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  • Maker Update: Lalabu

    In February 2014 we launched Lalabu Soothe Shirts on the Grommet. We recently caught up with Brian and Keri, husband and wife team and co-founders of Lalabu, to see how things have been going since launch. This social business has made some exciting business developments, and the impact has been widespread.

    Lalabu now utilizes a giving model they call “2% for Moms”. In partnership with Kiva, Lalabu gives 2% of all of their sales to women entrepreneurs in Africa in the form of micro-loans. Thanks to Grommet supporters, they have been able to lend $5,350 to 194 mom entrepreneurs in 20 different countries in Africa.

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    The team at Lalabu has also been active making their own community of Atlanta a better place. They’ve spearheaded major business and development projects for multiple organizations, including one aimed at helping young women in difficult positions find jobs, an organization to help struggling families find necessary services, and a group helping women refugees by providing job training.

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  • Make a Difference in Nepal

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    On April 25, the Nepal earthquake took the lives of several thousand and displaced hundreds of thousands more in the region. This past week, another earthquake hit Nepal further damaging the area and complicating relief efforts for this tragedy, which remain constant as those affected work to rebuild their lives.

    Seven Grommet Makers work in or source from Nepal and neighboring countries. While thankfully none were among the casualties, some saw their homes destroyed and all of them are in the process of helping their country cope.

    For the next week, The Grommet will be donating proceeds from the sales of these products (below), to Nepal relief funds to help in their efforts.

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    Lollycadoodle
    Lollycadoodle creates cat caves and pet mats sourced and made in Nepal by local artisans at a fair trade facility. All products are made of renewable, naturally breathable and insulating wool that are water and dirt-resistant. They keep your pet warm in the winter months while maintaining body temperature and minimizing odor in the summer. Shop now

     

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  • 5 Ways to Ride Easier and Smarter this National Bike to Work Day

    May 15th is National Bike to Work Day. These Grommets will help you get to the office easily, safely, and comfortably. Happy biking.

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    CitySeat
    Dirty bike seats and freshly-pressed work clothes don’t always go hand-in-hand. CitySeat is a waterproof bike seat cover that is washable and foldable, so you can easily keep your clothes clean while adding a little bit of personality to your bike. Shop Now.

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    Siva Cycle
    Thanks to Siva Cycle, you can now power your devices while you commute to work. The Atom is a small lightweight generator that attaches to your bike and uses the energy of your spinning wheels to power up, so it can be used to charge any USB device. Shop Now.

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  • Retailer Spotlight: The Urban Muse

    Holistic day spa The Urban Muse is the latest shop in our Main Street series, featuring main street Retailers who stock products from The Grommet Wholesale. Stop in and see owners Kristin and Tracy in Denville, NJ, or shop their favorite Grommets below.
    What's special about The Urban Muse
    Sometimes the biggest challenges in life create opportunity. That’s the background of The Urban Muse, celebrating 11+ years of helping guests renew their energy and treat themselves well.This holistic day spa, run by Kristin and Tracy Pamperin in quaint downtown Denville, NJ, first became a goal for them after the events of September 11th. They realized so few focus on what’s truly important in life: our family, our community, and ourselves. Drawing on their artistic, creative, and spiritual backgrounds, Kirstin and Tracy created a warm, welcoming space devoted to relaxing, recharging, and smiling. Even in their adjoining retail shop, items have inspirational stories and are crafted from the highest quality materials. If you’re nearby, stop in to The Urban Muse and take time to nurture your spirit and your sense of humor.
    The Urban Muse's favorite Grommets:
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    4ID
    Show your athlete some love and make sure they get through their 10 p.m. run safely.
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    ALLETT
    Don't worry, you didn't forget your wallet! You’re just enjoying superior wallet comfort. Perfect for anyone on the go who needs quality and convenience.
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    EARHOOX
    See that guy on the treadmill being strangled by his forever-slipping earbuds? Don't be that guy.
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    KEYSMART
    We've all got that friend who sounds like Santa's reindeer when they walk. No more.
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    THE COIN LAUNDRY
    They say the kitchen is the heart of every home. These products are perfect for any chef or foodie. Super absorbent and outstanding quality.
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    DI POTTER
    Super cute with classic prints, these unique shades add a special touch and couldn't be easier to assemble.
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    Check out other Retailers in this series: Larkellen Boutique in Reno, NV and CorAzoN in St. Paul, MN.

