• 4 Father's Day Gifts Made by Dads

    Becoming a father bears innumerable responsibilities. You wear the hats of a provider and protector, teacher and friend, all while dressing the part of role model for leading a happy and healthy life.

    The crown jewel of fatherhood is creating a better life for their children. At The Grommet, we have Dad Makers filling that role in more ways than one. Here are just a few.

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    Moff
    Moff is a wearable smart toy infusing technology into the limitless capacity of a child’s imagination. Moff snaps to a wrist and adds realistic sound effects to arm movements via a Bluetooth connection to the Moff app. Instead of imagining the sounds of their spoon drum set or a pencil magic wand, kids can hear it themselves.

    “I take it as a responsibility as a father to make the world better for my daughter, “ says Moff founder Akinori Takahagi. “When she was born I made up my mind to make a great playing experience for her. I want her to enjoy face-to-face interactive and imaginative play. That's why I'd like to invent and produce more products with an active user experience. One of those examples is our Moff Band. To be an entrepreneur and Maker is tough job, but for my family, I do my best all the time.” 

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  • Meet the Maker: Gina Locklear of Zkano

    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 Gina Locklear the Maker behind Zkano.  We recently caught up with Gina to learn more about her journey as an entrepreneur, what advice she has for other Makers, and what's next for her business.

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress. In middle school and high school, I was almost always participating in a community play, it was my favorite thing to do. I played Alice from Alice in Wonderland in my senior play and have even been inspired by that character in some socks designs in the past.

    Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?

    It changes from season to season. Lately, bold is better. Our spring collection incorporates a lot of geometric shapes and patterns. Using unexpected color combinations is always a favorite of mine. I also love incorporating black and white stripes or designs into a sock pattern, a signature design detail for us that we use in some way each season.

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  • Kick off the National Week of Making with a local shop

    After last year’s National Maker Faire, we were delighted when the White House declared June 12-18 would be the national “Week of Making." Here at The Grommet,  we're kicking off National “Week of Making” with meetups at local shops from coast-to-coast.

    The Maker Faire, is the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and embodies the pulse of the Maker Movement as hundreds of Makers and tens of thousands of attendees take part in this “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness." Now, dedicating a week to celebrate Maker communities nationwide is the perfect way to continue embracing the Maker economy.

    National Week of Making

    To celebrate during the week of June 13-18, The Grommet is hosting a series of “Maker Economy Meetups” at independent Retailers from coast-to-coast. We're excited to keep growing the Maker Economy with you and other shoppers, Makers, and supporters.
    The Meetups will connect local and regional Makers, Retailers, and consumers much like a local farmer’s market, where shoppers get to know the people behind the items they buy. Makers and shoppers will also get a chance to meet local Retailers who are working on the front lines to drive the Maker Economy forward.

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  • This San Francisco Shop Has Heart

    Get to know Heartfelt, the latest Retailer in our Main Street series of shops who stock products from The Grommet Wholesale.
    What's special about Heartfelt
    1,000 ornaments and the Bunny Apocalypse—just two of the incredible displays that have charmed visitors at Heartfelt. It’s easy to see why this San Francisco shop has a loyal local following.Whimsically blending old and new, owner Darcy Lee calls it a “general store with a modern twist.” An apropos analogy, with Heartfelt housed in a rustic, exposed-beam building where a dry goods store once stood.You never know what you’ll find, and that’s half the fun. Everything here has a wink and sparkle—and a dose of lovely design. A local flower assortment blooms near the front door. Gift wrapping is free, and the staff is ever-helpful. Vintage-inspired signs compliment the eclectic array of wares, which suits every price range. “Good taste doesn’t need to be expensive” is Darcy’s mantra.Standing in the store she’s built for 17 years, Darcy recalls her dad’s spot-on advice. “Years and years ago, he told me that my endless energy for shopping would make me a good storekeeper. When Heartfelt came up for sale, his words rang true and I bought it.”

    On behalf of all of Heartfelt’s fans: Thanks, Dad.

    The Urban Muse's favorite Grommets:
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    DUKE CANNON
    Guys are hard to buy for, and this soap is everything I like in a gift item . . . funny, cool packaging, and practical.
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    TOOCKIES
    My customers care about Fair Trade. This versatile, handmade washcloth is good for the body, the kitchen, and others. They feel terrific and—bonus— you can throw them in the wash.
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    A giant carabiner that acts like a hook. Need I say more? One can’t even count all the ways this is useful.
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    Our Heartfelt neighborhood is full of pet lovers. If you’re a parent to a four-legged friend,  you need this.
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    Keeping the parts to kids’ stuff can be a challenge (think Legos).  This ingenious bag makes traveling with small toy pieces a dream. Also works well as a make up bag!
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    How one pulls one’s hair back is sort of a big deal. I can see why models have latched onto this item. Finding the perfect hair tie is extremely satisfying.
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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.

    Innovative Cycle Gear

    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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    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.

    Meet the Maker: Earlywood

    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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