About 10 years ago Susan Ryhanen retired from 30 years of teaching and started tinkering with handmade olive oil soap. In the basement. With a shoebox as a mold. Since then, Sarah Ryhanen and Eric Famisan moved to New York, got jobs, quit jobs, and began helping Susan take her incredible handmade soap on the road. After establishing scores of wholesale clients around the world, Saipua was bound to settle down with a storefront. They opened their first shop in July of 2006 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.