If you have spent any amount of time on Instagram lately, you've probably noticed this trend: macramé is back and it is hot. This isn't your grandma's macramé. The new-to-many art of weaving has returned with a cleaner, more natural look. The brightly colored wall hangings have been replaced with sleek macramé planters, modern wall decor, and stylish jewelry. Here's a quick look at macramé history … [Read more...] about Breakout Design Trend 2019: Mac is Back
Meet Katie Ford. Ever since she was little, this colorful maker always knew she had a creative calling in life - so it's no surprise that her passion for making has become a part of her professional and personal life. Read on to learn how Katie got her start as a maker and how her business, Fiber and Gloss, came to be! Introduce us to you. My name is Katie Ford. I'm the artist and owner of … [Read more...] about Meet the Maker: Katie Ford
The Salvaged Boutique makes home decor accessible with handcrafted finds, friendly service and DIY workshops. Kathy Cruz and her sister, Karen Studd, are co-owners of The Salvaged Boutique, a home decor retailer and creative studio in Lakewood, Ohio. We caught up with Kathy to find out what makes the successful shop tick. What inspired you to start your business? Karen and I grew up really poor, … [Read more...] about Independent Business Spotlight: The Salvaged Boutique
National Craft Month is just around the corner and I want to help you, the retail store owner, prepare for it. We should all look at National Craft Month as a movement. Why? When I ask workshop attendees in my own store what brings them in, many of them say they reserve a spot in our workshops so they can put their phone downs and dedicate some time doing things they love….being … [Read more...] about 10 ways retailers can take advantage of National Craft Month in March
Education is full of lots of acronyms, and one of the most buzzed about abbreviations being used in the last few years is STEAM. That's not a typo! Most everyone is familiar with STEM by now, but STEAM is...uh...catching steam. What do all these letters mean and what what is the difference between STEM and STEAM? Let's find out. What Is the Difference Between STEM and STEAM? STEM is an … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between STEM and STEAM?
Online shopping is convenient, but it doesn’t offer the personal touches of in-store experiences, and brick and mortar retail stores are far from dead. According to Adobe, more than 80% of holiday shopping in 2018 was done in brick and mortar stores. -Independent Retailer. As an independent retail store owner myself, my sister and I know the value we provide when we’re face to face with our … [Read more...] about How to Run an In-Store DIY Workshop