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Director of Content and Community at The Grommet

  • 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: 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

  • Meet the Maker: Milissa Nelson of Spot Stuff

    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 catching up with Milissa Nelson, the Maker behind a natural oil & grease stain remover  we recently launched on The Grommet. Milissa's Spot Stuff is eco-friendly, Made in the USA, and gets rid of stubborn, tough-to-clean stains—even ones that have set. Hear more about the inspiration behind this product and Milissa's journey as an entrepreneur.

    Meet the Maker of Spot Stuff

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I was always fascinated with travel, I loved everything about it. I grew up in a family business and always wanted to own my own someday, so when I finally had the chance, I combined the two. I had worked for years as an IT consultant for the aviation industry, and as a million-miler when it comes to travel, I always had a limited wardrobe and tight schedule when spills hit. I was fed up with the bad results I had from the wet instant spot removal products on the market, I thought there had to be a better answer, so I started my research over a decade ago to create something better! I wanted a DRY product to remove fat, oil, and grease stains, which were my most common stain type.

    What personality traits have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
    I'm a daily list maker of the tasks for each day, with constant update to of course to ensure things don't get missed. I try to plan out in advance as much as possible, laying out timelines of where we need to be with everything.  I think one of my most important traits is I don't put things off if I can help it. My moto has always been "Do it now." Also, I love being an early riser  (it's a huge benefit) because I find I can get so much more done in the early mornings before everyone is even out of bed. My mother started our family business which grew so fast my father had to leave his job and come in too. They never had a sales team after their first couple of accounts, everyone came to them. They had clients like Radisson, Burger King, and Perkins to name a few. I was always inspired by my parents and their drive, they never gave up and always found a way to get things done and done right! They never sacrificed quality or service. Those traits I am blessed to have grown up with and use every day.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Read a lot about successful businesses and what the common traits are for the owners, the business setup, and the marketing. Learn as much as you can. Most importantly, read about business law and anything to do with your business or product setup and protection, so you don't have to learn the hard way it will be very important later in life. Don't be quite so trusting, go with your gut, but check it out and document anything important in writing, so people can't take advantage of you. Find mentors early in areas of business that you are interested in and learn, learn, learn! Decide what you love and find something to do with that and work will be fun instead of work! Ask lots of questions. You don't know what you don't know, until you ask! Continue Reading

  • 5 Gifts for Women of Any Age

    Do you ever feel like you see the same old gift ideas year after year? Yeah, we did too. That's why we've taken the time to find gifts for her that are innovative, unique, and thoughtful. Here are five gifts for women (of any age) that we know she'll be delighted to receive.

    Here are five gifts for women (of any age) that we know she'll be delighted to receive. 

    1. Hair Tie Bracelet

    With this gift, she can carry a hair elastic on her wrist in an elegant (and indent-free) way. Slip the bracelet on, slip an elastic over, and it blends right in.
    Buy now: Starting at $19.95

     

     

    Here are five gifts for women (of any age) that we know she'll be delighted to receive. 

    2. Flexible Fitness & Travel Shoes

    She'll be able to step out—or stay in—in comfort. These flexible shoes have an ergonomic design that goes from relaxing at home to walks, running errands and more.
    Buy now: Starting at $19.99

     

     

    Here are five gifts for women (of any age) that we know she'll be delighted to receive. 

    3. Fermentation Crock

    Give a gift that keeps on giving. With this, she can ferment her own nutrient-rich foods—in style. This vessel keeps air out but lets gases escape—all while looking lovely in the kitchen.
    Buy now: Starting at $39

     

     

    Here are five gifts for women (of any age) that we know she'll be delighted to receive. 

