This Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday, a tradition that American Express started only a few years ago, but has gained enough steam to project close to 5 billion dollars in consumer spending last year as a result. It started as a way to empower people to make a difference in their own community, giving their dollars and support to their own town, or one that means something to them. It has since grown to be that and so much more.
At The Grommet, we stand behind our makers and the majority of them are also small businesses. From Brooklyn, NY to Ann Arbor, Michigan to Bozeman, Montana, our Grommets are being made and manufactured in these towns where people live, work, play and call home. So this year we’re letting our Community know that by shopping for their favorite products on The Grommet, they’ll be supporting people all across the U.S., as well as The Grommet itself. We too are a small business located outside Boston, in a town called Somerville, MA. We’re proud to be located in this “maker dense” neighborhood and do our part every day to give back to the town that has given us so much. Want to know more about some of our Makers across the country? Read on..
NEIGHBOORWOODS of Brooklyn, New York
Aymie Spitzer, of Brooklyn, NY is a graphic designer who has always been drawn to the beauty of vintage maps. She took her passion and skill set to make maps on coasters and jewelry from unfinished cedar. She even created her very own custom font to adorn her creations. By supporting Neighborwoods, you’ll be supporting Amy directly, the city of Brooklyn, The Grommet and the town of Somerville. We bet you never knew how many people and places are directly affected when you make a purchase. The same goes for every purchase you make.
CONSTRUCTIVE EATING of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jackie and Carter Malcom of Ann Arbor, Michigan were young parents who simply wanted their child to eat instead of play at meal time. Obsessed with making everything construction, their son spent all of his time playing with “pretend” bulldozers and dump trucks. This gave Jackie and Carter a great idea and Constructive Eating was born. Now kids all over use their special fork lift forks to eat their pasta and their front loader spoons to scoop their veggies. Jackie and Carter also work hard to manufacture almost all of their products in the U.S., specifically the Mid-West. If you have young kids, or know someone who does, help support Jackie and Carter, along with their community this Small Business Saturday.
CUPPOW of Somerville, Massachusetts
Josh Resnikoff and Aaron Panone of Cuppow are special to us because they are based right here in Somerville. When we first met the duo and learned of their mason jar lid, we knew it would be an instant success and a very fruitful partnership. As we predicted, we sold out of our first supply within hours. What makes Cuppow worthy of supporting this November 30th is that they’ve found a way to solve a problem with minimal impact to the environment and everything is manufactured right here in Massachusetts. That’s something we can feel good about while we drink our coffee each morning.
THIS IS GROUND of Los Angeles, California
A self-proclaimed tinkerer for life, Mike Macadaan of Los Angeles, CA recently created a new solution to an age old problem. Too many cords! They get tangled and mangled so often that Mike took his design prowess and created an elegant solution that he was able to manufacture right in his home town of L.A. His company is named This is Ground and his fine leather organizers are made with love and by supporting Mike, you’re directly supporting U.S. manufacturing, and the city of L.A. (to name just a few!)
FISHER BLACKSMITHING of Bozeman, Montana
Tuli Fisher, a blacksmith and metal artisan based in the picturesque mountains of Bozeman, Montana has been hand forging garden tools since 1999. He forges each of his tools himself and some people say that using these tools is like stepping back to a simpler time. We see Fisher Blacksmithing tools as almost works of art given their beauty and the dedication needed to create each one. If you or someone on your list loves to garden, this may be the most thoughtful gift they receive this year. Not to mention how good you can feel about supporting Tuli and his hometown of Bozeman.
As you can tell, we get to know our makers well and truly care about each one. Small Business Saturday is a great way for us to encourage our Community to get to know them too while at the same time, supporting them and their small businesses.
Do you have a particular Maker on our site that you'd like to support? Tell us about them in the comments.