celebrities.  So, Sam started a wonderful organization called The Giving Closet, where he redirects clothing normally given to stylists to dress celebrities, and gives it to women who are struggling and just need a little help to get back on their feet.

Plans started rolling, and it was decided that Sam would be bringing the Giving Closet to Detroit on March 6th, 2014.  We started contacting media people we knew to try and get them interested in the story.  Detroit has about 10 awful news stories a day (if not more), and this is something GOOD happening in the city.  Well, I gotta tell ya...it's really tough to get people on board for a story that lifts people up.  I have no idea why, but maybe the bad stories are more coverage-worthy?  I have no idea.  We LOVE the city of Detroit.  The history, the architecture, the possibilities...I will be honest, I nearly peed my pants in excitement when the Packard Plant was finally sold to:  A--Someone who wasn't crazy, B--Someone who could pay for it, and C--Someone who has a plan to build something we can all be proud of.  Anyway, I digress…

Helping set up

Maybe talking a little fashion too...

The wonderful lady on the receiving end was Angela Williams.  Angela is a mother of four who has undergone multiple surgeries for kidney obstruction and a heart murmur.  When her mother's chronic pain became unbearable, Angela insisted on moving her into her home with her four kids so she could help take care of her.  Any money that came in always went straight to her mother and kids and Angela always put her own needs aside.

Angela was told she was going to be filming a public service announcement for Jackets for Jobs in Detroit, where she had taken some classes.  She had no idea what she was in for.  She was completely shocked when Sam revealed that she wasn't actually there to shoot a PSA and that this new $10,000 wardrobe was for HER!  She was even getting a job interview right after our reveal with a catering company so that she could follow her passion and have a job she loves.  She was so kind and overwhelmed by the entire idea that this was all for her.

Skylar, Angela, and Sam

Of course we gave her a basket of FIZZ!

We cannot even begin to tell you how honored we are to have been a part of this, and what a deserving and sweet person Angela is. I certainly needed my tissues that day.  A HUGE thank you goes out to Sam.  Keep doing what you are doing, my friend.  The difference you make in the lives of people you touch is creating a wave of love.  And we all need a little of that.

Check out the Giving Closet HERE and Fashion Affair magazine HERE.

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Open letter to Congresswoman Candice Miller

I really, REALLY, must post this.  I am so disappointed in Michigan Representative Candice Miller.  Let me tell you all a story...(insert dream sequence here)

On Sunday, April 6th, 2014, Michigan Representative Candice Miller came into our store at the Mall at Partridge Creek.  She was greeted and told all about the store being a gallery of local Michigan artists.  She looked around, even looked at our lovely display.  I greeted her, helped her with a couple items and with my badge around my neck, clearly stating who I was, she proceeded to look at me and ask if my competitor had a store in the mall.  I looked at her and laughed at first, then realizing she was seriously asking ME where my competitor is located...you know... the one BASED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?!?  

Icing on the cake, two weeks before we were featured on the Proud to Manufacture in Michigan website.  She was sent all of our information by the organization pointing out that we are even in her district.


So, after discussing it with "the boy" (A.K.A. Skylar) we decided to write a letter.  Here is the letter we sent below:

"Congresswoman Miller,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this letter, as I know you are a very busy woman.  My 15 year old son and I have a small bath and body business which is a part of the Art Is In Market store you visited, at the Mall of Partridge Creek.  Two weeks ago, we were featured by the Proud to Manufacture in Michigan organization, who sent you a copy of their newsletter letting you know we are in your district and telling you a bit about our company.  We have had the honor of representing our home state of Michigan in the swag bags at the Oscars, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards, and have always done so with pride.  I was quite disappointed on Saturday to be asked by you, with a full display of our products right by the checkout area, where to find the **** store in the mall.  I thought you were joking at first, since I had my company tag around my neck and you had looked at our products when you were in the store.  I was shocked that instead of supporting a Michigan based company in your district, you chose to support a company that is not only not from Michigan, but is not even American.  **** is based in the United Kingdom.

I am not naive enough to think that everyone who represents our state only buys products made here, nor do I expect everyone to love our products.  Though I have to say, to have you come into a store of Michigan artists and ask the local bath and body manufacturer where to buy items from their UK competitor, was stinging.  I truly hope you realize that you disappointed not only me, but my son as well.  I honestly hope you will choose Michigan made next time.