    4. Wine Saver Carafe

    This innovative carafe preserves the wine open today for tomorrow and days to come. Now available in shatterproof plastic ideal for use outdoors.
    Buy now: Starting at $39.95 Continue Reading

  • 5 Gifts for Men You'll Want to Wrap, STAT

    We know that finding unique gifts for men can be a challenge. That's why we've worked hard to find innovative and interesting gifts for him that you'll be excited to give (and he'll be excited to receive). Whether your looking for something special for your hubby, boyfriend, dad, brother, nephew, son, or grandson–we've got you covered.

     

    We know that finding unique gifts for men can be a challenge. That's why we've worked hard to find innovative and interesting gifts for him that you'll be excited to give (and he'll be excited to receive).

    1. Craft Beer Cap Collector

    Help him keep track of and display his favorite brews while creating a conversation piece. Made in the USA, these beer cap maps are laser-cut to show the bottle caps and come in different shapes. Perfect for his man cave.
    Buy now: Starting at $34.95

     

     

    We know that finding unique gifts for men can be a challenge. That's why we've worked hard to find innovative and interesting gifts for him that you'll be excited to give (and he'll be excited to receive).

    2. Front Pocket Wallet

    These leather wallets designed for his front pocket. Front pocket wallets are safer—and can be less stressful on his back. They're made in Maine and carefully designed to fit perfectly.
    Buy now: Starting at $45

     

     

    We know that finding unique gifts for men can be a challenge. That's why we've worked hard to find innovative and interesting gifts for him that you'll be excited to give (and he'll be excited to receive).

    3. Bristle Free Grill Brush

    Does he like to grill? This is a  bristle-free way to clean the grill, safely. There are no metal bristles that could shed and end up in your food.
    Buy now: Starting at $15.95

     

     

    We know that finding unique gifts for men can be a challenge. That's why we've worked hard to find innovative and interesting gifts for him that you'll be excited to give (and he'll be excited to receive). Continue Reading

  • Unique Golf Gifts For Any Golfer In Your Life

    We've found unique golf gifts for the golfer in your life. Whether you're shopping for a beginner or a seasoned pro, these gifts will help them up their game and put a smile on their face.

    1. Personalized Golf Ball Marker

    With this gift, they'll be able to easily spot their golf ball out on the course. This American made, stainless steel stencil allows them to personalize each ball. Six designs to choose from.
    Buy now: $29.95

     

    2. All-in-One Golf Club Cleaner

    Any caddy will tell you that cleaner golf clubs can lead to better shots. Help them up their game with this golf gift. This cleaning multitool fits in a golf bag and has a spray bottle, towel, scrub pad, brass groove cleaners and more.
    Buy now: $24.95

     

    3. Golf Performance Tracker

    This gift will give them instant data about their game. They can improve their handicap with detailed data about every swing (distance, impact, location). Even recommends clubs, shows trends, and more.
    Buy now: $79.99

     

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  • 5 Coffee Gifts That Will Perk Up Any Coffee Lover

    Discover unique gifts for coffee lovers right here at The Grommet. From iced coffee lovers to DIY baristas, these coffee gifts are bound to perk anyone up.

    Discover unique gifts for coffee lovers at The Grommet. From iced coffee lovers to DIY baristas, these coffee gifts are bound to perk anyone up.

    1. Iced Beverage Sleeves

    Iced coffee fans will appreciate this gift. To-go iced drinks are now drip-free, thanks to this neoprene drink sleeve. Condensation stays off surfaces and off hands, too.
    Buy now: $15.95

     

    Discover unique gifts for coffee lovers at The Grommet. From iced coffee lovers to DIY baristas, these coffee gifts are bound to perk anyone up.

    2. Anti-spill Coffee Mug

    Do they like to take their coffee to go? This travel cup has an innovative lid that prevents spills from jostles and drops. Drink from anywhere around the rim (no tiny hole to look for), and breathe in the free-flowing aroma.
    Buy now: $28.95

     

    Discover unique gifts for coffee lovers at The Grommet. From iced coffee lovers to DIY baristas, these coffee gifts are bound to perk anyone up.

