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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.

    Good gifts for guys | Beer opener

    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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  • Nap Differently, it’s National Napping Day

    March 9th is National Napping Day, just the excuse we needed to dig up some slumber-friendly Grommets. Whether you’re trying to catch Z’s on the road or at your house, these Grommets will help you nap comfortably.

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    Ostrich Pillow

    Burrow your head and arms into the cozy “cocoon” and you’ll be fast asleep in no time. Perfect for travel, the dorm, the desk, or home, the Ostrich Pillow is incredibly versatile.  You might turn some heads with the eye-catching design, but you’ll be too deep in sleep to notice. Shop Now.

    National Napping Day - Drift Light

    Drift Light

    If you have trouble “shutting down” after a long day, the Drift Light might be for you. This self-dimming light bulb gradually darkens over 37 minutes, mimicking the setting sun so you can ease your way to sleep. Shop now.

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  • Meet the Maker: Ken and Cyndi Freeman

    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.


    Next in our Meet the Maker series, we sit down with Ken and Cyndi Freeman, the Makers behind Vermont Rolling Pins. With patience and intuition, Ken hand-turns each rolling pin in his mountainside workshop as his watchful eye brings out the wood’s character. He sands until the pin reaches a satiny finish, then seals it with a protective beeswax mineral oil that enhances the natural beauty. Ken and Cyndi have built a successful business with these heirloom quality instruments (which are made to be used–and admired–for generations).

    We recently caught up with them to learn more about their lives as Makers and what doing business is like.

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    Ken wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher and I wanted to be a photographer.

    What are your best tips for building a successful business as an entrepreneur?

    Our advice for entrepreneurs is to be self motivated, work hard, and be interested in ideas and in marketing them.

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    What Maker tool can you not live without?

    The lathe

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    What has been the most rewarding part of business for you?

    Working together in a family business, creating a wonderful product, and meeting amazing people across the USA.

    Words of wisdom for other Makers? Any books or resources you'd recommend?

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  • Finds for the bar (and game day)

    There’s nothing like March Madness. Legends emerge, moments shine, and upsets bring entire campuses to their knees. Whether it’s a conference tourney, the NIT, or the top 65, our selection committee highlights Grommets for the bartender to keep the madness on the court and out of your living room as you watch your team play this March. Sorry, Syracuse.

    To open things up we’ve got the GrabOpener. Snag a bottle, crack it open, and catch the cap all with one hand using this ergonomically-crafted bottle opener. Designed by photographer, artist, and inventor Mark Manger, the GrabOpener is made entirely in the USA and is the perfect assist for every brew.

    CatalogV1_WhiskeyWedgePerhaps you’re celebrating a buzzer beater for the win or angrily cursing your TV because the ref needs to take off the blindfold, that was clearly a foul. Whatever the case, BarLuxe unbreakable drinkware could not be recommended enough. Made of Eastman Tritan copolyester, these BPA-free glasses survived a car running over them so it can certainly withstand an aggressive victory dance.

    Corkcircle comes off the bench with two Grommets for anyone who wants to keep things chill. With The Whiskey Wedge, you get an artfully designed tumbler split by a diagonal ice wedge keeping your drink cool without diluting it. In the same vein, they also offer the Chillsner; a thermal coolant surrounded by stainless steel to keep your beer cold until triple overtime.

    The only thing threatening sweet victory or worsening heartbreaking defeat is a hangover the next day. Not with Ficks. These cocktail fortifiers blend vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants while combatting dehydration, promoting liver health, and detoxifying your body. They even prevent nausea— from the alcohol, not that pitiful excuse for defense you just witnessed.

    Maybe the game is done but your bottle of wine isn’t. No problem. CapaBunga is an airtight, silicone cap designed to keep your wine as fresh as when you opened it— even if it was before the madness began. Once it’s sealed, pass it along to the RackPack, the wooden wine rack for three, six, or even 12 bottles in an elegant birdhouse-like design.

    HeroFinalDasHornYou don’t have to be a Texas or TCU fan to grab a party by the horns during the tournament. The eco-friendly, BPA-free Das Horn takes you back to the Middle Ages with this ceremonial drinking vessel. Best of all, it includes a strap for your neck, keeping your hands free for all of the high fives and fist bumps. Fist bumps. Please don’t chest bump with these. That will end terribly for everyone.

    Any coach will tell you the key to success is preparation. For a bartender, it's no different. The Bar10der is the kitchen point guard and lives up to its name, with ten bartending tools perfect for readying any drink. It’s got a stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, bottle opener, muddler, reamer, jigger, and zester. It even comes with two types of knives so you yourself can cut down the nets in victory.

  • 7 Gifts For The Baker In Your Life

    Do you have a few bakers in your life? We're all looking to give the most unique, thoughtful gifts and for those who love cooking or baking, the following seven products will please any baker (novice or pro). Who knows, you may even find a few things that will help you step up your own baking game.

    Gift for Bakers | Sassafras

    ...Sassafras: Bread Dome

    Some of the best holiday dishes include tasty bread either as a side dish or for dipping to your hearts delight. When the bread is fresh out of the oven, it makes the meal even better and will surely win over family and friends. The Sassafras Bread Dome is a great gift for your favorite Baker who wants to serve up a big holiday meal, or have at the ready for some snackingShop Now

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    Whether the baker on your list is an accomplished one with years of experience or just starting out, it can be hard to get it just right, especially on the inside. Middle Baker is the perfect, functional gift that will bake perfectly inside and out, and be appreciated for many meals to come. Shop Now
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