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  • Meet the Maker: Loree Sandler of Let Them Eat Candles

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're catching up with Loree Sandler of Let Them Eat Candles. Loree Sandler invented something even better than birthday cake–edible candles. After testing hundreds of prototypes, she finally came up with the winning chocolate design. Her favorite part of building a business? All of it. Loree has a hand in every aspect–from cutting wicks to tempering chocolate (she even labels and ships out each box). 

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    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    I’m inspired by fine craftsmanship and simplicity–for instance Shaker tools and furniture, and Georg Jensen jewelry. Paradoxically, I’m drawn to “outsider” artists who create obsessively layered work. I’m inspired by nature, by clever use of materials, by innovators (I’m heartbroken by the recent death of architect Zaha Hadid). Also, I love things that are unexpectedly graphic or quirk–I collect painted game boards and hangers.

    What other things do you love to make?
    I’ve dabbled with ceramics, hot glass beads, and letterpress. I love to bake and knit.

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    What has surprised you most about starting a business?
    The cliché: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business,’ is entirely false for me. Every last detail from concept to creation is my work: cutting wicks, tempering chocolate, labeling boxes, and shipping product. Each decision is mine, successes and mistakes alike. How is this not personal? Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Adam Hizme of Guardian Bells

    Adam_Hizme_GuardianBellsAdam Hizme has had an entrepreneurial spirit since he was a kid selling candy bars to his classmates at school. So, years later, when someone walked into his motorcycle shop looking for good luck bells he didn't have, he naturally decided to make them.

    With Guardian Bells, Adam is living out his dream as an entrepreneur in a field he did not expect. I catch up with him at the Las Vegas Market trade show where he was exhibiting with our Wholesale team. He walks us through how he got started, the battles he faces from competition, and how he comes up with his hundreds of designs.

     

     

     

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  • Participate In Giving Tuesday, On Any Budget

    The post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy may be winding down, but as you finish checking off your gift list, consider joining in the Giving Tuesday movement.

    November 29th is the global day of giving. Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is often overlooked, but since it’s inception in 2012, this movement grows every year. Celebrate with us and together we can make a real difference.

    Similar to Small Business Saturday, one of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Giving Tuesday organizers share that helping others comes can come in many different forms. Give the gift of your time, donations, goods, or your voice. We’ve put together a list of nonprofits that we admire to get you started that fit any budget.

    Starting at the price of a cup of coffee

    Haiti

    You can provide relief to women and their families in rural Fond Des Blancs, Haiti recovering from Hurricane Matthew. Providing jobs, education, and healthcare, Haiti Projects empowers Haitian women toward self-sufficiency—strengthening an entire community in the process.
    Learn more about Haiti Projects, here.

    Starting at $10

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    You can help lessen the financial and emotional burden for breast cancer patients and survivors. I’mpact One provides essential—but often missing—resources during treatment, recovery and beyond.
    Learn more about I’mpact One, here. Continue Reading

  • Shop Local, Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

    After the Thanksgiving leftovers have been packed away, the department store mania of Black Friday has died down, and just before Cyber Monday kicks the internet into a frenzy, the biggest shopping day in the country is happening in your backyard: Small Business Saturday.

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    Last year, 95 million people spent $16.2 billion shopping small on Small Business Saturday. American Express, who in year’s prior had offered monetary incentives to cardholders on Small Business Saturday, pulled back on those incentives only to see small business customers increase.

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  • Meet the Maker: Spencer Quinn of FiberFix

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're catching up with Spencer Quinn of FiberFix. The idea for a tape that would harden like steal came to mind during a routine visit to the doctor's office, when the physician relayed a story about how, instead of duct tape, he once used medical casting tape to temporarily repair his ATV. This sparked Spencer's interest to start experimenting on how he could use this same material to fix things. 

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    For as long as I can remember I wanted to own my own practice as a medical doctor, it took me several years in college to realize that what I really wanted was to own my own business.

