Shop Local :: Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe in Seattle!

If you’re in the Seattle area, you can shop for MarshMueller items at Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe!

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Filed under: “I wish I lived in Seattle so I could go here every single day,” Ada’s was named after Ada Lovelace, who is said to be the very first computer programmer (in the 1800s!). The store not only houses new, used and ebooks, but also doubles as a cafe, co-working space on the second floor, and an event space.

The books lining the shelves of Ada’s will pique the interest of science enthusiasts and nerds alike- ranging from technical electronic manuals, computer guides, kids’ books, science fiction, biographies of scientists, and cookbooks complimenting the cafe and coffee offerings.

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I mean, come on, wouldn’t you want to just buy all the things and stay there forever?!

Danielle, the co-owner was an electrical engineer before opening Ada’s, and the store regularly celebrates women in science and engineering.

Ada’s is definitely on my list to visit the next time I’m in Seattle- I’d better start saving for that shopping trip now!

SHOP LOCAL :: Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe
425 15th Ave E | Seattle, WA
(206)322-1058 | Facebook | Instagram

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Shop Local :: Bellies, Babies, and Bosoms in Montrose, CA!

I love writing about our retail partners, and I especially love it when you go forth and shop local!

You can purchase MarshMueller items at Bellies, Babies, and Bosoms in Montrose, California!

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Laura, the store owner, opened up shop in December 2003 to create a space for mothers to shop, learn, and feel supported by fellow mothers in the community. The store itself is gorgeous, and Laura and the Bellies staff are on a mission to help every mother-to-be and mother feel supported, welcomed, and cared for.

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I’m not kidding- at Bellies, they have on-staff lactation consultants, free prenatal breastfeeding support sessions, hospital grade breastpump rentals and sales, certified nursing bra specialists, a plethora of nursing bras and sizes, plus maternity apparel, and things for your wee one, too!

The community of Montrose is incredibly lucky to have Laura and Bellies, Babies, and Bosoms- wouldn’t it be amazing if every community had a store with this level of service and attention for mothers and mothers-to-be?

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SHOP LOCAL :: Bellies, Babies, Bosoms
2409 Honolulu Avenue | Montrose, CA 91020
818.541.1200 | Facebook | Instagram

 

Geek the Halls :: This Weekend!

In my last show of the year, I’m doing something different and participating in a show I’ve never done before.

And I’m SO stoked to be there!

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That’s right, folks, I’ll be at Geek the Halls this year! It’s makers + geeks = amazingness. I’ve always wanted to do this show, but the timing never worked out. But this year it all worked out.

My friend Sunday of Knitpunk will be there selling her mind-boggingly amazing fiber goods. Seriously, she’s amazing and I want to buy ALL her things.

Like I said, it’s my last show of the season, and we’re creeping up on holiday shipping deadlines, so why not come to the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center and shop in person for some geeky wares?

SHOW :: Geek the Halls
Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17
10am – 5pm both days| DoubleTree Lloyd Center | Portland, OR

Crafty Wonderland :: THIS WEEKEND!

This weekend is my favorite show of the season- Crafty Wonderland!

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Rad art courtesy of Ryan Berkley

It’s two full days of handmade amazingness at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This year, we’ll be in HALL A, not Hall D as in past years. 250+ vendors, crafts, and more!

The show is 11am – 6pm both Saturday and Sunday, December 9 + 10. Friday, December 8 is a preview night, where you can beat the crowds and get first pick on all the handmade items. Buy a ticket (they’ve limited it to 500 people to make the shopping experience less crowded!), and you’ll get first pick and a drink ticket to imbibe in a cocktail and buy handmade items at your leisure Friday night. Click here to get tickets:   https://www.ticketswest.com/events/crafty-wonderland-first-pick-pre-show-party!/94474/

I’ll be in Booth 106, near the entrance and next to Magpie Ethel. 🙂 My fellow Astoria Sunday Market friends Shift and Wheeler Bag Co. will be across the aisle from me, so you’ll not only be supporting your local economy, you’ll be supporting your fellow coastal Oregonians, too!

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See you there!

