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  • Motivation for a Successful Small Business Saturday

    This is an exciting week. Yes, it’s Thanksgiving, but more importantly, it’s Small Business Saturday—your Super Bowl. Since the day is fast approaching, we’ve got a few motivational words to help make this your best Small Business Saturday ever.

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  • Visit Our Pop-Up Shop in Boston

    You've seen our top Grommets in person by visiting us at trade shows. But if you're in or around Boston during November and December, you get a bonus opportunity to see them at our pop-up shop at 899 Boylston St. (It’s across from the Prudential Center in Back Bay.) You can get an early start on your holiday shopping without waiting for shipping or scout out inventory for 2017.

    See how effective Peeps are at cleaning your glasses. Feel Cactus Scratcher hit that hard-to-reach itch. Take a whiff of Duke Cannon, Walton Wood Farm, and Clear My Head then explore the rest of Boston’s premiere shopping destination.

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    We have Nantucket’s TownPool to thank for setting up this see-it-for-yourself opportunity. They specialize in creating visual shopping experiences and we’re thrilled to be a part of this one.

    See you in Back Bay!

    If you pop in, snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @TheGrommetB2B 

  • Let Us Help You Drive Traffic on Small Business Saturday

    Small Business SaturdayTM (is approaching fast—the 24-hour celebration started by American Express that encourages everyone to shop Main Street and boost their local economy. There’s only one thing this party needs: attendees. That’s where we’d like to help.

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  • Make Your Store Pop with a POP Display

    A customizable Grommet POP display lets you capitalize on The Grommet's reputation for sourcing the latest innovative products from independent Makers within your store. It's an effective way to grab a customer's attention as they love being able to see new products backed by a brand they trust, in person, in their favorite local shop free of shipping charges.

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  • How to Set Your Store Apart This Holiday Season

    Gaining an edge over other shops in your community—that’s a common problem for Retailers. And during the competitive holiday season, the issue only intensifies.

    How do you set yourself apart? How do you make yourself more than just a shop?

    Events are a great way to showcase your shop in a new light. It makes being at your store less about shopping and becomes simply a time to learn and have fun. It also helps you create an emotional connection with shoppers, which should be right up there with revenue on your list of business goals.

    Luckily, many of the products on our site lend themselves to interactive in-store activities.

    Here are just a few.

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  • Maker Spotlight: Anthony Albanese of Duke Cannon

    In our Maker Spotlight series, you hear from the people behind the products on your shelves and how you've helped change their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're chatting with Anthony Albanese, one of Duke Cannon’s Founders. Anthony uses his branding expertise to provide customers with humor and a lasting impact. Duke Cannon offers serious cleanliness, with everything from big ass bricks of soap to offensively large lip balm.

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    What are some hidden values retailers should know about your products? What should they say when speaking with their customers?

    The first thing we advise all our customers to do is take a Big Ass Brick out of its package. Retailers who do this greatly outsell ones that don’t. Consumers will pick it up, smell and touch it, which creates faster engagement which leads to more sales.

    Most of our in-store trials are driven by our fun packaging and novelty products. But the reason our retailers sell out and re-order is high repeat purchasing. That’s driven by premium ingredients, which make Duke Cannon products very functional, the love of the brand, and the discovery to each of our products.

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  • 9 New Additions to The Grommet Wholesale

    The Grommet Wholesale team has been touring the country for the last few weeks at a half dozen trade shows. We have even more on the docket so if you're attending any of the ones we are in the next few months, stop by and say hi. During our travels we have not stopped adding new products to our catalog. Here are a couple handfuls of them.

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    Everyone has struggled to put on a necklace or bracelet at least once. It can be especially difficult for those with arthritis or dexterity issues. The clasp helpers from Fairy Fastener aim to eliminate the struggle entirely. The heart shaped necklace fastener contains a magnet and securely pins with a snap. The bracelet fastener gives the feeling of growing another hand to easily clasp a bracelet without the weird look of actually growing another hand.

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    The most important part of exercise is hydration and with DolfinPack it is always within reach. Made of lightweight, fast drying neoprene, this waterproof hydration pack preserves temperature and adjusts to your body so there’s no bouncing or sliding and you essentially forget your wearing it. Take it from land to sea without skipping a beat.

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    A cooler at a BBQ or tailgate is great for a little while, but when the ice melts your food and drinks are just soaking in freezing cold water, taking them out is a dreaded task. The Cooler Tray provides a drainage system for melting ice keeping it away from what you want kept cold. It adjusts to fit most coolers and holds up to 80 pounds to keep your food and drinks cooler, longer.

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    When you’re painting, you want the paint tape you’re using to, you know, work. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t. With it’s gel polyurethane adhesive, ‘SnotTape gets into microgrooves that regular tape doesn’t to prevent paint from bleeding and seeping. Adjust it without issue and get rewarded with a clean, crisp paint line.

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    Americans are so infatuated with hot dogs it took a Canadian to make a near perfect way to cook them. Slotdog creates crisscross cuts that turn to crispy caramelized grilled hot dogs. The slits allow the hot dog to cook more evenly, prevent bursting, and serve as nooks for condiments to rest in. At your next BBQ, make America proud and cook your dogs with this Canadian revelation.

