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Made in Queens Gift Ideas

Made in Queens Gift Ideas

The holidays are almost here (how is that possible!?!) and I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide celebrating my fellow small business owners based in Queens! 1. Is there anything more New York than bodega cats? I don't think there is and I love, love, love this print from About A Cloud.  2. This classic NY coffee cup ornament from The Salvaged Sawhorse is the perfect gift for any New Yorker missing their hometown! 3. For the candle lover on your shopping list, Astrid Paper and Home makes absolutely beautiful candles and my favorite is Basic Witch because I am as...


A few questions with....Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks

A few questions with....Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks

Today, I'm chatting with Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks,  who makes the most amazing sculpture; my favorite piece is the "Everything Here Belongs To Me" cat sculpture because, of course, cats! Does the name Small Company Artworks have any special meaning? My small figure sculptures are intended to bring personality and love wherever they go.  My husband actually suggested the name when I was starting out since he said I'm making "a little art to keep people company." It kind of stuck, and now I can't think of it any other way. What inspired you to start your company? As I like...


A few questions with...Beth Schillaci of Inner Child Home

A few questions with...Beth Schillaci of Inner Child Home

This week, I'm chatting with Beth Schillaci of Inner Child Home Fragrance. Her candles are a must-have for anyone that loves candles and wants to experience some truly amazing fragrances. Does the name Inner Child Home have a special meaning?My first business was a web development company, and while I have always been very serious about my work, I like to have fun in the process. I try to live by the Jimmy Buffett line “growing older but not up”. Taking time to play and embrace what it means to be a kid at heart has been very helpful to my...


A Few Questions with....Litva's Jewelry

A Few Questions with....Litva's Jewelry

This week I'm chatting with Sandra Litva Moran of Litva's Jewelry; a designer of eclectic jewelry based in Springfield, Missouri.  Does the name Litva's Jewelry have a special meaning? Litva is my maiden name, I am Croatian-Canadain and it is pronounced "leet-va" I always knew my business would be named "Litva's" no matter what I decided to do! So it was automatic that my jewelry business would be named LITVA'S Jewelry. I am also a hairstylist and my salon name is, of course, LITVA'S Salon :) What inspired you to start your company? Well...I have always been creative, an artist,...


A few questions with....The Pursuit of Cocktails

A few questions with....The Pursuit of Cocktails

Today I'm chatting with Jamie Fowler of The Pursuit of Cocktails, a company that makes some of my very favorite party goods; they are perfect for girls weekends, bachelorette parties, honestly, I think they are perfect for every day!  How did you come up with name, The Pursuit of Cocktails?   I actually came up with the name at 3 am on a sleepless night. I had been deep into the idea of rebranding my current side hustle/business for several weeks and my brain just couldn't take it anymore. I grabbed my phone and started Googling domains and social media handles for all the...