Syrian soap is proving to be quite popular in Calgary.
Aleppo Savon, a soap company using traditional Syrian techniques to create 100% natural soaps, has just opened its second location in YYC and hosted its grand opening on Sunday, October 28 in Northland Village Mall.
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The man behind the suds, Abdulfatah Sabouni, came to Canada in 2016 after fleeing Syria in 2015. His family has been making soaps for the past four generations, and, according to the Aleppo Savon website, his last name “Sabouni” even means “soap-maker.”
Aleppo was the name of the city that Sabouni and his family were forced to flee from, and the soaps from that region have been held in high regard around the world dating as far back as the 11th century, when crusaders returned to Europe with the soft soaps
Sabouni created Aleppo Savon with his friends Walid Balsha, another Syrian refugee, and Husny Hadry, a Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur.
They celebrated the grand opening of the Northland Village Mall location on Sunday, and continue to sell their soaps from their flagship store at 1303 Hastings Crescent SE and online through their website.
The Hastings Crescent location is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, while the Northland Village Mall store will be open From 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays — though hours may vary for holidays.
“For Sabouni,” the Aleppo Savon website reads, “making the world-famous Aleppo soap is his way of giving back to a city and country that has given him and his family so much.”