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    Paddle boarding provides a full body workout but only if you’re near a body of water. That is until Hammerhead brought it to land. Handcrafted in the USA from sturdy birch wood, these standup paddleboards come with extra grip, prevent wipeouts, and allow far sharp, smooth turns. The spherical rubber tip of the adjustable paddle provides steering and braking from all angles.

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    Every guy wants to smell good, but too much cologne is overpowering and spray cologne should be left to Pepe Le Pew. Walton Wood Farm created a solid, natural alternative to the traditional colognes with a light, subtle scent that won’t knock out any one within a five-foot radius. Perfect for travel, it’s alcohol-free and can last up to year. I’m just going to say it; it’s better cologne if you don’t have to spray it.

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    The enjoyment of traveling is always taken down a few notches by the stress of packing, which is why EverythingORGO will be a welcome addition to any traveler’s suitcase. It’s expandable and customizable with pockets and compartments to fit everything you want to orgo. And for those struggling to find counter space, EverythingORGO provides a slice of surface area to work with.

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    The smartest tape measure just got smarter. Combined with the new eSmart app, eTape Bluetooth automatically saves measurements to your phone and exports them to an Excel spreadsheet. No more remembering measurements or writing them down. Soon, we’ll just get watch eTape do the entire process.

  • Maker Spotlight: Mike Mallory of RAD

    In our Maker Spotlight series, you hear from the Makers behind the products on your shelves and how you've helped change their business for the better. Today, we're chatting with Mike Mallory, the Maker of RAD. RAD creates ergonomic massage tools for targeted muscle relief to free up movement and clean up toxins. Mike taps into his experience in engineering, design, and studying the human body to develop RAD's products.

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    From ages four to eight, I wanted to be garbage man. I mean, who doesn't want to ride on the back of a truck the whole day right? After that and until I was a teenager, I wanted to be an orthodontist. Then I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. My background in mogul skiing and mountain biking and subsequent injuries brought me back to study anatomy and therapy very deeply.

    What has been the most rewarding part of business for you?

    We see people at trade shows that run up to us in the booth, and tell me they've been using it for three years continuously, and it's so key to their healthy lifestyle that they literally have one in their backpack or briefcase and pull it out to show me! I love the fact that our products are able to help so many people and make a difference in their lives.

    Do RAD products make a good gift? Who would you gift them too? 

    Yes! Rollers and rounds are great stocking stuffers and we give them to all our friends and family. We always hear back 'you know that roller you gave really helped my wife's shoulder," etc. Everyone needs a strong, healthy, and upright body. It doesn't matter if they're old, young, athletes, disabled. We've got ways to help that are simple and effective.

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    Any advice for our retailers when they receive their RAD order? Where is the best place to position this line in a gift shop?

    It's really key to get the retailers USING the product.  Once that happens, it's all good from there.  RAD Rollers are good countertops and our larger POP's can be placed anywhere.

    What is the best feedback or insight you've received from a retailer? 

    When the retailers use the products and are engaged with them, they work GREAT in retail.  If you use them they WORK! Maybe cliche and not unique, but we have a lot of retailers who simply love the products and share their own stories of how they help personally.

    To learn more about RAD, watch our video here.

  • 10 Gifts to Make His Father's Day

    Dads can be tough to buy for which is why so many resort to the old reliables of ties and golf balls. Dads may say they don't want or need anything, but the reason for that is they don't know what they want or need. Luckily, we do know what they want and need. It's these ten products.

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    Dads, like most, enjoy delicious snacks. If those snacks are 100% organic and gluten-free, even better Holiday Fried Pecans are harvested from orchards in Louisiana and topped with sugar, salt, soy oil before being flash fried to provide a great crunch without all the absorbed oil. Watching the game, waiting for dinner, or just hungry, Dad will always be reaching for this tasty treat.

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    A whiskered dad needs a Whisker Dam, that’s just a fact. The old “I was saving it for later” routine is a lie. They’re not saving pale ale for three hours later, that’s gross. Modeled after ceramic mustache guards from the 18th century, this 100% American made copper guard fits over a pint glass, highball, or mug to keep your upper lip dry.

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  • Let's Connect: Upcoming Trade Show Schedule

    The Grommet Wholesale Team is set to hit the road for the Summer Trade Show circuit, with many more stops mapped out for the summer and fall seasons.  If you're planning to attend one of these shows, be sure to pop in and say hello to our Team (and get your hands on the newest additions to our catalog).

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    June 22-28: Dallas Total Home and Gift Market (World Trade Center, Floor 12, Booth 2401)
    July 12-19: AmericasMart Atlanta Gift and Home Decor Show (Building 3, Floor 2, Booth 900)
    July 24-27: Philadelphia Gift Show (Booth 1531-1533)
    July 20-25: LA Mart (Lobby)
    July 31 - August 3: Las Vegas (Temporary Pavilions 1104)
    August 5-9: Minneapolis Mart (Mart - Booth 706)
    August 12-14: Windy City Gift Show (Booth 1023-1122)
    August 16-18: Independent Garden Centers (Booth 1522) August 20-24: NY Now (NC-1)
    September 18-21: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show (Booth 3053)
    November 2-5: International Gift Exposition in the Smokies - Pigeon Forge (Booth 7620-7621)

     

    Before you hit the road, be sure to review our six tips for successfully conquering any trade show.

    Stay up to date with the happenings at each show by joining The Grommet Wholesale on Facebook.

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