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Director of Content and Community at The Grommet

  • Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

    Looking for unique gifts ideas they'll love? Make your little one's Valentine's Day extra special with these gifts geared for kids. When you give a Grommet, each one has a story. The thoughtfulness is built right in.  

    Valentines Gifts for Kids

    Mountain Melodies

    The Mountain Melodies thumb-harp is elegantly designed and crafted in the United States from polished cedar. With the included songbook and its intuitive design, you will be playing and experimenting with your own music in no time. Shop Now

    Valentines Gifts for Kids

    Marblue

    These fun, bright, affordable Headfoams are child friendly, mono-body headphones with an 85-decibel limit for safety. And they’re built to last from EVA foam. Shop Now

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  • Next Stop: NY NOW

    After spending the past few weeks on the road (with stops at Atlanta's AmericasMart and the Dallas Market, and an upcoming LA Mart exhibit), our team is soon headed to exhibit at NY NOW. Our first Wholesale exhibit at NY NOW was last August (see the recap here), and we're excited to be back for the winter market.

    The Grommet and NY NOW

    Our team will be on-site featuring a curated selection of products across several categories; each created by independent Makers. We're looking forward to connecting with Main Street Retailers from across the country and sharing the stories behind our products with them. Attendees will be able to browse and shop The Grommet Wholesale from the showroom floor of NY NOW™. 

    The Grommet Wholesale at NY NOW

    The Grommet Wholesale Exhibit January 31 - February 4, 2015

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    The Grommet Co-Founder and Chief Discovery Officer, Joanne Domeniconi will speak during  Seminar: Modern-Day Matchmaking Redux: Tech Tools for 21st Century Makers Sunday, February 1, 12:00 Noon, Javits Center, 1A02-03

    Moderated by Susan Szenasy, publisher and editor of METROPLOIS, this seminar features several other big players of the Maker Movement.

    Evan Cohen is the self-described “handy man” of IndieGogo’s operation, helping educate and empower Makers through crowdfunding. Matthew Burnett heads Maker’s Row, providing independents Makers with a manufacturing network across the United States. And Ashley Etling helped establish Red Clay Design, connecting Makers and retailers with award-winning designers.

    Together they form a Maker super-team of sorts and they’ll be sitting together in one room on Super Bowl Sunday, no less. There, you can learn how the Maker Movement is being elevated from the people leading the charge.


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     for more photos from the showroom floor and be sure to follow NY NOW on Instagram (you just might spot us posting there too).

    If you’re a retailer, you can learn more about The Grommet Wholesale here: The Grommet Wholesale

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  • Meet the Maker: Oliver Shuttlesworth

    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 Maker Oliver Shuttlesworth, a Texas-based Maker who has set out to make a difference. After witnessing the extreme poverty and lack of education for children in Central America, Oliver was inspired to do something about it. He founded Esperos on the simple, yet powerful idea of bringing hope for a brighter future to children in need. We recently caught up with Oliver to learn more about his view on being a Maker and starting a business. 

    Meet the Maker of Esperos

    Photo By Ashley Landis/Contributor Chron

     

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

    Hmm. That's a tough question. I would have to say determination, flexibility, and, as strange as it it to say, sheer ignorance. I think that the determination to see ESPEROS grow and succeed has pushed me through a number of difficult obstacles and barriers.

    To me, being flexible means knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em, so to speak. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to never marry yourself to an idea. I think it is really easy as an entrepreneur to get buried in your work and to sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture to the detriment of the product or service you provide. I've tried to make a point of readily accepting feedback and ideas to ensure we're moving forward as a brand and never settling for the status quo.

    Lastly, I think that being a bit ignorant is a strong trait of mine. To be honest, when I started ESPEROS, I had no idea how the retail industry worked (and that is an ongoing education). I set out with lofty goals in mind and I've pursued large retailers, international markets, and some pretty crazy ideas in the short time ESPEROS has been around, but I think that the company is all the better for it, especially since we're now experiencing an emerging national presence with Whole Foods having launched products in Asia in July!

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  • The Grommet Wholesale Exhibit: Dallas Market

    We're wrapping up our trip in Atlanta and The Grommet Wholesale Team is now making it's way to Dallas. We will be spending the next week exhibiting at Dallas Market Center starting January 14, 2015. It's our first time in Dallas and we're excited to learn that this marketplace is over five million square feet —brimming with retailers from around the globe who come to source unique products. Our Wholesale Team will be on-site featuring a curated selection of Grommets across several product categories; each created by independent Makers. We're looking forward to connecting with Main Street Retailers from across the country and sharing the stories behind our products with them.

    Here's a sneak peek at some of the products that attendees will be able to get a hands-on look at during our exhibit:

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    Above (click to learn more about each): Chargehub / Objects with a Purpose / KeySmart / Max'is Creations / PlayTape / iRoller

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  • The Grommet Wholesale Exhibit: AmericasMart

    We're hitting the road! The Grommet Wholesale Exhibit is coming to Atlanta's AmericasMart this week. Americas Mart is "The Nations #1 Product Destination" so it's only fitting that  our Wholesale Team will be on-site featuring a curated selection of Grommets across several product categories; each created by independent Makers. Attendees with be able to browse and shop The Grommet Wholesale from the showroom floor. For Retailers, this means the chance to get a first-look (and hands on experience) at forty new and innovative products that have launched on The Grommet (scroll for a sneak peek below).

