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    Trend Report: Back to School Fall 2015

    According to Market Watch, “30% of shoppers plan to wait till 1 or 2 weeks before school starts to start shopping.” But judging by the currently overstocked shelves at many stores, they may even be waiting until just before—and after—the bell rings to buy. Whether these customers are shopping for the first time this school…

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    Live in Color with Pencil Shavings Studio

      Rachel Shingleton isn’t just a successful, award-winning design blogger; she’s also a well-regarded graphic designer who offers a wealth of perky, vibrant desk accessories, tech goods, and home décor items for sale through her online shop, Pencil Shavings Studio. With products such as iPhone cases, pads and pencils, tabletop trays, decorative pillows, art prints,…

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    Creative Collaboration: FlashPoint Candle

    Candles have been a mainstay in home décor for decades, and come in a dizzying array of colors, scents, and vessels. But while the containers and fragrances may have evolved, the candles themselves haven’t changed much over time. Drea Groeschel, founder of FlashPoint Candle, is on a mission to change that.   Groeschel, a former…

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    The New Bohemian: Lisa Anderson Studio Jewelry

    Mix a bit of Eastern symbolism with retro shapes, color-drenched semiprecious gemstones, and a bit of rock ’n’ roll flair, and you get the handcrafted jewelry designs of Massachusetts-based Lisa Anderson. An avid traveler from an early age, Anderson first became smitten with jewelry while on a trip with her parents to India. She began…

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    Trend Alert: LGBT Wedding Rings

    Ten years ago, if you went to the jewelry section of a store and asked for LGBT wedding rings, you might have been met with a puzzled expression or directed to a selection of novelty rings emblazoned with rainbows. But what a difference a bit of jewelry enlightenment—the legalization of same-sex marriage in several states,…

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    Colette Paperie: Redefining the Greeting Card

    If you’ve ever bemoaned the lack of greeting cards that feel like they have a personal, quirky, irreverent voice, Keli Catalano feels your pain. Through Colette Paperie, she’s been on a mission since 2008 to bring her brand of brightly colored, uproariously funny, tactile greeting cards to mailboxes, cubicles, and gift bags everywhere.   Catalano,…

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    Hold Everything with Esperos Bags & Backpacks

    It’s not often that a line of bags appeals equally to men and women, and goes from the office to the gym, school, the market, and on vacation with equal versatility. Rarer still are bags that are functional and beautiful, and that also give the buyer a chance to do good simply by making a…

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    Amanda Jones: Gifts for Dog Lovers

    For portrait photographer Amanda Jones, the best subjects aren’t tall, leggy, and doe-eyed, but rather short, hairy, toothy, and, well, a bit drooly. After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in cinema and photography and a dream of working for Rolling Stone, Jones realized that being the next Annie Leibovitz-style celebrity photographer required a…

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    Jambanz: Bluetooth Music on the Go

    Lee Killian, a former radio executive with 21 years in the broadcasting business, was at an outdoor party two years ago, and noticed a group of kids sitting together—but none of them were talking. “The adults were all enjoying music on a Bluetooth speaker,” he recalls, “but the kids were wearing headphones or earbuds and…

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    Refugee Beads: Gifts that Give Back

    Refugee Beads’ slogan, “Buy Jewelry. Do Good,” aptly describes the brand’s mission to provide economic opportunities for female refugees in Atlanta through jewelry-making. Purchases from the brand support job creation and youth mentorship efforts for Atlanta-based refugees from the Middle East, India, and Africa. Ruth Ann North founded Refugee Beads in 2009 after moving to…

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