This is for both new and old members alike, since there may be a few things about this fine forum that you never knew. The Shave Den, that great spot on the internet where many of us come on a daily basis to talk about, and ask questions about wet shaving. For some of us, it’s a social gathering place where we come to chit-chat about anything and everything besides shaving. Since becoming a member, I've met and become friends with people from all over the world, and hope in the future to do so with many more. But at what cost, is it free? Yes it is to you and me, but to our Administrator Sparky, that is not the case. The software that the board runs on isn't free, and the server and bandwidth to run the board are not free either. Yet unlike some boards, TSD has remained free from advertisements, and there is no big push for donations to keep it running either. So what pays the bills? The proceeds from The Shave Den Shop pay for the cost of keeping The Shave Den up and running. What is The Shave Den Store? In a word, JoAnna, or as she may be better known to many of you the Queen of Blades. You see, the TSD store is a one person operation, from time an order is placed until the time the order is shipped, it is that one lady that does it all. She custom makes soaps, creams, aftershave splashes, and aftershave milks to order, stocks and pulls items for orders, boxes and ships those orders all by herself. Not that that isn’t enough to keep her plate full, but she also oversees much of the running of the forums on a day to day basis. Sure she and Sparky have help from us mods, but there is very little that lady doesn't have a hand in when it comes to the smooth running of this board. Now here is the real kicker, she does it for free! That's right, free! When I said earlier that all proceeds from the store go toward paying the fees to keep The Shave Den up and running I meant it. JoAnna does all of that hard work solely to keep this board running, without drawing any pay for her efforts. Even when making her own custom shave goodies, the only reward she gets is knowing that the forums are running, and when somebody thanks her for making the outstanding products that she makes. And trust me folks, I know for a fact that the lady puts in many, many a long hours on a daily basis for this place. So at this point I want to say thanks to the two special people that have given me my home on the web. Sparky, I thank you very much for all the behind the scenes work you do around here, and for giving us this fine board in the first place. :happy096 JoAnna, thank you for all the hard work you do in the store to make sure the bills are paid so we all have a place to go where we can find info for our shave questions, and have a place to socialize.