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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Max Feber of BRUW

    The Grommet office is located just outside of Boston, the unofficial iced coffee capital of the world. There is no temperature too cold for an iced coffee in Boston.

    12 degrees? That just keeps it iced longer.

    For those who love iced coffee but want the next best thing, there’s cold brew coffee. There is no ice to water it down, it's less acidic, it’s more caffeinated. But it wasn’t always easy to make, something Max Feber learned the hard way in his kitchen as a high school sophomore. So he created BRUW to make making cold brew easier and cleaner.

     

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  • Meet The Maker Sheila Kemper of Livliga

     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 Sheila Kemper Dietrich. Sheila's family had struggled with their weight for years. As the former executive director of Denver’s American Heart Association, she knew how important it was to stop super-sizing and start right-sizing their meals. So, she designed portion control plates to guide them and founded Livliga. 

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    It all started with my favorite measuring cups. I wanted to figure out a way to help me measure my food and see what specific serving sizes looked like as I served up and ate a meal. I wanted to see how I could create a design that would be attractive, subtle, yet exacting, so it would reflect the measurements from that measuring cup.

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    Walking. Fiddling. Talking. You have to give ideas room to grow and for problems to be solved. Sometimes that means taking a long walk to clear the brain and reboot. Other times I find, just like with solving a puzzle with puzzle pieces, it takes fiddling with a design from a variety of angles until the solution pops out. I am also someone who believes more brains make for better solutions so I enjoy sharing and talking things through until that creative block evaporates. Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker: Rene and Simone Xavier of Sigma Beauty

    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 kicking off 2018 by catching up with Simone Xavier of Sigma Beauty. Simone, along with her husband Rene, with backgrounds in civil engineering and molecular biology, teamed up to identify an urgent need and design a solution. And the result is an innovative way to clean your makeup brushes–a makeup brush cleaning glove. Hear more about what it's like behind the scenes of Sigma Beauty.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?
    The most surprising aspect of starting Sigma Beauty was the way our love for engineering and science has helped our customers solve beauty problems. Being different and developing outside-the-box solutions has been our most valuable asset and helped us build a devoted fan base that’s as hooked on innovation as we are.

    What advice would you have given yourselves 10 years ago?
    Get organized and be ready to grow fast. Stay true to your core values. Remain committed to excellence and innovation, and it will pay off. Quality is a universal language spoken by customers around the globe.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    Where do you find design inspiration for new products?
    Our product design inspiration is heavily influenced by our customers’ needs and our engineering and scientific backgrounds. We listen to their problems and work hard to provide them with a smart solution. We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes and often find that our own needs are a very good predictor of products that will be useful to them. We pay close attention to industry trends and try to be ahead of the curve, introducing products that will address the trends in a distinct and unexpected way.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What is the most challenging aspect of starting a business?
    When a business grows relatively fast, building the perfect team might be considered a challenge–one that is passionate about the brand, and is as committed to its success as we are. We have been very lucky to be able to build a dream team at Sigma. 2019 marks our 10 year anniversary, and there were challenges throughout our growth process, but these challenges were always solved by professionalism and commitment from our great team.

    In this Meet the Maker interview, meet the husband and wife team behind Sigma Beauty.

    What is the best advice you've ever received?
    Invest in quality and success will come. This has been a core value for our company. We do not launch a product unless we believe it is the best it can be for our customers. Our commitment to providing our customer with high quality product is at the center of every decision we make. Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker: Michelle Silberman of ChocAmo

    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 Michelle Silberman from ChocAmo. Back in the 7th grade, Michelle  and her best friend had the idea to combine milk and cookies in one treat—cookie cups. Flash forward to today, and Michelle’s chocolate chip childhood dream is a tasty reality thanks to her college entrepreneurship course. Learn more about her journey below.

    Meet the Maker of ChoAmo

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    I've always been a lover of two things–family and incredible food. What started as a project in an Entrepreneurship Class at Drexel University has turned into a delicious obsession of sourcing the best ingredients and brainstorming infinite ways to bring THE perfect Cookie Cup to anyone and everyone who is a fan of the all-time classic snack of cookies and milk. Sound deliciously amazing? It is…worth every sip and every delectable bite!

