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  • Meet the Maker: Rene and Simone Xavier of Sigma Beauty

    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. 

    We're kicking off 2018 by catching up with Simone Xavier of Sigma Beauty. Simone, along with her husband Rene, with backgrounds in civil engineering and molecular biology, teamed up to identify an urgent need and design a solution. And the result is an innovative way to clean your makeup brushes–a makeup brush cleaning glove. Hear more about what it's like behind the scenes of Sigma Beauty.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?
    The most surprising aspect of starting Sigma Beauty was the way our love for engineering and science has helped our customers solve beauty problems. Being different and developing outside-the-box solutions has been our most valuable asset and helped us build a devoted fan base that’s as hooked on innovation as we are.

    What advice would you have given yourselves 10 years ago?
    Get organized and be ready to grow fast. Stay true to your core values. Remain committed to excellence and innovation, and it will pay off. Quality is a universal language spoken by customers around the globe.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    Where do you find design inspiration for new products?
    Our product design inspiration is heavily influenced by our customers’ needs and our engineering and scientific backgrounds. We listen to their problems and work hard to provide them with a smart solution. We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes and often find that our own needs are a very good predictor of products that will be useful to them. We pay close attention to industry trends and try to be ahead of the curve, introducing products that will address the trends in a distinct and unexpected way.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What is the most challenging aspect of starting a business?
    When a business grows relatively fast, building the perfect team might be considered a challenge–one that is passionate about the brand, and is as committed to its success as we are. We have been very lucky to be able to build a dream team at Sigma. 2019 marks our 10 year anniversary, and there were challenges throughout our growth process, but these challenges were always solved by professionalism and commitment from our great team.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What is the best advice you've ever received?
    Invest in quality and success will come. This has been a core value for our company. We do not launch a product unless we believe it is the best it can be for our customers. Our commitment to providing our customer with high quality product is at the center of every decision we make. Continue Reading

  • A Look Ahead at 2018

    Our product discovery team has already been hard at work finding innovative, Grommet-worthy products to share with you in 2018. We sat down with our product experts to get the scoop on the types of products you’ll be seeing this year.

    Meredith

    Smart Kitchen is here to stay, and we are seeing more and more companies come up with new ways of perfecting the way we cook, bake, grill etc. by infusing everyday activities with technology that makes our lives easier. With that being said the most successful smart kitchen products have to solve a common problem in a different and more effective way and be an affordable price.

    The health benefits and the ease of home preparation of fermented foods will continue to be a big trend and we see so many Makers coming out with DIY solutions. It’s nice to see a revival of something that has been used by many for centuries make a comeback and continue to grow.

    Taking everyday products and reinventing them. We are seeing a resurgence of this within home and housewares. When you can take something that already exists and re-design it to make it better and solve a widespread consumer problem, it's powerful.

    Ryan

    The technology category continues to redefine itself as electronics spread to all product categories and give more focus to niche categories. Finding ways for technology to infuse itself with everyday tasks and make our lives a little more convenient is going to be our focus.

    While the fidget spinner craze came and went quickly this year, we do anticipate continued interest in out-of-the box ready to play toys. I'm expecting 2018 to move away from the learn-to-code STEM toy and focus more heavily on interactive toys that seamlessly mesh the digital and physical worlds. Mixed realities (Augmented and Virtual) will likely see deeper development.

    We are expecting a number of shifts in the hardware and tool space for 2018. Naturally, this lends itself to connected products enhancing our ability to build, tinker, and improve our homes. We also anticipate re-designs of familiar tools that will continue to shrink, become stronger, and more efficient than those prior.

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  • Come See What We Found For the Holidays

    What are you searching for this holiday season? A better gift? A more unique one? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you’ve come to the right place.

    All year long our Discovery team tracks down products with something that sets them apart. As of this writing, we’ve revealed over 300 products in 2017. That’s over 24,000 hours to find you products that stand up as the best of the best.

    Each product has been tested by the Grommet team so you know your mom, dad, brother, sister, significant other, family member, and/or friend will get a gift that’s been vetted and approved. You see, most stores are only concerned with getting you to buy what they’re selling, but at The Grommet, we’re focused on bringing you products worth buying.

    And with your help, we’re trying to build a world where better ideas win. It starts this holiday season.

    You’ve probably seen a few of those better ideas mysteriously wrapped up on our site, on social media, or across the internet. If you’ve been wondering what they are, allow us to unwrap a couple of them.

    When opened, this curiously shaped package reveals a friendly robot that helps teach kids how to code.

    Rip this intriguing present open and it will delight anyone who enjoys a scoop or an entire pint of ice cream. This ergonomic ice cream scoop allows you to enjoy that ice cream right out of the freezer without straining your wrist.

     

    Think you know what all our gifts are? Our Guess the Gift sweepstakes starts Tuesday, November 28th. Each Tuesday and Thursday our daily email will feature a wrapped gift for you to guess. Enter your guess for a chance to win. We’ll unwrap the gift each Wednesday and Friday.

    Subscribe to our daily email here and put on your detective hat. Good luck!

    Also, we’d love to hear what you’ve thought about our new holiday campaign. Have you been sitting with baited breath to discover what these mystery gifts are? Leave a comment below!

  • Meet the Maker: Michelle Silberman of ChocAmo

    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.

