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Director of Content and Community at The Grommet

  • 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

  • 6 Ways to Show Your Appreciation on National Thank You Day

    Since National Thank You Day is fast approaching (this year it's September 15th), we figured we'd share a few thoughtful thank you gift ideas. You might want to pick up a little something that says "thanks" to give that helpful person in your life. We like the idea of making a point to show appreciation to those who help make our lives a bit easier and more enjoyable. 

    Here are six thoughtful gift ideas to give on National Thank You Day.

    1. Good Luck Charms

    Give someone a double dose of good luck. These American made good luck bells channel a centuries-old tradition of keeping negative energy away.
    Buy now: $12

     

    2. Wish Ornament

    These handblown glass orbs, made from recycled glass, come in birthstone hues and give off a lovely, colorful light. They make a great personalized thank you gift. 
    Buy now: $20.95

     

    3. Angel Lockets

    This gift is one they can wear every day. These angel lockets are unique–instead of holding a picture inside like a traditional locket, each one houses a sphere with a chime inside.
    Buy now: $20

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  • Meet the Maker: Michael and Wells of Rogue Industries

    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.

    Michael Lyons and Wells Lyons are co-owners of Rogue Industries–a leather goods business up in Maine. This father and son team began crafting leather men's front pocket wallets after Michael couldn’t find the right one for himself. We recently caught up with Wes and he shared more about what's it's been like running this family-owned business and gave advice for other Makers just starting out.

    Meet the Makers behind Rogue Industries. In this Meet the Maker edition, The Grommet catches up with the founders of Rogue Industries, a leather goods business based in Maine. 

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a paleontologist. I've always loved dinosaurs, rocks, and the outdoors. Today I've got a stegosaurus tattoo that's a replica of the first scientific drawing of a stegosaurus that was done by paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. I like his illustration because it's all wrong (the number of plates are way off, and the tail spike placement is incorrect) but Marsh went for it–he didn't let the idea of perfection stop him from acting. In business terms, you could say he understood minimum viable product and the importance of getting to market!

    So I didn't become a paleontologist–business and law became greater interests. But I still love exploring the outdoors, especially habitats where it feels like a triceratops could be just around the corner.

    Meet the Makers behind Rogue Industries. In this Meet the Maker edition, The Grommet catches up with the founders of Rogue Industries, a leather goods business based in Maine.

    What three words would you use to describe entrepreneurship?
    Persistence, luck, and resilience. I find the harder I work, the luckier I am. But that doesn't mean there won't be enormous challenges that knock you down from time to time. You've just got to make sure you get back up and keep moving in the direction you want to be going in.

    Meet the Makers behind Rogue Industries. In this Meet the Maker edition, The Grommet catches up with the founders of Rogue Industries, a leather goods business based in Maine.

    What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other Makers?
    Start small but be relentless. Track your progress each day, identifying the top three or five items that must get done. Check in regularly to make sure those actions sync to your larger goals.

    What other things do you love to make?
    I really enjoy cooking for friends and family. Being from Maine, knowing how to make a good chowder is pretty much required. Years ago I took JFK's fish chowder recipe and made a few adjustments to it at Christmas. I was trying to impress this woman I was seeing, and I'd say it worked, as now we're married.

    Enjoying cooking is definitely something I've gotten from my dad–Michael's lobster stew is legendary. My brother, Jesse, is the real chef in the family though. He's also The Grommet's neighbor (you can see his house from your office!). Continue Reading

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