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Originally we began our business as The Crafty Mermaid and we focused on creating handmade Goats Milk Soaps, Candles and Soy Wax Melts. As we expanded and began to be involved in many other exciting endeavors we decided to operate collectively as The Polar Bear and the Elephant.

The Polar Bear and the Elephant is a mobile pop up handmade crafts and five dollar jewelry shop. We are also located at Pockets of Time in Chester, Va.

In brief the above is true however we are really so much more.

We are the home of The Crafty Mermaid brand of Quality Handmade Products. We specialize in making goats milk soaps, candles and wax melts.

Goats Milk Soap Benefits

We are the home of Green Path Monastery. Green Path Monastery has been created to share with others how we have reconnected with nature and spirit utilizing the Wheel of the Year. Our focus as a Shrine is on healing ourselves, our families, our communities and our planet.

River Willow Apothecary was created as a platform to share with you of the abundance of our own personal herbal apothecary. This has evolved into an educational outreach where you can learn about herbal medicine making, first aid, survival, and self-sufficiency.

Come and Join Us!


Chester, Va. Farmers Market Saturdays between 9 AM and 1 PM. We are now open year round! Pockets of Time is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.