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!
So, many of you know I’ve been recording our own podcasts for a few weeks (months?) now, but where did that idea come from? Why did I start doing a podcast? The inspiration came from quite a few places, one of the powerful ones being the Scratch Entrepreneur podcast put on by my insurance agents, and … More Tales from a Shopkeep: Shine & Scratch Entrepreneur
Last fall, four of us sat around a table and discussed the future of the spring BHM show. Gather had moved out of Fountain Square Mall, which meant, it didn’t make logical sense to host the spring show in that location any longer. To be honest, FSM was never the BEST place for a spring … More Tales from a Shopkeep : BHM Wrap-Up
Oh boy, this season has hit us like a mack truck, and there’s really no looking back! Where to start, where to start?! Let’s begin . . . at the beginning. Our NINTH annual Bloomington Handmade Market was just a few weeks ago, Nov 11, at the Monroe Convention Center. I can’t say enough positive … More Tales from a Shopkeep: BHM recap
This week was long. I’ve been looking forward to my lazy Sunday all week. It’s the one day of the week I set aside for rest and relaxation. I do a little work if I feel like it. Binge watch Netflix if I feel like it. Spend time outside if I feel like it. Whatever … More Love Living Local: Lazy Day in Bloomington
Boy, that holiday season sure knows how to sneak up on you, eh? It all begins with the Bloomington Handmade Market – every year. And this year was no different. This year BHM had a stellar cast of characters! Reviews from shoppers tell us, our best yet. Which is just delightful to hear. It was … More Tales from a Shopkeep
So, yeah, I cheated. I back-dated that last post and wrote it earlier today (shh, don’t tell) so that chronologically, when I look back on this in three years and think to myself, “Wha…?!” I’ll go, oh right, you were insane that weekend, but wanted to pretend like everything was perfect! Haha! Just kidding. I’ve … More Tales from a Shopkeep (part 2)
Another week, another blog post. I’ll be honest – I don’t (feel like I) have much to write about this Sunday. Our week went by pretty uneventfully. The weather was interesting (rain, wind, more rain, more wind), the ebb and flow of the shoppe continued in its spring haze, and then the weekend came. With … More Tales from a Shopkeep