  • Meet the Maker: Brad Bernhart of Earlywood

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Brad Bernhart the Maker behind Earlywood Designs. Earlywood started as a creative outlet for founder Brad, a mechanical engineering student who fed his artistic side with woodworking. He works solo from his cozy studio in the wilderness of Red Lodge, Montana. We recently caught up with him to learn more about his journey as an entrepreneur and asked his advice for other Makers looking to build their businesses.

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    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    Before being a full time business owner and woodworker, I was a mechanical engineer. As a result, I'm more concerned about how my utensils work than how they look. If that makes you suspect that Earlywood utensils won't be beautiful, then I point you in the direction of this Buckminster Fuller quote: "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."

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  • Meet the Maker: Eyal Levy of Yogibo

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Eyal Levy, the Maker behind Yogibo –the new generation of bean bags. A Yogibo may resemble an old-school bean bag chair, but it definitely doesn’t feel like one. Sure, it has zillions of beads in it, like its 1970s predecessors. But the near-frictionless beads wrapped inside the zip-on Yogibo cover do a stellar job of conforming to your body’s shape.

    We recently caught up with Eyal to learn more about his experiences as an entrepreneur growing a thriving business.

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    Tell us more about your design inspiration.

    Our design is really based on fun vibrant colors, simple lines and functionality. By functionality, I mean that almost all of our products have at least one feature that’s not found in equivalent products in the market.

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  • 6 Thoughtful Gifts That Give Back

    Mothers Day gift ideas | 6 Thoughtful Gifts That Give Back

    “Do unto others.” Is this a phrase you've heard from Mom often? Giving a gift that also gives back to others is a thoughtful way to treat her this Mother's Day.

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    Sophia Costas

    These slightly sheer, generously sized 100% cotton scarves provide whimsy to your wardrobe and fair trade jobs to women in Nepal. Handcrafted and sustainably made. Shop Now

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  • Maker Update: Haiti Projects

    When we launched Haiti Projects on The Grommet five years ago, they were already an organization we were proud to stand behind. By employing women in Haiti to make nightgowns, the mission was not only to provide them with access to income, but also education, family-planning resources, and microloans. We recently caught up with the organization and were blown away by their progress since launch.

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    Haiti Projects continues to employ about 90 women, they are the second largest employer in the Fond-des-Blancs region of Haiti. This year, they provided every single employee a 3% living wage increase, and promoted five employees to supervisory positions. Over the next two years, their goal is to add an additional 100 jobs to the organization. This year, they began a beekeeping initiative which has allowed them to hire four male beekeepers and produce 50 gallons of 100% organic honey.

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  • 6 Ways to Get your brew on this National Beer Day

    Looking for good gifts for guys or the perfect gift for that beer lover in your life? We've got you covered. Oh, and April 7th is National Beer Day. These six Grommets will make your beer colder, classier, and easier to open.

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    GrabOpener

    The GrabOpener turns the traditional two-handed job of opening a bottle into a simple, single-handed solution. Designed for both lefties and righties, it’s as simple as reaching out and grabbing on. Shop Now.

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  • Meet the Maker: Becky Morette of Sunday Drive Designs

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Becky Morette, a Seattle-based Maker who has been making vintage inspired home goods since 2010. Becky is the Graphic Artist and Founder of Sunday Drive Designs which makes (100% cotton) vintage-inspired tea towels that feature witty graphics that just may make you smile.  We recently caught up with Becky to learn more about her journey as a creative entrepreneur.  

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    Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?

    I'm inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s. I love the overall look and feel of those decades. And the fact that things were made by hand for the most part. I tend to look at my grandparents and their lives then. Including the massive amounts of change that happened during those times.

     

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    How do you get around creative blocks?

    I don't know if I ever do. I tend to have an idea of a design and if I can't flush it out, it gets filed away in the back of my brain until something knocks it off the shelf I put it on. And if that doesn't work I go to acupuncture. Oddly it seems to help me come up with new design ideas. I really should put my acupuncturist on the payroll :)

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