Saturday, June 27, 2009

Opening Etsy Day at Fulton Street Artisan's Market

I love going to the local Farmer's Market, so much fresh produce, so many choices... I always bring home more than I bargained for. I'm lucky to live in an area where the Farmer's Market has been around since the early 1900's and where you can find anything from grass fed beef to organic veggies of all sorts.

Now, local Artisans are taking their que from the tried and true market format and since 2003 have established our very own Fulton Street Artisan's Market. Since the farmers are absent on Sundays, we've taken over! Thanks to the ingenuity of a few founding members, the Artisan's Market, or FSAM for short has really taken off. This year Etsy Artists kicked off opening day on June 14 to a resounding start. We filled 60 plus stalls with bath and beauty, carved wood items, clothing, accessories, and of course, jewelry, and too many other creations to mention.

If you are a Grand Rapids local, you can enjoy the market every Sunday from 11-3 through September. Often, local musicians provide entertainment and local restaurants delight us with delicious smells and fare. Did you notice my constant repitition of the word "local"? Now more than ever, people are enjoying and reaping the benefits of keeping money in the local economy. Not only will you eat fresher, but buy fresher too!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fresh Friday

In honor of the gorgeous weather we are having here, I've updated my shop with a few new summer items. Whether you prefer feminine and girly, or bold and chunky, I hope you will enjoy viewing! And then, get outside and bask in the sun!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wonderful Wednesday #4 The Ultimate Father's Day Gift

I dare you to top this one! I think my Dad would die of embarrassment if I ever sent him flowers. That is the whole idea behind
Why not a mug chock full of tasty jerky varieties?
This company was founded in my hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan and you can read the interview with Cindi Lou a little further.

Interview with the Owner and Inspiration behind

What was your inspiration behind the idea?

Honestly, I needed a gift for my boyfriend at that time. I couldn't see spending the money on flowers he would be humiliated to get in the first place. So, I went to the store, bought some grocery type jerky, and a mug. Bingo, the BeefJerkybouquet was born.

What is your best seller?

The Chug-it by far. It's almost four to one compared to the Sip-it or Meat Float bouquets.

What kind of feedback have you had from clients?

We just happened to have a feedback page. What better reason to go to the website, aye?

How has your business grown - or what do you do to market yourself?

We have increased steadily over the past three years. My marketing currently consists of Facebook advertising, a lot of Blogging, and Social marketing.

What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

Be patient. Nothing happens overnight. Also, never slack off. If you feel yourself not putting in 100% force yourself to do 120%.