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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Shelby Gogulski of Yourself Expression

     

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    Shelby Gogulski had the idea for a necklace that would hold meaning for those wearing it and turned it into a business, Yourself Expression–as a 14 year old. Now 16, she's balancing school, business, and being a kid with her launch on The Grommet and appearances on The View and, as of May 6th, Shark Tank. Hear how Shelby brought her business to life with the help of her mom, partnered with The Grommet to a heartwarming reception, and what she has her eye on for the future.

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    To learn more about Yourself Expression, watch our video here

    Don't forget to watch Shelby on Shark Tank Friday May 6th at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

    Like what you hear? Rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

  • 9 Easy Ways To Be More Green

    Going "green" doesn't have to be overwhelming–a few small changes can add up to make a big impact. Here at The Grommet, we work with Makers who are mindful about the environment, and who are crafting eco-friendly products from natural materials, using sustainable production methods, and focusing on reducing their carbon footprint. They've  done all the hard work for you. So, if you're interested in making simple changes in the name of Mother Nature, read on.

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    Add Some Green to Mealtime: Prep, Enjoy, and Store 

    The kitchen is a great place to make a few green upgrades. Ditch the plastic bags and try Vejibag, an ingenious produce keeper that’s made of American-grown organic cotton and hand-sewn in Maine. It gives produce the humidity it needs, keeping it fresh and crisp far longer than plastic. And while you're thinking of ways to use less plastic, get the kids involved by swapping their drink pouches for Juice in the Box. This reusable juice and drink box is made from Tritan plastic; BPA and Phthalate free. Its no leak container holds eight ounces and can be filled with your own beverages (which are often much healthier).

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    If you're looking to ditch the disposable water bottle habit yourself, Earth-In Canteen is an elegant alternative. This beautiful clay vessel is Made in the USA, keeps water cool, and eliminates any metallic taste. You can even use it to store olive oil, vinaigrettes, wine, and more. And while you're at it, kicking the plastic habit for storing food just got a lot more convenient, thanks to these reusable food covers from Coverflex. They’re made from 100% food-grade silicone and designed to stretch, so you can fit them over all types of dishes, bowls, and pans. (Bonus, your cabinets will be a lot less cluttered once you remove all of those plastic storage containers.) Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Doug Danforth of LINKS-IT

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    Doug Danforth and his daughter Diane Danforth of LINKS-IT are on a mission to take a major hassle out of pet owners' lives. No one looks forward to changing out pet tags, not even the pets. The tags are so difficult to remove some owners end up with bloody fingers and all of them deal with seemingly endless frustration. But changing them is essential. Now it can be painless, too, with the LINKS-IT pet tag connector. Hear how Doug got the idea, brought it to life, and partnered with The Grommet to share it with their pet-friendly community.

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    To learn more about LINKS-IT, watch our video here.

    Like what you hear? Rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

  • 10 Kick-Ass Maker Moms to Support This Mother's Day

    With Mother’s Day coming up, we thought we’d showcase a few overachieving moms who run their own businesses—selling products they make themselves. 

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    Maker: Jamey Allsop
    Allsop Home & Garden is known for its elegant, festive solar-powered lights—perfect indoors or out. Father-daughter duo Jim and Jamey Allsop started the company to innovate a better wheelbarrow, but their lights are what really caught our eye. Learn More

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    Maker: Lauren Wimmer
    Since launching her jewelry line in 2003, New York designer Lauren Wimmer has made a name for herself in museums and specialty stores around the world, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Bergdorf Goodman, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and of course, right here on The Grommet, first with a collection of hand-dyed, silk-wrapped statement pieces, and now with an artful new take on a timeless favorite—the ID pendant. Learn More


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    Makers: Kris and Whitney Foley
    Created in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado by mother and daughter Kris and Whitney Foley, Static Schmatic is an all-natural anti-static spray especially formulated to eliminate static from your hair, clingy fabrics, and even that fluffy pile of clean, freshly laundered clothes—all without leaving any scent or residue. Learn More Continue Reading

  • The (March) Madness of Entrepreneurship

    It’s the season of brackets so I filled out my own. Not for the NCAA basketball tournament. That’s easy. Michigan wins, end of bracket. I’m told that would be “busted.” Mine is a bracket of skills one needs to succeed as an entrepreneur. Game on.

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    (1) Tenacity over (8) Charm

    A slam-dunk. There will be legendary hills and valleys in starting a business and when you’re sitting in a room by yourself going crazy, charm will get you nowhere. Every single day you need tenacity.

    (3) Energy over (6) Intellect

    Similarly, you need energy day in, day out. You’re a battery cell for the rest of the team. The leverage of your energy is much more useful than intellect. You need intellect, but it doesn’t excite your team.

    (4) Salesmanship over (5) Financial Acumen

    Salesmanship beats financial acumen because you can hire financial acumen. You can also teach it to yourself. Salesmanship is more innate. However, one fallacy about salesmanship is it’s a type of person. Lots of personalities can be killer great salespeople. It doesn’t have to be an extrovert or someone who likes to backslap; it can be anyone if they can establish a rapport and credibility in their idea.

    (2) Resourcefulness over (7) Courage

    You can be a successful founder and fall into a puddle every night due to a lack of courage. Courage isn’t an inherent quality. But resourcefulness, especially early on, is essential. It’s trading low value assets for high value assets. Our team at SXSW put this into practice. With a tighter budget than most, they couldn’t throw money at the problem but still had to make an impact. You can judge for yourself how they did.

