In the last two years, with Long on board and production up, the monks have begun marketing more, getting items into local stores and Tamarack - and enlisting Long to take wares to fairs and festivals.
This weekend, she'll be bringing soaps, lotion and lip balm to the Capital City Art & Craft Fair.
"It's really funny because I'm generally introverted. But I also really love people," Long said. "It's so nice because the people are very interested. They want to make informed choices about the products they buy."
Long, who says she is "addicted to soap making," loves to share the process, which is hands-on from start to finish.
"Even with the liquid soap machine, I still stir it by hand. I have a cutter for the bar soap that I push down by hand. I use a potato peeler to trim the edges of the soap. By the time I've finished, I've handled each bar of soap a minimum of 10 times," she said.
This weekend's art and craft fair is a big social commitment for Long - three days of talking to customers.
But come Monday morning, she knows she can go back to the quiet of the monastery and work in peace.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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If you go
What: Capital City Art & Craft Fair
When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Civic Center
Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for children under 12
FYI: Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.