Raising goats and making soap have become second nature for Joe Bremer. The 14-year-old Chicagoan-turned Danville resident launched his own soap-making business in 2010.
Joeâ€™s Bars and Suds began after many visits to a soap store in Tarpon Springs, Fla., which had â€œ10 by 10 wallsâ€ full of soap. Bremer says they used a ladder there to reach the highest shelves.
â€œHe figured if someone else could do it, and they made soap in ancient times from goat milk and olive oil, he could make soap. too,â€ says Bremerâ€™s mother, Jackie.
Bremer kept after his parents to let him have a goat when they were living in Chicago, but there wasnâ€™t enough space to keep one. They also couldnâ€™t find a place to buy goat milk.
When they relocated to Kentucky, he tried to convince them to let him get a horse, then a cow. Of both animals, his mom said they simply didnâ€™t have enough land. Finally, he settled back on goats. This time, he got his wish.
He began showing goats when he was 11, through the help of organizations like the Boyle County Livestock Club and the Fort Harrod Goat Club.
As with his quest to get an animal, Bremer wanted to start making soap. He kept trying to convince his mom to let him and says â€œfinally, I wore her down.â€