SHOW :: Crafty Wonderland
Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 10
11am – 6pm | Oregon Convention Center
Special First Pick Preview Party Friday evening- click here for tickets

THIS WEEKEND:: Seaside Artisan Fair

If you’re in the North Oregon Coast area for Thanksgiving weekend, get your holiday shopping on and not only buy local, but buy handmade at the Seaside Artisan Fair!

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If you can’t make it this weekend, come see us in Portland and Long Beach, WA!

There will be door prize drawings, a Home Depot kids workshop, and Santa will make an appearance!

Hours of Show::
Friday :: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday :: 10am – 5pm
Sunday :: 10am – 3pm

Friday: Santa visits from 2 – 4pm
Parade of Lights on Broadway at 7pm
Saturday: Santa visits from Noon-2pm
Sunday: Home Depot workshop 10am – 3pm
Santa visits from 10am – 3pm

We hope to see you there! This is our first show of the holiday season, so we’ll have ample stock of items perfect for gifting, such as our spool ornaments and coffee cup sleeves!

 

Shop Local :: Raine and Riley’s in Brooklyn, NY!

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We are so excited to tell you if you’re in the Brooklyn, New York area, you can shop for MarshMueller items at Raine and Riley’s!

This store recently moved to a new location, and the owner, Sarah, is incredibly nice and has an amazing eye for merchandising. Check out the window they did in September (it’s like a scavenger hunt! Can you spot the MarshMueller Space Explorers bib?):

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image courtesy of @raineandrileys Instagram

Raine and Riley’s offers a selection of apparel for everyday, fancy party clothes, costume items, and many shoes and accessories.

“We are strong believers in the fact that spit happens and are so excited to expand our collection of uh-oh gear by selling MarshMueller’s absolutely adorable bibs. As Raine and Riley’s nears our third birthday (we’re almost toddlers!), we aim to celebrate designers who create clothing items and accessories with fun in mind,” said Sarah, Owner of Raine and Riley’s.

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image courtesy of Sarah of Raine and Riley’s

We are so thrilled there are fellow small businesses who know the work it takes to run their own business from the ground up, and it’s one of the many reasons we love to celebrate and feature these stores on our blog!

So whether you’re looking to have the most stylish baby at mommy and me, or have the most fashion-forward tween in town, you’ll find it at Raine and Riley’s in Brooklyn!

SHOP LOCAL :: Raine and Riley’s
9002 3rd Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11209 | 347.497.3450
Facebook | Instagram

Shop Update :: Wisteria Chic in Manzanita

One of our most resilient retail partners, Wisteria Chic in Manzanita, could literally write a book on facing challenges in life and business and how to remain amazingly poised.

Debra, aka Debbie, made her first order with MarshMueller last fall and ended up having to push out the order by a few weeks. No big deal, life happens, right?

Well, she had a pretty good reason.

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A tornado (yes, you read that right), blew through the small Oregon coast town and hit her shop.

So what did Debbie do? Did she close up shop? Did she wallow in despair (it’s probably what I would have done).

No. She assessed the damage (thankfully most of her inventory was spared), found a temporary location, and opened back up within TWO WEEKS. I know. She’s amazing.

You can read more about it here.

Fast-forward to May 2017, and the store has been completely rebuilt and Debbie was getting ready to re-open back in her previous location.

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ABOVE: Debra, aka Debbie, of Wisteria Chic

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Debbie not only is a master merchandiser, buyer, and shop owner, but also faced her store being destroyed just before a tough time in retail for the coast. In the same year, she also experienced loss in her family, was diagnosed with breast cancer and BEAT breast cancer! Debbie would get up at 4am, every weekday, make the two hour drive into Portland for breast cancer treatment. Then she would drive two hours back home. She did this all summer. Now, scans say the cancer is gone, and we all hope it stays gone.

So go check out this amazing store and if you see the amazing Debbie, tell her I said hi (and be sure to buy something- there’s so much good stuff she has in stock!).

SHOP LOCAL ::
Wisteria Chic | 387 Laneda Ave, Unit B |Manzanita, OR 97130
503.368.3870 | Facebook

Celebrating Six Years!