    Coming from a first-generation household, Michelle’s passion for cooking delicious food that brings family and friends together is pure tradition; it's part of her soul. She found that no matter who was sitting at the table, as long as every dish is made with quality ingredients and love…great food has a magical way of bringing people together.

    For me, creating the trade secret Cookie Cup is more than just food innovation, it is a piece of my family merged with my love for inspiring connections, baked together and served up for sweets-lovers everywhere! 

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    We recently began to implement a weekly Cookie Cup Snack Time Brainstorming session with our ChocAmo Family (the team) every Monday at 3:00 p.m. This allows all members of the team to share their perspective and creative solutions while snacking on delicious treats. It is the perfect remedy for even the slightest trace of Monday blues, and allows everyone to build a creative synergy. 
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    What three personality  traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
     Adaptability - The ability to think creatively and adapt to what is happening in the business. This also goes hand in hand with problem solving.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Sarah & Anna of Tactile Craftworks

    How do you commemorate your travels? Photos? Videos? Souvenirs? How about etched journals?

    On this episode, we talk to Sarah Kirkham and Anna Warren the creators of Tactile Craftworks. They handcraft and laser cut journals that pay tribute to your favorite city. American-made for a lifetime in Milwaukee, WI, these products have Anna and Sarah’s fingerprints on them from start to finish. If you’re wondering what incredible chemistry between two founders sounds like, this episode is for you.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Tania Boler of Elvie

    Ever wonder how you exercise a muscle that’s vital to your health but impossible to see? On this episode of the Meet the Maker Podcast, Tania Boler, inventor of Elvie, is going to enlighten us all on how to get kegels of steel and why they're important.

    If you’re on a quest for a stronger core, better sex, postpartum healing, or bladder control, listen as Tania and I dive into the benefits of Elvie, the world's most personal physical trainer.

    Tania is also giving one lucky listener a free Elvie! See below for details.

     

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    WIN your own Elvie! 

    *UPDATE: Our randomly selected winner is Tracy. 

    TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.

    *We will select one random commenter as a winner on 11-19-2017.
    *Winner must have US shipping address.

  • Live Meet the Maker Events at The Grommet Store

    Every day on our site we tell you the story of an innovative product and the brilliant person who made it. We create videos, write blog posts, and record podcasts all in an effort to get you as close to meeting the Maker as possible.

    Now we can really mean it when we say you can meet the Makers behind the products on our site.

    Every weekend in our store at the Natick Mall, our Makers will showcase, demo, and answer questions about their products live and in-person. It's a great way to learn about a product you've had your eye on directly from the person who created it.

    It will be a fun, interactive way to kick off your holiday shopping. As a bonus, the featured Makers' products will be 10% during the event.

    You can RSVP on Facebook and check out the schedule of featured Makers below. Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe

    Meet the Maker Podcast with Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe. On this episode, we talk to Susan about how she came up with the business. Susan Castriota, the Maker of Cuchina Safe, creates glass microwave lids and cooking dishes to help people avoid using plastic when cooking.

    The creation of her products stemmed from her breast cancer diagnosis, which could have been a podcast in itself. It caused her to reevaluate the types of consumer products she used in her life. When she learned of the dangers plastics presented when cooking or microwaving, it led to her business. To hear more about that story and how she has handled growing her business, we talk to Susan herself.

    Meet the Maker Podcast with Susan Castriota of Cuchina Safe. On this episode, we talk to Susan about how she came up with the business.

     

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  • Meet the Maker: Jaeson Plon and Bradd Kern of Sea Bottle

    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 Jaeson Plon, who along with Bradd Kern, created a natural hand wash, Sea Bottle. After Jaeson, a surfer and diver, wanted to inspire us to be kinder to the oceans that sustain us. This feel-good, good-looking soap is beautiful and purposeful enough to become a permanent counter top fixture. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind Sea Bottle and how Jaeson and Bradd brought it to life.

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.
    We wanted to design something beautiful, of course, but also to inspire our customers to learn more about our passion for the ocean and mission to reduce and raise awareness for ocean plastic pollution. The coordinates on the Bottle point to the heart of the pacific gyre, and it's a great conversation starter.

    How do you get around creative blocks?
    We surf straight through them! Ha. No, it's definitely not always easy. But, surfing is actually a great metaphor. Just relax, and the way forward emerges.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Better to have scars than regrets. Also, wear more sun block!  Continue Reading

  • 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

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