    What three words best describe you as a Maker?
    Observant
    Patient
    Ambitious

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Challenge every assumption. Information and opinions flow freely with how accessible information is today. You really need to ask yourself whether the source you're receiving information is credible. You'll be surprised how hard it is to find credible sources today. Continue Reading

  • In or Near Boston? Check Out Our Pop-Up Shop

    If you’re living in or staying near Boston in November and December, come see some of our top Grommets in person by visiting our pop-up shop at 899 Boylston St. (It’s across from the Prudential Center in Back Bay.) Besides being able to touch the merchandise, you can get an early start on your holiday shopping without waiting for shipping.

    See how effective Peeps are at cleaning your glasses. Feel Cactus Scratcher hit that hard-to-reach itch. Take a whiff of Duke Cannon, Walton Wood Farm, and Clear My Head then explore the rest of Boston’s premiere shopping destination.

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    We have Nantucket’s TownPool to thank for setting up this see-it-for-yourself opportunity. They specialize in creating visual shopping experiences and we’re thrilled to be a part of this one.

    See you in Back Bay!

    If you pop in, snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @TheGrommet. 

  • A Salute to Our Veterans

    One of our product values at The Grommet is to promote ‘underrepresented entrepreneurs.’ They’re Makers facing extra difficulties on top of the already immense challenges of bringing a business to life. One of the groups under this underrepresented umbrella: veterans.

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    Fundera, a small business loan service, notes one in seven veterans currently seek to be self-employed or own a small business. 2.45 million veterans already do and they’re contributing $1.2 trillion in sales to the country’s economy.

    According to Fundera, “the small business world would be a shadow of itself without the contributions of military veterans.”

    It’s nothing new. Nearly half of World War II vets owned or operated a business. They had the skills. Leadership and creative problem solving easily transition from battlefield to office. And of course one of the few things riskier than starting a business is war.

    And yet, funding access remains elusive for them and all of our underrepresented entrepreneurs. With Veteran’s Day this week, let’s get patriotic. To the vets! Here are unique and innovative products made by veterans.

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  • Meet the Maker: Britta Cox of Aquis

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're catching up with Britta Cox of Aquis. Britta leaned on her experience in fitness apparel and performance fabric to create a unique material that changes the way you dry your hair. Her product, Aquis, absorbs moisture without getting water-logged. 

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    Tell us more about your design inspiration.

    I think I’m more of a creative thinker than an artist. I’m ever curious and observant and find inspiration from making connections in the world. I get pleasure from being resourceful and finding solutions. I grew up on a ranch where you learned how to figure things out, to use your hands, fix things, make things and to be observant. At a young age I interacted a lot with animals which instills instincts in you that can be used in many aspects throughout your life.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    You need competent and committed people to help you grow the business. Identify your core strengths and also your blind spots and then seek the right people, people and attitudes that will supplement your capabilities. Give them the canvas and the inspiration to deliver their best. Focus on executing what delivers real value rather than what feels good to you and create narrative in the process. For us entrepreneurs it is easy to get off track. We start a business because we are passionate about something, but you must start with your end goal and work backwards.

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    What three personality  traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
    Strong work ethic; Innate desire to be of high integrity; Level headed and able to juggle many things even under challenging conditions. Continue Reading

  • A Traveler’s Gift Guide

    Maybe you know a backpacker, road warrior or frequent flyer. If you do, these gifts will assist them on any adventure.

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    The worst part of traveling? Packing. It never stays as organized as you hope. Jonathan Teplitsky solved the problem with travel organizer PACK Gear— it’s like a miniature dresser in your luggage or backpack. With two hooks to hang it up and four mesh compartments to fit all your stuff, packing and unpacking your bag is no longer a problem.

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  • Our Birthday Infographic: 8 years and over 2,000 Makers

    The Grommet turns 8 years old today! We're celebrating with a new infographic about what we—our Makers, our community, our customers, our Retailers, and The Grommet Team—have helped accomplish, together.

    The Grommet Birthday Infographic

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