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    Our partnership with AmericasMart gives Retailers an opportunity to experience our curated discovery platform for browsing and buying new-to-market products. It's also a chance for us to meet you in person, and share the stories behind our Makers' products. In fact, meeting you will likely be our most memorable part, so we hope you stop by. Let's connect at the show.

    You'll find our booth in building 3, Floor 2, Booth 900 (next to the food court)

    If you’re a Retailer, you can learn more about The Grommet Wholesale here: The Grommet Wholesale  and register for AmericasMart here: AmericasMart (you might also want to check out these tips for attending the show).

    Here's a sneak peek at some of Makers who will be attending the show. Learn about their products the stories behind them:

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  • 5 Unique Gift for the Bartender

    Raise a glass for these gifts that any aspiring bartender or gracious host will appreciate.

    MasonShaker

    Mason Shaker

    A shot of Americana, a jigger of Southern sensibility, a dash of design ingenuity, and what have you got? The Mason Shaker. A unique four-piece cocktail shaker made of glass and stainless steel.  Shop Now

    Whiskey Wedge

    Whisky Wedge

    The Whiskey Wedge creates an intriguing wedge of ice inside its specially designed tumbler. Keep your favorite drink cool--both in temperature and in appearance--as the ice block melts slowly. Shop Now

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  • Pop-In and Meet Our Makers

    The Grommet Pop-In Shop You might have heard that we've recently opened our first-ever Pop-In Shop in Boston's South End. Teaming up with local Retailer, Michelle Willey we've set up shop within her storefront for the holiday season (Not local? You can browse all of the products here). By bringing our Grommets to a retail location, we are making it easier for you to support independent Makers this holiday season and purchase gifts that have meaning.  This retail experience has given us the chance to meet many of you in person and in turn, we invite you to meet and greet with some of our local Makers. Check below for dates and time of our Meet the Maker weekends. We hope to see you there.

    Saturday 12/13

    Meet Elizabeth from Yoga by Numbers, 12:00-2:00 Meet Mark from R. Murphy Knives, 3:00-5:00

    Sunday 12/21

    Meet Jennifer from Refleece, tentatively 1:00-3:00

     

    Can't make it to meet our Makers? Be sure to pop in to the shop anytime to browse and shop Grommets in person. 

    Where:
    Michelle Willey 8 Union Park Street, Boston, MA
    When:
    November 20 - December 24
    Hours
    Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5
  • A Handcrafted Holiday Dessert Table

    To mark the opening of our holiday Pop-In Shop (our first retail experience which is inside Boston's Michelle Willey boutique) we recently hosted an opening party to celebrate this Grommet "first." However, we set out to celebrate more than just bringing our Grommet products to retail shelves; we were marking  a strong relationship with a local retailer (Michelle), while celebrating our Makers and introducing them (and their stories and products) to the local community.

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    With the shop full of friendly faces of Makers, local Retailers, our biggest supporters, media, and an excited Grommet crew, we kicked off the holiday season in style.

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  • "Pop In" and Be a Part of a Grommet First

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    Just in time for the holidays, we're opening our first-ever Pop-In Shop and you're cordially invited. We've teamed up with local Retailer, Michelle Willey to set up shop within her storefront in Boston’s South End. 

    If you're like us, you're on the hunt for most unique gifts this year. By bringing our Grommets to this retail location, we are making it easier for you to support independent Makers this holiday season and purchase gifts that have meaning. We hope you accept our invitation to  experience what it means to “Give Differently” this year. Through our “Pop-In” experience, you will be able to touch, test, and purchase Grommets on-site as part of our installation within the shop. On the shelves, you will find popular items such as the instructive yoga mat by Yoga by Numbers, along side Boston-born and manufactured products like drink lids by Cuppowand custom handcrafted gold and silver jewelry by Dennis Higgins among others– all of which are created by independent Makers and have been vetted and approved by our Discovery Team.

    Our host and partner, the ethereal South End boutique Michelle Willey, is helping us bring this exciting project to life. If you're in the Boston area, stop by to start your holiday shopping with a collection of giftable Grommets. Not local? Browse our Pop-In collection that includes all of the unique gift ideas you’d find on the store shelves.

    Where:
    Michelle Willey
    8 Union Park Street, Boston, MA
    When:
    November 20 - December 24
    Hours
    Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5

    We will also be holding special events on the weekends. Be sure to join us for Small Business Saturday to receive complimentary gift wrapping when you #ShopSmall (and check back for news on future events).

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  • 7 Fun Learning Toys

    These educational toys  prove that learning can be fun. We've rounded up  toys and games that will keep little minds (and hands) engaged and entertained.

    Educational Toys

    YOXO

    YOXO is a customizable building kit, made in Minnesota from locally sourced, sustainable materials. Use the interlocking Y, X and O shapes with everyday items around the house to build whatever your imagination can conjure up. Invent your robot hero with the YOXObot Orig building set. Shop Now

    Best educational toys

    Siege Toys

    This tabletop toy is a miniature replica of siege engines used during Medieval times. Using the scientific elements of force, distance, weight and height, these learning toys are great for playtime or lighthearted warfareShop Now

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