Your constituent,

Laura Bisel, CEO
Skylar Bisel, Creative Director
Bizzy Fizz Bath Treats

I really didn't even expect an answer.  To be honest, maybe she should not have even sent an answer at all.  Because the answer she sent is not only NOT an apology, it isn't even in the ballpark of why I wrote to her in the first place.

Here is her reply:

"Dear Friend:


Thank you for contacting me regarding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA).  I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and I am pleased for the opportunity to respond to your concerns.


As you may know, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 ensures that United States intelligence agencies remain capable of conducting electronic surveillance operations.  This has long been one of the United States' most effective tools in intercepting and thwarting planned acts of terrorism.  The original law created a process for electronically monitoring and collecting intelligence-sensitive information of foreign targets that were in communication with people in the United States. It also created a court that would approve or deny search warrants.  FISA has been modified over the years, and the current law provides surveillance capabilities under the close guidance of the FISA Court and with oversight from Congress.  


The Constitution makes the first responsibility of the federal government to provide for our common defense.  As Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, matters of national security are of the utmost importance to me, and in order to fulfill the oath I take each term in Congress I must make every legal effort to protect American citizens.  America continues to be at risk from foreign terrorists working with their allies inside our country to inflict harm on our nation. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has taken many steps to restructure the tools available to the intelligence community and law enforcement to better focus them on the threats we face from terrorism. At the same time, Congress and the courts are working to make certain that our intelligence-gathering methods do not infringe on the civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for law-abiding citizens. I firmly believe that protecting personal privacy and security online is vitally important. With millions of people using the internet to do online banking, shopping, social networking and more, protecting online security becomes more crucial every day. As the internet becomes a more intricate part of our lives, it is imperative that we take the proper steps to ensure that the privacy of users stays secure.


Recent revelations of some of our most vital and closely-held national secrets by a contractor working with the NSA, in what I believe was a traitorous act, has made the job of protecting our nation more difficult.  Already, American intelligence officials are seeing changes in the behavior of some terrorist groups to evade our efforts to stop their planned attacks.  The primary program revealed by this person is credited with stopping over 50 planned terrorist attacks on American citizens, including a plot to explode suicide bombs on the New York City subway and another to blow up the New York Stock Exchange.  If just these two attacks had succeeded, hundreds or perhaps thousands of our fellow citizens would have lost their lives, and untold damage would have been inflicted on our national economy.


Beginning with the 9/11 attacks, we have seen that the terrorist enemies of America will use the tools of our freedom in their attempts to murder our fellow citizens.  On 9/11, the terrorists used our immigration system, our education system, our telephone system, the internet and our system of civilian travel to carry out their heinous acts.  Unfortunately, similar efforts continue today, and the federal government has a responsibility to try and thwart those attacks and defend our citizens within the parameters of the Constitution.  


As a result, we must be mindful to protect the rights of American citizens to the greatest extent possible while at the same time utilizing every resource at our disposal to promote national security.  I am confident that the programs in question do protect the Constitutional rights of law abiding American citizens while also giving powerful tools to stop foreign terrorists and their supporters from attacking our citizens here at home and abroad. Please rest assured I am closely monitoring this issue, and I will keep your concerns in mind should any related legislation be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.


Again, thank you for your correspondence. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like to stay up to date on issues in Congress and how they affect you, please sign up to receive my e-newsletter, The Washington Connection, at candicemiller.house.gov. It has all the information you need about current events in our nation's capital and their impact on Michigan's 10th Congressional District.


We came to the conclusion that it is one of three options:
1.  She is absolutely clueless
2.  Her staff is a bunch of teenagers who cannot read.
3.  She could not possibly care less.

We are voting 2 or 3.

What a shame.


Golden Globes 2014

Wow!  I really need to update this blog more often!  I swear I am going to try.  Now, whether or not I can...well, that's another story.

