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Boston Small Business Meet Up: Design Salon {12.11.07}

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve replied to over the past few years asking me if I know of any small business meet ups in Boston for women. I’ve heard of a few initiatives, but nothing has made much progress because either group leaders kept canceling, or the attendees weren’t getting much out of the meet ups and decided to drop out. I mean, it’s nice to connect, but what good does this do long term if people don’t have something more regular to look forward to keep them fueled and on track? And topics. It’s not enough to show up and exchange business cards. You need a topic so real voices can rise up and be heard, advice can be thrown around the table, and ideas can churn.

Boston Design Salon was founded by Boston cermacist, Jill Rosenwald.

Many have asked me to start a group either in New Hampshire or Boston, but with my schedule, I can’t do it on a regular basis. And I’ve always felt bad about this. But it seems now I don’t have to worry because business ladies now have a home – a flock – and it’s called the Boston Design Salon.

History: A while ago a group of lady designers in Boston started meeting together once a month to share business stories, tips, network and drink wine. Calling themselves the Boston Design Salon, the group was formed by local ceramist Jill Rosenwald. Their goal for 2008 is to continue meeting monthly, grow out the group, and have a topic or guest speaker/s for each meeting.

The next Design Salon meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11th @ 7:00 pm and the guest speaker will be Jill Shah of SoLUXE who will cover Network Marketing. The event will be hosted by Kelly Smith Harris of Etcetera Media at The Pink Comma Gallery. The location is 81B Wareham Street and it’s on the block between Harrison and Albany in the South End. Please call 617.833.0330 if you need directions.

Details: 12/11 Agenda: Network Marketing. Network Marketing is a sales model that has been around the block, but is seeing new life as modern day shoppers seek to find shopping venues (and products) outside of traditional retailers and etc. Jill Shah will facilitate a discussion on her latest business venture, SoLUXE, which is a network marketing retailer that sells personalized and custom paper and home goods through a national network of independent sales consultants. Topics include: What is Network Marketing?, The Business Model, Product Fit, Recruiting and maintaining a sales force, Creating Momentum, and Building a Network Marketing Business: Financing, Marketing, Growth. And cookies. Did I mention cookies?

In addition and in the spirit of the holidays, they’ll also have THE FIRST ANNUAL DESIGN SALON COOKIE EXCHANGE! Instructions for the exchange: Bring 1-3 dozen of your favorite holiday treats. We’ll set them all out, eat them and then go home with 1-2 dozen.

There’s no fee to attend, and I know for a fact that these ladies would welcome newbies with open arms because they asked me to spread the word on decor8 if it’s something I’d support – and I do – so I’m spreading the love. Just bring your business card and some cookies. That sounds easy enough, right?

Ladies can RSVP to Jill Rosenweld: mcrae2 AT aol DOT com.

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Posted in reader discounts, shopping, small business, travel on December 06, 2007
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SoWa Holiday Market {This Weekend!}

If you live in the area and do not have plans to attend the SoWa Holiday Market this weekend, well kids I’m here to change your mind. The event promises to be a great one with indie artisians galore, yummy foods, and a festive atmosphere and let me tell you… As winter approaches (we already have snow), I can’t think of anything better to do than to shop indoors for handmade products.

Being a girl who has spent many a winter in Germany, seeing winter-y events pop up in Boston excites me because in Germany, weather doesn’t stop anyone from having a good time – it’s one festival after another. And sure it’s cold and blah blah blah but it’s also a lot of fun to grab a coffee, walk in the snow, and escape the frosty air indoors at a beautiful market like this one. I really enjoy shopping online but for me, there’s nothing quite like a little human contact and wintertime in the northeast can be long and depressing if you don’t get out and meet the locals. So if I haven’t convinced you to attend yet, then you may want to take a look at the vendor profiles here – lots of unique items, most of whom I’ve never heard of, like My Sunset Road, Bumble Belly Designs, Swirly Designs, Happy Art Studio, Minka Jewelry, Sew Cuties, and Curly Girl Design who plans to open a local storefront in Belmont on December 15th called Marmalade. We need more stores in Boston, so congrats Curly Girl Design.

Motley Home will have a booth too! I hope they
bring along some of their Jonathan Adler pottery, it’s hard to
find in Boston and they have the largest collection.

The SoWa market kicks off on Saturday morning and runs all day from 10-8 and again on Sunday from 10-6. And if you can’t make Saturday but want to join the fun on Sunday, then you’re in for a treat because the Bazaar Bizarre will be in town on Sunday (another awesome event) and it’s within walking distance of the market so you can hit them both. I’m excited they are both happening on the same weekend, more goods to look at, more indie artists to support, more more more! And since I support the independent arts, decor8 is also a sponsor! Yeah!

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston. Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 and 540 Harrison Ave. Directions here.

Have fun!

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Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on December 06, 2007

decor8 Discount: Purl Save 10%

Still looking for more drop dead gorgeous fabrics for decorating your home? No problem. Our friends at Purl have stopped by to offer decor8 readers a 10% discount valid until 12.13.07. Fill your shopping cart and enter decor (no 8) when you check out to receive your insta-savings! Thank you so much Purl – we love ya!

Looking for inspiration? Examples of Purl textiles in use here at Oh Joy!

(images from purl soho)

Posted in discounts, textiles on December 05, 2007

decor8 Discount: Contemporary Cloth Save 25%

All you sewers out there will *heart* this offer from Contemporary Cloth. But first let me start by stating how typing out that word, sewer, sends chills right through my body because it looks on paper like the same word that has to do with a conduit carrying off waste products. I’d like to skip using the word altogether and go with seamstress, but since most of you aren’t making your living through sewing, it wouldn’t be the best choice either. Perhaps I should just address you all as Sew Queens. Yes, much better.

(But really, isn’t sewer such an ugly word on paper?) So for all of you SQ’s out there listen up, if you need fabric for projects this is the best time to scoop up and save big over at Contemporary Cloth. They are offering decor8 readers 25%* off until December 12 simply by entering the code decor8 upon checkout. I’m thrilled because I see lots of things that are so affordable, like Katie Jump Rope, Chocolate Lollipop, Kaffe Fassett, and Henry Road remnant packs to name a few.

By the way, have your ever done a keyword search on Flickr? I’m sure you have, it’s so amazing what you can find sometimes. Try Kaffe Fassett for instance. There are so many out there who use his fabric to create some of the most beautiful things, it’s inspiring to see his patterns used in such creative ways.

*Fiberartist’s works are 10% off, everything else is 25%.

Psst: With every order placed, Contemporary Cloth donates 1% of their net sales to St. Herman’s House of Hospitality.

(images from contemporary cloth)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, discounts, textiles on December 05, 2007

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