This week marks our sixth year in business!

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We are so thankful that our little business that could has reached another year of making rad, practical accessories for you and your little ones.

And we have you to thank- without amazing people like you who buy our handmade items online, see us in person at craft shows, or shops locally at an independent brick and mortar in your area, we would not be here.

We’d like to know more about what we can improve and what else we can help with, so we created a quick and (relatively) painless survey, and you can enter to win a $25 gift card to marshmueller.com!

Take the survey here: https://marshmueller.typeform.com/to/h0ZYmV

Thank you for six incredible years!!

 

Shop Local :: Gifted in Jackson, CA!

I’m featuring a new stockist and I have the best story about them!

First things first: sometimes I pitch my line to stores. They don’t always find me- and it’s totally understandable, so I need to find them! Owning a store or being the buyer for a busy large brick and mortar means you not only wear all the hats of a creative entrepreneur, you wear the hats that come with running a store.

So I try to make it a little easier by sourcing shops where my line may be a good fit.

Gifted, in Jackson, California followed me on Instagram, and I naturally followed back. I have a system where I send a postcard and email followup to potential stores, and I sent Gifted a postcard in April, and Jeannette, the owner of Gifted, replied back right away. Mid-summer was going to be a better time for her to buy, so I told her I’d follow up then. I LOVE when store owners give me some insight into their open-to-buy (an open-to-buy is basically a budget that tells buyers when they’ve got budget to buy goods again). Being a former buyer, I understand this challenge, so I always appreciate store owners and buyers being up front with me.

Fast-forward to later in April, and I’m teaching my class on Gamaguchi Clutches at Craftcation in Ventura, California, and you would never believe who is a student in my class:

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None other than Jeannette! It was such a pleasant surprise. It was so good to meet her in person, laugh together (she is hilarious), and craft together. She even complimented my approach to stores, which was the ultimate compliment.

About mid-summer Jeannette was ready to put an order together, and now the MarshMueller line is in stock at Gifted!

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Here’s more about Jeannette and Gifted:

Owned by a mother-daughter team, Gifted strives to create a store featuring locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. Terry Scott and Jeannette McDonald believe that tomorrow’s heirlooms are being made in our own backyards, studios, and garages (seriously, that gives me all the feels).

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They overhauled a space on the ground floor of a three-story Odd Fellows building in 2011 in Jackson, California, and continue to seek out new artisans and American-made product to feature at the shop.

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Many times if a store isn’t geographically close, I may never meet the owner/buyer, and it was SO amazing to actually meet Jeannette in person (at Craftcation, of all places!).

So if you’re in the Jackson, California, area, be sure to shop local at Gifted (and tell Jeannette hi for me!).

SHOP LOCAL ::
Gifted | 8 Main Street | Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-1558 | Instagram | Facebook

Pop-Up Shop at Astoria Vintage Hardware!

I am over the moon excited to be part of Astoria Vintage Hardware’s pop-up series!

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Astoria Vintage Hardware is one of my absolute favorite places to shop in Astoria. Part art form and part conscientious salvage, Astoria Vintage Hardware brings our community an exhilarating shopping experience for home furnishings, couture upholstery, and findings for the home that are truly unique and literally one of a kind.

Paul Tuter and Becky Johnson, the owners, met at a flea market. Their talents as a furniture builder and upholsterer respectively combined to form Astoria Vintage Hardware.

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Not only do they value enhancing our community with their business, they continue to support other small businesses in our area by offering a part of their retail space as a pop-up opportunity! Naturally, when they began selecting and scheduling businesses for pop-ups, I jumped right on it!

The pop-up runs from Saturday, October 14 to Wednesday, November 8. I’ll be there for a meet-and-greet from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, October 14!

Pop-Up Shop :: MarshMueller + Astoria Vintage Hardware
1162 Marine Drive | Astoria, OR | 503.325.1313
Pop-Up Dates: Saturday, October 14 – Wednesday, November 8
Meet and Greet :: Saturday, October 14, 5-8pm

RSVP on our Facebook Event here: http://bit.ly/m2popupshop