    3. Cold Brew Coffee Filter

    Are they the DIY type? With this gift, they can make their own cold brew coffee using this filter and two mason jars. Then they can enjoy the smoother, less acidic taste that’s easier on tummies, too.
    Buy now: $34.95

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  • 5 Beer Gifts To Give Any Beer Lover

    Discover beer gifts that any beer lover will enjoy. From unique beer openers to a fun beer pong game, these beer gifts will have them saying "cheers" to you.

     

    Discover beer gifts that any beer lover will enjoy. From unique beer openers to a fun beer pong game, these beer gifts will have them saying

    1. Craft Beer Cap Collector

    Help them keep track of their favorite brews while creating a conversation piece. Made in the USA, these beer cap maps are laser-cut to show the bottle caps and come in different shapes.
    Buy now: Starting at $34.95

     

    Discover beer gifts that any beer lover will enjoy. From unique beer openers to a fun beer pong game, these beer gifts will have them saying

    2. Arctican

    Cheers to innovative ways to enjoy a cold beer. This cozy will chill their brew, but won’t chill their hands.
    Buy now: $19.95

     

    Discover beer gifts that any beer lover will enjoy. From unique beer openers to a fun beer pong game, these beer gifts will have them saying

    3. Premium Beer Making Kit

    Professional quality home brewing—perfect for the DIYer on your list. Create craft beer with premium ingredients and reliable equipment in these easy-to-use kits.
    Buy now: $48 Continue Reading

  • 5 Wine Gifts Any Wine Lover Will Appreciate

    Have a wine lover on your gift list? Here are five wine gifts to give that go beyond a bottle of wine. From practical to decorative–these wine gifts will pair perfectly with any bottle of vino.

    Discover wine gifts that any wine-lover will appreciate.

    1. Foldable Wine Bottle

    Life’s too short to leave the wine behind. Give this wine travel bag as a gift and let them bring their favorite drink anywhere. It's foldable, flexible, and can hold a full bottle of wine.
    Buy now: $12.99

     

    Discover wine gifts that any wine-lover will appreciate.

    2. Wine Saver Stopper

    Gift the gift of oxygen-fighting, freshness-preserving solution to saving open wine. With this Made in the USA wine saver stopper, their last glass will taste as good as their first.
    Buy now: Starting at $8.95

     

    Discover wine gifts that any wine-lover will appreciate.

    3.  Convertible Wine Box

    Give more than just a bottle of wine. In addition to helping your bottle stand apart from other host and hostess gifts, this house-shaped carrier transforms into a wooden wine rack.
    Buy now: $24.99 Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker: Jane Lee of Poke-a-Dot

    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 Jane Lee, Founder of Poke-a-Dot, an adjustable cosmetics organizer. Jane created this travel makeup organizer after getting fed up with digging around in her makeup bag. A frequent traveler, she’d had it with taking her makeup on the go and fishing through a jumble of cosmetics—and messes like leaky bottles and broken powders. So, she created a better system. Hear more about Jane's adventures as an entrepreneur.

    Meet the Maker of Poke-a-Dot cosmetic organizer, Jane Lee. Jane shares insight on what it's like to start a business and gives advice to entrepreneurs just starting out.

    Poke-a-Dot: Adjustable Cosmetic Organizer
    Starting at $44.95 Buy Now

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be either Barbra Streisand or Linda Ronstadt. I LOVED to sing. I was an opera major at Indiana University and was part of several musicals. I do remember wanting to open a hotel when I was young (like 9) because I loved to organize the names of the people who were my guests! (I guess that is where my organizational journey began!)

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Don't sweat the small stuff. Believe in yourself and your God-given talents!

    Left: Jane with Lisa O'Dell, board member who has helped Jane along her journey Right: Jane at her first tradeshow

     

    What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?
    Believe, believe, believe! If you have faith in what you are doing, have done your due diligence, and it has proven that what you are "making" can be successful, don't listen to the naysayers. Continue Reading

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