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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...


Welcome to the Callio Family!

Welcome to the Callio Family!

This week, I'm so excited to announce our fragrances are now available at Basil Rose Boutique! Located in Newtown, CT at 71 S Main Street, Basil Rose Boutique is owned by Amy Polinsky. It showcases clothing, accessories, home goods, and beauty products; the perfect mix of everything you need! If you are in the area, please support this amazing little shop! Until next time! xo. Melissa


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... Gourmande Girls Beauty

A few questions with... Gourmande Girls Beauty

Today I'm chatting with Christina Martin, the founder of Gourmande Girls Beauty, one of my new favorite cosmetic lines. I am absolutely in love with their Bare Caramel Creamy Lipstick and their blushes are next on my list. Does the name Gourmande Girls Beauty have a special meaning? Gourmand is a French word that, when translated loosely into English, means "greedy". I can't get enough of makeup, and most of the women I know who consider themselves to be makeup junkies are the same as I am - we can't get enough. We're greedy girls. I'm a linguist, and I've always had a...