    A more extreme case was our early office furniture. It was largely rejects from failed startups. I’d be driving around on the weekend, find a chair on the side of the road and pick it up. Seriously. Here’s my blog post detailing what our Director of Wholesale, Jason McCarthy, called our chairs: Sh*t on Wheels. We had to work and sit somewhere so we found a cost-effective way to do it. You need that constant bartering mentality.

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  • The Grommet Solves the Problems of SXSW

    Five members of The Grommet team, myself included, headed to SXSW Interactive 2016 in Austin, Texas with one goal: solve any problem presented to us with a dozen Grommets we brought with us. Also water. That was a savior. It seems even the sun is bigger in Texas.

    We met thousands of people, most of whom had never heard of The Grommet, which presented an exciting challenge. Spreading our message and showcasing some of the innovative products we've discovered on the streets of Austin was an exhilarating experience we're just now recovering from. Seriously. We lost voices and I nearly passed out from dehydration. You might be asking, "How is that possible? You had so much water with you." Believe me, I'm aware of the irony.

    For those of you who follow our daily launches and happenings but couldn't attend SXSW, we put together a snapshot of our experience. And if you're looking to solve your own problems on a daily basis or looking for the perfect gift for someone you know (Mother's Day and Father's Day are right around the corner), take a dive into the abyss of our products. You're bound to find something.

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    Where are those awesome pictures from? Our Snapchat! Follow by searching "thegrommet" or hover over our Snapcode below in the app for behind the scenes pictures and videos you won't find anywhere else.

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  • 9 Thoughtful Gifts for Grandma

    Help make Grandma feel extra special with a thoughtful Mother's Day gift. We know that finding Grandmother gifts can be challenging–but don't worry, we've done all of the hard work for you. We've rounded up nine gift ideas that will put a big smile on her face.

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    Fiat Luxe
    Like a soap and washcloth all in one, Fiat Luxe is wrapped in colorful wool felt for a lovely marbled look and gentle exfoliating feel. The soap is handmade in the USA using only natural ingredients and generously scented with botanically derived essential oils for a lovely aroma from the first wash to the last. Grandma will love using this felted soap and it looks beautiful displayed on the bathroom counter.
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    PJ Harlow
      These perfect spa-like clothing separates will take Grandma through the evening and into the night. The pieces are structured enough to work as a legitimate outfit if a neighbor knocks on the door after dinner, and they’re loose enough to keep her comfortable when she curl up on the couch to read a book or watch TV.
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    The Vintage Pearl

    Grandmoms can show that their loved ones are always close to their heart, with these handcrafted necklaces. Meant to be personal, these necklaces can be customized to reflect how many grandkids are in her family.
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  • Meet the Maker: Megan Gutman of 365 Lacquer

    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 Megan Gutman, the Maker who invented 365 Lacquer. Megan crafts her vegan nail polish in small batches right in Massachusetts.
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    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    Some of my first real hobbies growing up were design and makeup, so I've always wanted to do something in that realm. I would have never thought that I would start something myself, though!
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    How did you and Victor end up starting a business together?
    Victor and I met in the startup world, so in a sense, this area of work has always been part of our relationship. I loved the energy at the internship I was at, and after graduating college, I wanted to try to start something that was relevant to my interest in cosmetics. Victor was supportive from the get-go and began to help me build 365 from the ground up. Although this is not Victor's full-time gig, he holds the roles of resident biochemist, web dev, and all around other half to 365.

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  • Meet the Maker: Brenda Stansfield of Clear My Head

    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 Brenda Stansfield, the Maker who invented Clear My Head.

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a little girl I wanted to be a mermaid. Now, I know what you are thinking, but it was actually a very viable job where I grew up. I was raised in Florida and two places we visited often HAD professional mermaids! Weeki Wachee Springs and Webb's City in St. Petersburg (Google it, it was amazing). I was mesmerized the first time I saw them. However, as I grew older I wanted to be an architect, but I certainly lacked the math skills required–so I did what many of my family did before me, I built a business instead. When I discovered herbs I just knew I found my calling, but again, that little shell in every jar is a nod to my 'inner mermaid.'

    Where do you find inspiration?

    I find it in every day living and all around me. I try to find natural solutions to issues that family, friends, and clients have. I have worked as a Massage Therapist for years and my clients were a big reason we expanded our line. I used my concoctions on them and kept improving them. We joke that my treatment room is my research lab, but in fact that's very accurate. I love creating products and protocols that I share with others to really help people achieve optimal health. Continue Reading

  • SXSW Survival Guide: 14 Things You're Going To Need

    The Grommet team heads to SXSW next week and if you are too, you’re in luck. We’ll be a mobile resource for attendees supplying everything from water and swag bags to the unique (and helpful) items below. If you’re not attending SXSW don’t worry, this survival guide will be handy for any multi-day festival or excursion. Your Coachellas, Bonaroos, and trade shows, you get the idea, now here’s what you need to get to prepare.

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    Keeping Your Phone Powered, Clean, and Within Reach

    You know you’re at SXSW when you look around at a brilliant outdoor festival and everyone’s on his or her phone. We won’t be judging. We'll be supplying battery life.

    When JunoJumper isn’t jumpstarting a car, it’s charging a phone four times. We’ll harness the blinding Texas sun with SunJack to dish out power. If that isn’t scientific enough for you, BioLite provides off the grid heat and electricity, which is great for SXSW but even better for emerging countries with limited access to such resources.

    To wipe off the sweat, dirt, dust, and anything else your screen attracts, iRollers will be available to keep your phone looking sleek. And in order to avoid everyone’s worst nightmare at an event like SXSW, TrackR Bravos will find any missing phones, keys, and/or wallets in minutes.

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