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Our Grand Opening is finally here!

I must say, I am excited, anxious, and a bit exhausted all rolled into one. The last month and half has been crazy busy—a trip to Ohio, a family camping trip, a trip to Portland for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party (and her anniversary), and a trip to celebrate my mother’s birthday and to pick up a new puppy. Then, add in a move from our warehouse to our store front, gathering props &a... »

Crumbling American Dreams

Timing is a funny thing—I just read this piece entitled Crumbling American Dreams via the NY Times blog by Robert D. Putnam, since my family spent the last week in Ohio, visiting the friends that we made while living there for almost six years. The featured town (Port Clinton) is like many other towns in Ohio and throughout our country. This is a story about opportunity, and then lack of opportu... »

Wal-Mart’s $50B Initiative of Made in the USA

Wal-Mart’s $50B Initiative of Made in the USA

Have you heard that Wal-Mart has an initiative to increase its sourcing of USA made goods by $50B over the next 10 years? If fully implemented, this could create 100,000 jobs. The idea that Wal-mart is changing its direction is great! I spoke with a colleague recently that another major retailer is looking to add a “Made in the USA” shop, now that it’s becoming a “trend”. All of this is... »

The Childcare Conundrum

The Childcare Conundrum

Can’t my baby watch herself? Of course I know this is a ridiculous notion, but my husband and I have joked about it before. Here’s why: childcare is one of the only situations we’ve run into with a zero-sum solution for our household. While I want to be a great mother, (call me crazy) I also WANT to work, which means we need to have someone to care for our daughter. Expense First of all, the... »

How To for Small Business: Implement a Private Label Program

How To for Small Business: Implement a Private Label Program

Major retailers have been using private label to their advantage for years. A private label product is one that is manufactured or provided by a supplier and labeled with another name or brand. For a retailer, it gives them the opportunity to have product created according to their specifications, create differentiation from its competitors, and reduce costs, among other things. There is no reason... »

The Top 5 Ways “Saving” Money Costs Consumers

The Top 5 Ways “Saving” Money Costs Consumers

With the struggling economy, almost everyone has less money in their wallet than they used to. Consumers are trying to pay down debt, trying to recover from home value losses, and now trying to pay off escalating student debt. Every company seems to be pushing ways the consumer can “save” money, through coupons, deals, and financing options to get them to spend. Here are 5 examples of ways con... »

Increasing Your Power Currency: How Women Climb the Ladder Naturally!

I’m really excited to share the article that I wrote for the Idaho Women’s Journal with you!   Since many of you won’t have access to the printed version because you live outside of our geographic region, I thought I’d share it here! Increasing Your Power Currency: How Women Climb the Ladder Naturally!  Imagine that woman who shot up the proverbial corporate ladder in... »

Tips for supporting local and USA-made for Father’s Day

We created a press release to share our tips, but realized we should share them with our loyal friends (you!), too. Here’s the press release details: Father’s Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries around the world, but the holiday originated in the USA—Spokane, Wash., to be precise—by a teenage girl who was being raised by her widower father. She believed fathers deserved the sam... »

The Third Metric and Leaning in

I love that my husband just told me about this interview he just saw–Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski of “Morning Joe” are interviewed and share their thoughts on women’s health, specifically as it relates to leaning in. These women say that sometimes we have to take a step back and focus on our health and well being as part of our overall plan to be healthy, happy, a... »

Devaluing the American Crafts Person

Devaluing the American Crafts Person

One of the many challenges with the current consumer mentality of buying from (read: supporting) major retailers is that we have stopped truly valuing important attributes like originality and creativity, and we have traded those in by valuing cheap prices, expensive marketing campaigns, and selecting from stack-outs or end-caps of the exact same items. What most Americans don’t understand is th... »

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