It’s that time of year again, and man, has it been a year! I mean . . . for us, at Gather and BHM, the year is just beginning, but we’ve been hearing it over and over again – WHAT A YEAR! *deep breaths* So here we are, year 11 under our belts. Boy does … More Tales from a Shopkeep : BHM 2019
This past weekend we celebrated our fifth anniversary. It kind’ve snuck up on me, as things often do. But, I had planned ahead (as I also often do). I reached out to friends to see if they would join us for the festivities; Jim from BadKneesTs to screenprint t-shirts on the spot, with a special … More Tales from a Shopkeep: on expectations & anniversaries
For me, April came in like a lamb . . . and went out like a lion. No, wait . . . it came in like a lion and stayed there the whole damn time. Let’s be real. (and yes, I know this is supposed to be in reference to March, but I’m off-course a … More Tales from a Shopkeep: on being present
No one is immune to it. We’re all well-versed. Familiar. Burn out. We live in a culture, a society as it were, of being eternally busy. We do it to ourselves, or at least I do. I’m in charge (for the most part) of my own schedule. And I schedule myself out to the nth … More Tales of a Shopkeep: tales of burn-out
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-4yi3w-acc628 Oh what a feeling! Today I sat down with Crystal and Steve from Lemonwood Soap Company (formerly Blue Bubble Soap) and got to chat with them about their origin story, where they are now, and where they are heading! It was super fun to get to play catch up with these two wonderful humans … More Gather Stories with Steve and Crystal from Lemonwood Soap Co.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-m4yg7-a903d7 Last week I got to sit down and chat with a maker from one of my favorite places; Oregon! I met Nick Wheeler a couple of years ago while wearing my Conduit Press hat, at a Philly trade show. Nick was there slinging his own bags to the trade, and I knew, even from … More Gather Stories with Nick Wheeler from Wheeler Bag Co
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-skqki-a72cda Gather Stories returns with a sit-down with my friend Martha Latta from Sunday Afternoon Housewife (and Naplab as well as Handmade Promenade and soon to be Stomping Ground) – she’s clearly a woman after my own heart. Martha and I chat about what it’s like to have a handmade business and a toddler (her … More Gather Stories with Martha Latta from Sunday Afternoon Housewife
We’re off to a great start this new year – we’re pretty excited for what 2019 holds for us, are you!? I mean, sure, the weather hasn’t been great . . . as I sit here in the store, with the rain pouring down, threatening to freeze later this afternoon, but still, we’re glad to … More Tales from a Shopkeep: on the new year and Love
It was brought to my attention last week, by a fellow small business owner, that we were lacking a local holiday gift guide this year for various reasons. So, in a pinch, I reached out to local stores from our group, Bloomington Brick & Mortar, and without further ado, I give you our ALL LOCAL … More Holiday Gift Guide 2018
The year was 2009. I was a stay-at-home mom to an adorable, kissable, cuter than cute bouncing baby boy, and Etsy was in its heyday. Far far away, on the IU campus, three young women started something big – the Bloomington Handmade Market. No one can really tell me who or where the idea first … More here’s to 10 (more) years!