    We recently caught up with Michelle Silberman from ChocAmo. Back in the 7th grade, Michelle  and her best friend had the idea to combine milk and cookies in one treat—cookie cups. Flash forward to today, and Michelle’s chocolate chip childhood dream is a tasty reality thanks to her college entrepreneurship course. Learn more about her journey below.

    Meet the Maker of ChoAmo

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    I've always been a lover of two things–family and incredible food. What started as a project in an Entrepreneurship Class at Drexel University has turned into a delicious obsession of sourcing the best ingredients and brainstorming infinite ways to bring THE perfect Cookie Cup to anyone and everyone who is a fan of the all-time classic snack of cookies and milk. Sound deliciously amazing? It is…worth every sip and every delectable bite!

    Coming from a first-generation household, Michelle’s passion for cooking delicious food that brings family and friends together is pure tradition; it's part of her soul. She found that no matter who was sitting at the table, as long as every dish is made with quality ingredients and love…great food has a magical way of bringing people together.

    For me, creating the trade secret Cookie Cup is more than just food innovation, it is a piece of my family merged with my love for inspiring connections, baked together and served up for sweets-lovers everywhere! 

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    We recently began to implement a weekly Cookie Cup Snack Time Brainstorming session with our ChocAmo Family (the team) every Monday at 3:00 p.m. This allows all members of the team to share their perspective and creative solutions while snacking on delicious treats. It is the perfect remedy for even the slightest trace of Monday blues, and allows everyone to build a creative synergy. 
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    What three personality  traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
     Adaptability - The ability to think creatively and adapt to what is happening in the business. This also goes hand in hand with problem solving.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Sarah & Anna of Tactile Craftworks

    How do you commemorate your travels? Photos? Videos? Souvenirs? How about etched journals?

    On this episode, we talk to Sarah Kirkham and Anna Warren the creators of Tactile Craftworks. They handcraft and laser cut journals that pay tribute to your favorite city. American-made for a lifetime in Milwaukee, WI, these products have Anna and Sarah’s fingerprints on them from start to finish. If you’re wondering what incredible chemistry between two founders sounds like, this episode is for you.

    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes.

  • Come Visit Our Pop-up Shop on Newbury St. in Boston

    Newbury Street is a marquee destination in Boston for visitors and residents alike. Lined with 19th-century brownstones, this mile-long street is packed with boutiques, bookstores, shops, salons, and restaurants. Until this week, it was only missing one thing—The Grommet.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Tania Boler of Elvie

    Ever wonder how you exercise a muscle that’s vital to your health but impossible to see? On this episode of the Meet the Maker Podcast, Tania Boler, inventor of Elvie, is going to enlighten us all on how to get kegels of steel and why they're important.

    If you’re on a quest for a stronger core, better sex, postpartum healing, or bladder control, listen as Tania and I dive into the benefits of Elvie, the world's most personal physical trainer.

    Tania is also giving one lucky listener a free Elvie! See below for details.

     

    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes.

    WIN your own Elvie! 

    *UPDATE: Our randomly selected winner is Tracy. 

    TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.

    *We will select one random commenter as a winner on 11-19-2017.
    *Winner must have US shipping address.

  • Live Meet the Maker Events at The Grommet Store

    Every day on our site we tell you the story of an innovative product and the brilliant person who made it. We create videos, write blog posts, and record podcasts all in an effort to get you as close to meeting the Maker as possible.

    Now we can really mean it when we say you can meet the Makers behind the products on our site.

    Every weekend in our store at the Natick Mall, our Makers will showcase, demo, and answer questions about their products live and in-person. It's a great way to learn about a product you've had your eye on directly from the person who created it.

    It will be a fun, interactive way to kick off your holiday shopping. As a bonus, the featured Makers' products will be 10% during the event.

    You can RSVP on Facebook and check out the schedule of featured Makers below. Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe

    Meet the Maker Podcast with Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe. On this episode, we talk to Susan about how she came up with the business. Susan Castriota, the Maker of Cuchina Safe, creates glass microwave lids and cooking dishes to help people avoid using plastic when cooking.

    The creation of her products stemmed from her breast cancer diagnosis, which could have been a podcast in itself. It caused her to reevaluate the types of consumer products she used in her life. When she learned of the dangers plastics presented when cooking or microwaving, it led to her business. To hear more about that story and how she has handled growing her business, we talk to Susan herself.

    Meet the Maker Podcast with Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe. On this episode, we talk to Susan about how she came up with the business.

     

    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes.

  • Meet the Maker: Jaeson Plon and Bradd Kern of Sea Bottle

    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.

    We recently caught up with Jaeson Plon, who along with Bradd Kern, created a natural hand wash, Sea Bottle. After Jaeson, a surfer and diver, wanted to inspire us to be kinder to the oceans that sustain us. This feel-good, good-looking soap is beautiful and purposeful enough to become a permanent counter top fixture. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind Sea Bottle and how Jaeson and Bradd brought it to life.

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    We wanted to design something beautiful, of course, but also to inspire our customers to learn more about our passion for the ocean and mission to reduce and raise awareness for ocean plastic pollution. The coordinates on the Bottle point to the heart of the pacific gyre, and it's a great conversation starter.

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    We surf straight through them! Ha. No, it's definitely not always easy. But, surfing is actually a great metaphor. Just relax, and the way forward emerges.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Better to have scars than regrets. Also, wear more sun block!  Continue Reading

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