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  • 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.

    Mothers Day gift ideas

    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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  • 8 Gifts for Spring Play

    With warmer days ahead, it's time to start thinking about getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air. If you have an upcoming family gathering or need a gift for a spring birthday, we've got eight unique gifts for spring play. Which would you like to try?

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    Kan Jam

    Kan Jan is the ultimate frisbee game. This kit includes regulation flying disc and two goals. Collapsible for easy transport and storage.  Shop Now

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    Hit Mit

    You wear this Hit Mit paddle like a glove, allowing for quick response time and maximum ball control. Made from soft waterproof EVA foam, Hit Mit is great for play indoors, outdoors, and in the waterShop Now

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  • Take Note: Advice from our Makers

    Our Makers know first hand what it's like to start a business. In speaking with them about their entrepreneurial journeys, we often hear equal accounts having to "figure it out" and "asking for help" in the early years of business. Can you relate?  We've asked a few of our Makers to share with us the best advice they have ever received in hopes that it might help others get one step closer to building their own successful businesses.

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    Be Patient

    "Take the time to do things the way you want them without cutting corners. Good things don't happen overnight. Building a successful business is a process." –Aymie Spitzer, Maker of Neighborwoods

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    Test New Ideas

    "We've had a lot of ideas. Some were stupid. This one worked and has exceeded my wildest expectations. Keep at it, but know when to fold your hand and move on to the next."  –Joe Maiellano, Maker of The Homemade Gin Kit

     

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    Collaboration Is Key

    Don't be afraid to collaborate. I'm the owner and ultimately I am the decision maker, but along the way there have been many hours of conversation, ideas thrown around and listening ears. A business is not of one person. I have sought out the advice of family, friends, employees, more experienced business owners and state support organizations. My advice is to go talk to everyone you can that has some experience that you don't. There is a support network out there for you. –Sarah Kaek, Maker of Bee's Wrap

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    Honest Feedback Matters

    “Keep someone critical in your camp. If you surround yourself with 'Yes' people you won’t get honest feedback. But –learn when to ignore the criticism and go with your gut.”

     

    Are you a Maker or business owner? What is the best advice you've ever received? Please share below in the comments.

  • Maker Update: Bombas Socks

    Maker Update: Bombass Socks

    Socks are the number one most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. When Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg learned this startling fact, they knew they needed to take action. They founded Bombas Socks, a social business that donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter or disaster-stricken area for each pair purchased.

    Maker Update: Bombass Socks

    When we launched Bombas on The Grommet 12 months ago, they had donated socks to 45,000 people. Today, that number is over 275,000. And Bombas now works with 58 charitable partners around the globe, so the impact will keep growing.

    We all put our socks on one foot at a time, but Bombas adds some meaning to the routine. Remember, your purchases can (and do) shape our world.

    To learn more about Bombas watch our video here.

    Learn more about the impact of your support and read recent updates from the Makers of Lifestraw and Pebble.  

  • 10 Unique Baby Shower Gifts

    Baby is on the way, so it’s time to celebrate. From travel accessories to handmade toys, you'll find practical and unique baby shower gifts that will keep baby smiling. 

    Unique Baby Shower Gifts - Spuni

    Spuni

    Spuni is a baby spoon designed for infants transitioning from the bottle to solid food. Created by two friends from MIT, Spuni’s unique tulip shape triggers a baby’s instinct to suck and swallow, creating less mess for both baby and parent. Shop Now.

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    Zipit

    A unique ankle to shoulder zipper and elasticized opening for diaper checks makes this playsuit functional and comfortable. Shop Now.

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