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Director of Content and Community at The Grommet

  • 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

  • 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

  • Meet the Maker: Gina Locklear of Zkano

    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.


    In this installment we're catching up with Gina Locklear the Maker behind Zkano.  We recently caught up with Gina to learn more about her journey as an entrepreneur, what advice she has for other Makers, and what's next for her business.

    Meet the Maker: Zkano

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress. In middle school and high school, I was almost always participating in a community play, it was my favorite thing to do. I played Alice from Alice in Wonderland in my senior play and have even been inspired by that character in some socks designs in the past.

    Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?

    It changes from season to season. Lately, bold is better. Our spring collection incorporates a lot of geometric shapes and patterns. Using unexpected color combinations is always a favorite of mine. I also love incorporating black and white stripes or designs into a sock pattern, a signature design detail for us that we use in some way each season.

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  • 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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  • 5 Bento Lunch Products To Make Life Easier

    It's time for kids to head back to school, which also means time to start packing school lunches again. If you find yourself in a lunch-packing-rut, consider sending them to school with a bento lunch box. You can include their favorite foods along with healthy snacks–while reducing packaging and extra containers.

    We've rounded up five bento solutions perfect for school or the office (because parents should enjoy healthy lunches too).

    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    1. Leak-Proof Children's Lunch Box

    Pack a healthy little buffet and each food stays separate. Easy to carry, easy to clean, and no need for multiple containers.
    Buy now: $27.95 

     

    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    2. Lunch Box Rectangle

    Simple meets functional with this BPA-free lunch box. With a divider for separating food and lockdown clips to create a tight seal, it’s easy to pack a sandwich, yogurt, or even sauce-topped pasta for on-the-go meals.
    Buy now: Starting at $11.95 

     

    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    3. Thermo Pot

    Keep your lunch piping hot with the Thermo Pot. The cork lid is easy to grip, while being a great insulator to stop heat or cold from escaping.
    Buy now: $39.95 

     

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  • 5 Unique Kitchen Gadgets

    These unique kitchen gadgets will give you a helping hand when prepping, cooking, and serving. Whether you're looking to up our kitchen game, or looking for a unique gift for the cook in your life, these innovative products do the trick.

    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet

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    1. Clip-On Strainer

    Clip this silicone strainer right on the pot to drain without needing to transfer your food. Its low profile stores easily when you’re done.
    Buy now: $12.95

     

    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet

    2. Silicone Cleaning Sleeve

    These silicone scrubbers clean, de-lint, and even exfoliate. They’re a non-toxic, antibacterial, and reusable way to clean anything from dishes to fruits to you.
    Buy now: $19.95

     

    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet

    3. Silicone Splatter Guard

    Keep fry spatter from spraying your stove, walls, and clothing. With this silicone guard, food goes from your pan to your plate.
    Buy now: $21.95

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  • Meet the Maker: Lee Mallahan III of Tadpole

    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 Lee Mallahan III, the inventor of Tadpole tape cutter. He's sharing some advice he's learned along his entrepreneurial journey and giving us a glimpse at his next invention.

    Meet the Maker of Tadpole Tape Cutter

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I grew up on an island so I spent tons of time as a little boy building cities in the sand! I wanted to be an architect.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Don't wait for the perfect time, just make sure things are right and go for your dreams. We are only here for a little while!

    Meet the Maker of Tadpole Tape Cutter

    What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?
    If it is to be, it is up to me!  Meaning when you decide to jump all in on a project, from inception to making your first sale, you should be 100% the driving force to see it through at every level.

    What has surprised you most about starting a business? Or this biggest challenge?

    Big retail may want and like your product, BUT most are making decisions today for what will be on their shelves 8 months from now.  I say: See It, Buy It, and Sell It today!! They move a little slower.

    What has been the most rewarding part of starting a business?
    Creating jobs in America and in our community.  Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker: Bonnie Tyler of The Negg

    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 Bonnie Tyler, the Maker behind The Negg. Bonnie invented a hard-boiled egg peeler after a frustrating experience peeling eggs. After some prototyping and research at her local library, she cracked a solution and her product was born. Hear more from Bonnie on what it's been like starting a business and what advice she has to share with other Makers just starting out.

