Makers on the Move (Episode 1: July 2017)

If you are reading all of the bad news in the media about how retail is dying, you are probably missing out on the good news that handmade is the new American manufacturing. In case you don't believe me, here is some proof.

Last week, we highlighted products from our members in Indiana, New York, and Connecticut. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you excitement from and Indiana, Louisiana, and Colorado. See anyone you know?

A retail store opening in Indiana

We are celebrating with Kimberly Mullican in La Porte, Indiana, on the launch of the new StoryTime Soap Shoppe retail store! Kimberly offers handmade soap, scrubs, beard oil, lotion, body butter, candles, bath bombs (regular and the bigger mondo size, and mystery, suspense, and romance novels. (StoryTime, get it?)

Her Hearts For Paws line benefits a local pet rescue. Active and retired military enjoy 20% off all products, all the time.

Stop by StoryTime Soap Shoppe at 1402 Lincolnway, Suite 3, La Porte, IN 46350, or visit on Facebook here.

A new logo design in Louisiana

Sandy Engels has been in business for several years. Recently, she decided to kick things up a notch with, among other things, a new logo. Check it out!

Sandy's mission is to empower women to realize their inner and outer strength, one bath at a time.⠀She says that the circular design of the logo represents unity, family, community, and life. The upturned leaves resemble upturned palms, welcoming you as well as helping you. The purple color stands for strength, resilience, courage. Green represents wisdom, balance, and harmony.

Check out The Purple Sage here, and subscribe to be the first to know about the new launch!

An lavender farm dinner in Colorado!

Not only does our member, Cindy Jones at Colorado Aromatics, make fantastic skincare products, but she is also a farmer who harvests some of the plant materials used in her line. She also has a retail store in Longmont, Colorado. Recently, Cindy hosted her first outdoor lavender farm dinner. In collaboration with a local chef, the dinner featured food made with locally sourced ingredients — including some from Cindy's farm. Just look at that table setting!!

Here is a sampling from the menu: Haystack Goat Cheese, Pickled Blackberries, Pistachio & Basil Vinaigrette Dressing, Wood Fired Lamb Cuts, Hyssop, Cherry Balsamic BBQ, Tarragon Carrot Top Pesto, Grilled Baby Bok Choy, Pistachio Cornmeal Cake, Strawberry Lavender Lemonade, and Lemon Balm Water. Is your mouth watering yet?

You can check out more pictures on Cindy's blog at this link. Visit her retail store at 340 Lashley Street, Unit 220, Longmont, CO 80504.

Get to know Cindy and her entrepreneurial story on Indie Business Podcast!

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.