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 beginning a new blog series in which we can continue sharing the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.
In our third installment we're catching up with Maker Aymie Spitzer. Aymie tells us that she has always been drawn to the beauty of vintage maps, particularity their hand lettering and ornate details. Inspired, she turned her own hand lettering into a custom font to artfully adorn her wooden wall maps, necklaces and coasters. She founded Neighborwoods and launched on The Grommet last summer.
Read on for more of our Q&A with Aymie below.
What has surprised you most about starting a business?
There are so many details you don't think about when creating a product. How do you invoice retailers? Taxes and shipping rates? How do you deal with returns? This stuff isn't the most fun but is all necessary to running a successful business.
Since your launch on The Grommet, how has the support of our community impacted your business?
The Grommet team has been wonderful to work with. They seem to have a pulse on artists and products who the Grommet community will love. We've been grateful that the Grommet community has taken to liking Neighborwoods and that reflects in our sales and customer testimonial emails. We love you all back!
Any words of wisdom for other Makers who might be launching or growing their own businesses?
Seth Godin rules. Read his blog, books, and listen to his talks if you don't already.
To learn more about Neighborwoods, be sure to watch our video here.