• Meet the Maker Podcast: Anthony Albanese of Duke Cannon

    Anthony Albanese of Duke Cannon is on a mission to create a brand of men's grooming products that "don't suck." Hear how he used his brand marketing background with Gatorade and Life Cereal to conduct customer research and build a soap company with which the average American guy would be proud to buy from. And if you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift for your loved one that doesn't suck, might we recommend a big ass brick of soap? Shop Now

     

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  • Meet the Maker: Jonathan Newman of élé INSIDERS

    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 Jonathan Newman, the Maker who created élé INSIDERS

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    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

    At any point in time in your career, despite whatever professional successes or disappointments you might have experienced, it’s critical that you find a way to enjoy the process and the adventure that comes with the "doing" part. The journey often provides more rewards than actually reaching the destination or any particular milestone goal.

    What Maker tool can you not live without?

    It’s hard to imagine how we would have been able to develop the élé INSIDERS™ concept and brand without the internet. Communication technology; virtual meetings, email, Skype, Whatsap, Google search, etc. have been extraordinary resources to our company culture and the way we develop our products. Time, space, and information access are no longer the insurmountable challenges they were just a few years ago. Continue Reading

  • 9 Things To Take On Spring Vacation

    It might still be winter, but we're all dreaming about spring vacation. Whether you're jetting some where tropical for spring break or just eager to get outdoors and soak up the sunshine, we've rounded up nine new products that will help you relax and recharge.

     

    Brush on Block Brush on Block is a brush-on sunscreen that’s easy to apply and nourishes your skin with botanical ingredients. Leading skincare figure Susan Posnick designed this SPF 30 powder for the whole family—light, non-greasy, and perfect for on the go. It’s translucent so it can be used over or under makeup, and because there’s no tint, it’s great for anyone. Shop Now

     

    RipSkirt Hawaii If you're self-conscious and feeling over-exposed in a bathing suit, yoga pants or bike shorts, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with RipSkirt, a sporty, water-repellant wrap. Shop Now Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Ari and Shireen of Bittersweet

    An accidental Google translate turned into the business opportunity of a lifetime. Hear how Arni Thor's Christmas hair tie Christmas gift to his wife, Shireen, created a venture neither of them expected but both were ready to undertake. When they partnered with us here at The Grommet, they took Bittersweet to a level neither of them imagined.

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    To learn more about Bittersweet, watch our video here.

  • Meet the Maker: Erik Olsen of Whirly Board

    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 Maker Erik Olsen, the Maker who invented Whirly Board

    Inventor Erik Olsen, a board sport enthusiast since the age of 12, created the first prototype by attaching half a bowling ball and two halved pool balls to the bottom of a board. Erik noticed that this board helped him with his balance and other boarding skills, so the idea for Whirly Board took hold. He’s been improving the design ever since. We asked Erik to share his experiences as an inventor and offer advice to those just starting out. 
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    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    I have always enjoyed making things and developing ideas. Ever since I was a child I have always had the desire to invent something. I am always thinking of how to make things better or new ideas for creations. The idea for the Whirly Board came to me a couple years ago because I wanted to make a balance board that I could spin on. I have been a passionate board sport enthusiast for most of my life, and I have always struggled with spinning. I would get lost in the air and did not look or feel smooth on spin tricks. I thought something that would allow me to practice spinning might help. It was a lot of work getting the process dialed in but it has also been fun so it feels more like a hobby than work.

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  • Tips for The Host and Hostess

    Entertaining in the new year? Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your efforts. The key to hosting the perfect event is to find the balance of a super-star host or hostess and laid back entertainer. Seem like too much to figure out? Accomplishing the perfect hosting style is much simpler than you think. The one trick that will help you pull it all off is to delegate.

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    If you are anything like most hostesses, you would feel guilty putting others “to work” during a party or event. The truth is, guests are often eager to help out and letting them will give you more time to mingle with your party guests–which is a vital part of being a good hostess. Below are three simple tasks that you can (and should) easily delegate during your next party.

    1.    Checking coats and purses: Before the guests begin to arrive, ask your husband, kids, or an early arrival, to check coats and purses. Delegating this tedious task will allow you to either greet guests as they arrive or finish up any last minute things in the kitchen. Take this time to set out appetizers, mix drinks or light candles around the house.

    2.    Tending bar: Refilling guests’ glasses all night can be never-ending. Rather than jumping up every time someone empties their glass, consider delegating the task. As the hostess, I suggest you serve their first drink of choice and then politely let them know where they can find the bar should they need a refill. If you don't have a bar area in your home or event space, simply gather all the ingredients needed to mix the drinks you served and put them in an area with room for guests to serve themselves. Don’t forget to leave out a stack of napkins and extra glasses.

    3.    Clean up: No hostess wants to leave a disastrous kitchen after dinner. However, no guest wants to see the hostess disappear for an hour into the kitchen to clean up. Resist the urge to clean up everything and instead, do a quick clean. Ask a close friend or family member to give you a hand and simply rinse and stack the dinnerware for now. Then, quickly return to your party and enjoy your guests.

    The next time you find yourself in the role of hostess, try these simple delegating tips. Not only will you enjoy your party more, but guests will have a much more relaxed and entertaining time as well. After all, the hostess often sets the tone of the party, so go ahead and have a good time.

    Find unique products for your next party by browsing our top products for Host & Hostesses here.

  • Meet the Maker: Adil Vezir of DIYshelf

    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 Maker Adil Vezir. Adil is the founder of DIYshelf and his Shelfbots launched here on The Grommet this past September. Adil makes Shelfbots in Pennsylvania out of pine sourced from sustainably managed forests. This modular shelving system makes for an imaginative, customizable way to display plants, photos, books . . . anything you like. We've asked Adil to share a little more about life-as-a-Maker and to let us know how business has changed in the recent months. 

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    As far back as I remember I always wanted to be an Artist.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Sal Syed of Arccos

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    Arccos is a complete golf performance tracker. Weighing only a few grams, Arccos fits on the grip of a golf club with zero impact to your swing. The impact comes after the swing. Arccos co-founder Sal Syed walks us through all of the analytics Arccos provides including, every shot you take, your percentage of scoring, and shot distances with every club on the Arccos app, which also includes a GPS rangefinder with over 30,000 courses from America, Canada, and Europe built in. No matter your handicap, Arccos will give you the tools to improve your game.

    Listen to our podcast with below the Maker, Sal Syed, below. You can also  watch our video here.

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Elizabeth Morrow of Yoga by Numbers

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    Originally launched in January 2014, Yoga by Numbers is back with an exciting new update: an app so you can practice wherever you go. YbN founder Elizabeth Morrow sits down to discuss the new development and her unplanned path to entrepreneurship. Listen below and watch our video here.

     

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Wombi Rose and John Wise of LovePop

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    Friends since their time at Webb Institute studying naval architecture, Wombi Rose and John Wise discovered the art form of handcrafted, paper cards on a business school trip to Vietnam. The two engineers were blown away by the exquisite designs and upon returning to Boston, started creating their own cards. When family and friends clamored for them, they realized they had a potential business on their hands.

    Recent recipients of $2.6M in funding, LovePop will be featured on Shark Tank December 11th. Listen to the story of their rapid rise, the exciting things they have on the horizon, and why you won't find a better card for your loved ones this holiday season. Shop Now

     

    Want to learn even more about LovePop? Head to another conversation we had with them on our Meet the Maker blog series here.

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