When we got the Golden Globes this year, I think Skylar and I both high-fived and did a happy dance.  This was our second year for the Globes and we were absolutely thrilled.  The Golden Globes are a huge party for the attendees.  The Oscars are absolutely more formal, while these have been said to be the drunken sister of the Academy Awards.  Personally, if you have to get squeezed into Spanx and sit in a room for hours listening to speeches, I would think the party atmosphere would certainly make that easier.  But that's just me.


We had a fabulous interview with Paula Tutman from our local channel 4 television station:

Exciting, right??!?

And we even got to visit our absolute FAVORITE local DJ's, Blaine and Allyson of 96.3 WDVD.  We listen to them every morning and the kids were pretty star-struck.  They still talk about it!

We gifted 100 ChapFix Lip Balms and 100 Close Shave Lotions.  It actually took about 4 weeks to make, package, wrap, and send everything out.

Bottling a batch of Close Shave
98 Bottles...two more to go...

And then we had to make the lip balms.  I didn't figure that was all that exciting, so I skipped taking pictures.  It was on to making a HUGE pile of product, bagging, tagging, and boxing.

Nevermind the crazy lady in the video.  Someone was sleep deprived and crazy-stressed.  In fact, that may be the constant state of said crazy lady...

Anyway, it all paid off in the end, because we got some great pictures with some wonderful guys, and were told that Brett Dalton from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., loved our shaving lotion. He was so pumped when he saw it, he said he has been looking for a good shaving lotion for a long time and is excited to try it.

Such an amazing adventure!!  I will keep you posted on all the new happenings, and I swear I will try to keep up with all this! 

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Bizzy Fizz Makes A Splash With Some Celebrities At The Golden Globes!

These last few months have been a whirlwind!  Between family commitments, new business ventures, and new jobs, it has been a true test of my sanity.  Now that the holidays are over and everyone is happy and healthy, we can finally enjoy the upcoming event which took so much of our time.

I think we are ready to scream it from the rooftops:

Bizzy Fizz Bath Treats is gifting the celebrities at the GBK Golden Globes Gift Lounge in Hollywood, California!!

EEEEEK!!  Can you believe it?!

We were honored to be offered this opportunity, as part of The Artisan Group, back in August.  Since then, we have been designing, redesigning, screaming, perfecting, throwing things, testing, and creating special bath fizzies in honor of the big event.

Our first thought was that we would send all different kinds of treats from our current line of products.  Then, after some debating and a creative pow-wow, we decided to make something completely different.  Why not make each celebrity a special Golden Globe of their very own?  So we began to search and scour for anything that we could create a globe with.  We are lucky enough to have an uber-fabulous mold maker who comes to our aid now and then,  but lo and behold--we stumbled across perfection!  Initially, we were going to make one BIG globe.  But not only was that a huge time issue, they weren't just big.  They were MASSIVE.

Then, the brilliant creative mind decided it would be cool to have the "innards" of said globe do something amazing.  More pow-wowwing and pizza eating ensued, and (about 5 pounds later) we decided to make a special core which would not only smell differently than the outer shell, but it would change the color of the bath water to a cool ocean blue AND release film confetti into the water!

Holy cow.  JACKPOT!!!

Production for testing began.  After tweaking the recipes a bit, and playing with different options, we developed the holy grail of Golden Globe fizzies....

Whoomp.  There it is folks.  I'm dropping the mike and walking away.  Perfection has arrived.

It is a sweet orange-ish scent on the outside, and a sugary lemon drop on the inside.  We are patting ourselves on the back.

Along with this faux-trophy is a 1oz bottle of a special AFTERGLOW shea butter lotion in the matching orange scent.  The lotion alone is just to die for because it is so thick and rich and just turns your skin to velvet.  Honestly, these celebs are SO LUCKY!!!

I only have a few of these sets left over to share with the rest of the world.  Don't miss out!  You can get a set of your own if you click HERE right now!

We have to thank Valerie and her team at The Artisan Group.  Without their hard work and dedication, we would never have these kinds of opportunities.  They help small businesses and handcrafting artisans like us get exposure in all sorts of ways.  We are still learning and growing, trying to improve and challenge ourselves to expand our creativity in different directions, but without this group I truly believe we would have given up.  Hugs and kisses to you ALL.

We made a little video of our journey in this process.  It's been a crazy ride.  Like to see it?  Here it goes...

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