• Meet the Maker: Anton Willis of Oru Kayak

    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 Anton Willis, the Maker behind Oru Kayak, the original foldable kayak. Oru launched on The Grommet just this summer, and immediately captured our community's interest–there truly is nothing else like it.

    Meet the Maker of Oru Kayak

    What has surprised you most about starting a business?

    Strategy is overrated. Adaptability is underrated.

    Meet the Maker of Oru

    Best creative advice that you ever received?

    "You've got talent. Don't waste it–work harder than everyone else." Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker: Wombi Rose of LovePop Cards

    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 Wombi Rose, the Maker behind LovePop Cards. Launched on The Grommet last September, these sophisticated paper sculptures fold inside a greeting card and have delighted our community. We recently caught up with Wombi to learn more about how, along with his business partner John Wise, he has built his business and what advice he has for other Makers just getting started.

    Meet the Maker: LovePop

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    My partner John and I were traveling in Asia for a school trip while studying at Harvard Business School and discovered the amazing art form of sliceform kirigami.  As engineers, we were enamored with the world of possibilities –all the things we could create.  But it was the reactions of people opening our cards for the first time that really hooked us.  Everyone has someone special in their life they want to give one to, and we help make that connection happen.

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    Our customers are incredible sources of inspiration for our design team. We love to engage with customers in the design process and most of our ideas for new products are customer-driven. The list of designs we want to make is so long, I almost can't imagine running out of concepts to build.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Joshua Resnikoff of Cuppow

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    A Grommet Maker since 2012, Cuppow's Joshua Resnikoff sits down  with us to discuss the origins of the product he didn't mean to invent, the company he never intended to start, the corporate values Cuppow runs on, and his relationship with The Grommet. Click below to listen to the podcast.

     

    Learn more about Cuppow and click here to Buy now.

  • Retailer Spotlight: Quinstance

    Get to know Quinstance, the latest Retailer in our Main Street series of shops who stock products from The Grommet Wholesale.
    What's special about Quinstance
    Spreading cheer and delight with its collection of U.S.-made and Fair Trade items. That’s the mission of Quinstance, a newly-opened shop in the Boston suburbs. Quinstance is a word owner Erin Sandler invented. “A mashup of the words coincidence and instance, it’s a serendipitous find that makes you happy each time you use it, put it on or look at it.” Passionate about filling a store with exactly such kinds of things, Erin started planning to open one (leaving behind her pursuit of a PhD). As she curated the future Quinstance collection, Erin was surprised by what moved her most: the stories and creativity of the small Makers, the artisans, the people pursuing their dreams one piece at a time.

    She added another dimension to her plans: selling only Made in the USA and Fair Trade products. We find Erin as inspiring as the Makers featured on the shelves in her shop.

    Quinstance's favorite Grommets:
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    DUKE CANNON
    I haven't met a man yet who doesn't love these Big Ass Bricks of Soap. Smells like a perfect fit.
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    KEYSMART
    One of my customers said, "That's the smartest thing I've ever seen! For keys." I replied, "And that's why it's there in the name - Key. Smart."
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    PocketMonkey
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    POCKET MONKEY
    One for me. One for you. One for Dad. One for my sister. One for Ben. One for . . .
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    INDIEFLIX
    One of the coolest items we carry. It's literally a film festival in a box! To see these movies without IndieFlix, you need to go to Toronto or Sundance.
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    The Coin Laundry
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    Gorgeous designs, absorbent towels. My grandmother had towels like these, and I remember us washing and drying dishes by hand.
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    FORMATICUM
    To find the best way to store cheese, the Maker of these cheese papers and bags went on a pilgrimage to France. How can you argue with research like that?
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    Heartfelt's hours and location
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  • Meet the Maker: Diana Wright of Pulleez

    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 Diana Wright, the Maker behind the sliding hair ties, Pulleez. Launched on The Grommet last June, the Grommet community has rallied behind this fashion-forward problem solver. Diana came up with the idea while working as fashion producer when she needed a backstage solution that would slide out quickly and easily leaving models’ hair runway ready in no time. We recently caught up with Diana to learn more about her experiences bringing her product to life. 

    Meet the Maker: Pulleez

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    A veterinarian. I loved animals! Still do.

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

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  • Feeling Lucky? You Could Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree.

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    Looking for cool tech & gadgets to improve daily life or simply the task at hand? Here at The Grommet we're always looking for the next discovery that will help make your life easier –from the Internet of Things to analog accessories. And we want you to have the chance to get your life in gear with new innovative products of your own.

    We've teamed up with Refinery29, an independent lifestyle platform that helps you live a stylish and creative life, to bring you a sweepstakes bound to get the tech-geek in you giddy. They appreciate, like we do, solutions and gadgets that make day-to-day life easier. Up for grabs? $2,000 to spend on your favorite Grommet gadgets and gear. Enter here for your chance to win.

    Want to plan how you'd spend your winnings? Check out these 6 Grommet gadget picks on Refinery29.com.

     

  • 10 Great Gifts for the Outdoorsy Type

    Have an adventurer on your gift list? Help them make the most of their camping, hiking, and fishing trips with these outdoor finds.

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    Fishing Pole Roaster

    Enjoy roasting your hot dogs and marshmallows in a whole new way with a roaster that looks and feels like a fishing pole. With a quick flick of the wrist, flip your food to roast evenly. Shop Now

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    Kelly Kettle
    Camping Kettle

    Quick and easy to boil water, even in extreme weather conditions. Since only natural fuel is used you don’t have to worry about carrying gas or batteries or other types of fuel with you. Shop Now

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  • 8 Ways to Have Fun in the Sun

    Take advantage of sunshine and warm weather with these toys, games, and activities –for all ages. These products are bound to keep you busy this summer. Go ahead, have some fun.

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    Castakite
    Kite & Kite Flying Handle 

    Get your kite airborne with the press of a button, and cleanly reel it back in just like you’re fishing. No more running into the wind. No more burns from the string unraveling against your palms. And no more knotted up string, either.  Shop Now

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    Pocket Disc
    Crocheted Throwing Disc

    Pocket Discs are colorful throwing discs made from 100% cotton, hand crocheted by Maya artisans in Guatemala using Fair Trade practices. Suitable for everyone from kids and grown-ups to pets, the Pocket Disc Beast edition floats and is perfect for water play. Shop Now

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  • Meet the Maker: Carol Bildahl of Lofti

    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 Carol Bildahl the founder of a Lofti –a clothes-drying rack that suspends from the ceiling by an easy-to-use pulley system. Inspired by the laundry drying habits she witnessed during a trip to Ireland, Carol decided to reinvent the clothesline making it simpler than ever to let your clothes air dry. We recently caught up with Carol to learn more about her journey as an entrepreneur and what business is like since launching on The Grommet.

    Meet the Maker: Lofti

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

    I am fearless, determined, confident, and always thinking out of the box.

    What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

    If you are not good at some aspect of the business, hire someone to take care of that part, i.e. bookkeeping. And be prepared to work very long hours.

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  • 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Packed Lunch

    Upgrade lunchtime with these six new products. Whether you're packing your own lunch for the office, or looking for a better way to send the kids' lunches to school –we've got you covered. These innovative lunch solutions just might be the best back to school (or back to the office) supplies you pick up all year.

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    Lunch Bento Box

    This deep dish style lunch bento box is the perfect container for carrying your homemade food. Pack and organize your lunch your own way. Shop Now

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    LunchSkins
    Sandwich and Snack Bag Set

    Reusable, food safe fabric lunch bags. Eliminate the need for single-use plastic baggies. Durable, quick drying and dishwater-safe. Shop Now

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