    Meet the Maker Bonnie Taylor of The Negg. She shares what it's like starting a business and advice for other Makers just starting out.

    What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other Makers?
    To give one is impossible. There are many many pieces of advice. Things we've learned–take your pick. :)

    1.You can't go into this half-heartedly. Any invention needs your full attention. To think you can take it on as a part-time job would be a mistake. Only if you want to make a partially successful project.

    2. Other makers are out there who are eager to help you through the process. Talk to them.

    3. It's a big leap to actually follow through with an idea. Get your prototype, apply for a patent, and then show your invention to your family and friends and watch their reactions. We had that “aha” moment with The Negg. That feedback was invaluable and helped us take the leap.

    What other things do you love to make?
    An eagle on a par 5. Yes, I am a frustrated golfer. Talk about creating! Every time you hit an errant shot you have to create a plan for recovery. Golf is creation on steroids.

    Meet the Maker Bonnie Taylor of The Negg. She shares what it's like starting a business and advice for other Makers just starting out.

    What has surprised you most about starting a business?
    Manufacturing and selling product has so many pieces. It requires so much more than just the product. Instruction sheets, boxes, shipping boxes, customer service, and on and on. At times the learning curve is a vertical line. Continue Reading

  • 10 Dorm Essentials To Help You Master College Life

    Heading off to college and making a packing list? Whether you'll be living on-campus or sharing a place off-campus, these unique products will help you decorate your dorm, stay organized, and enjoy your new space. We've rounded up our favorite dorm room essentials that will help you master your new college life.

    We've rounded up our favorite dorm room essentials that will help you master your new college life.

    1. Iced Beverage Sleeves

    If you're not a coffee consumer now, you very well maybe once you get to college. Let iced drinks quench your thirst (and fuel that study session), not your hands by using these iced beverages sleeves. To-go iced drinks are now drip-free, thanks to this neoprene drink sleeve.

    Buy Now: $15.95

    We've rounded up our favorite dorm room essentials that will help you master your new college life.

    2. The New Generation of Bean Bags

    You'll want a comfy place to hit the books, and a Yogibo is the perfect addition to any study space. Sink into these snug chairs and cushions—the near-frictionless beads are packed in soft, stretchy spandex. It conforms to your body, like a hug.

    Buy Now: $239

    We've rounded up our favorite dorm room essentials that will help you master your new college life.

    3. Outlet Adapter with USB

    Don't fight over outlets. This USB adapter cube has two USB ports, four outlets, plus four travel adapter plugs for the ability to power up in most countries. Use it in your dorm and take it with you on that study abroad trip.
    Buy Now: $17.95

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  • Meet the Maker: Julia Bitton of Dr. Fedorenko True Organic

    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 Julia Bitton of Dr. Fedorenko True Organic to learn a bit more about her organic skin care company. There are actually two doctors at work in this family company. Dr. Julia Fedorenko Bitton and her mom, Dr. Larissa Fedorenko, first created the Bug Stick to fight mosquitos and ticks at home in New York. They’ve since paired their backgrounds in dermatology and holistic medicine to helps bodies in other ways—and always naturally.

    Meet the Maker Dr. Fedorenko True Organic

    What would be the name of your biography?
    Hustle + Heart will set you apart!

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to become veterinarian when I grew up, but soon after, I have discovered that I was allergic to pretty much every animal on earth; so when I actually grew up, I became a naturopath, and later I was able to reverse almost all of my allergies.

    Meet the Maker Dr. Fedorenko True Organic

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Success is in the tiny steps. The steady progress. The calm focus. The disciplined persistence. We’re brought up to admire the guy who cuts the red ribbon, but not the one who lays the bricks. Our society is overly eager to celebrate overnight success, but not to encourage daily commitment. Resist instant gratification and build your brand for a long haul–even if it means recognizing and celebrating progress on your own. Continue Reading

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