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Our 2020 Charitable Contributions

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Our 2020 Charitable Contributions

At the end of last year, we decided that for 2020 we'd move forward with a different plan for donating to charitable organizations. Up until this point we were donating a percentage of our retail sales to animal rescues, specifically Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids most of the time. But this isn't the only cause we feel passionately about and we really wanted to broaden our donation efforts. After experimenting with a couple of fundraiser soaps for other causes, we found that this was not only easier to keep track of, but it was a more effective way of raising money. So this year, we...

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Fill Your Easter Basket & Support Small Business At The Same Time

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Fill Your Easter Basket & Support Small Business At The Same Time

Easter is only a couple of weeks away, and it doesn't look like Easter egg hunts and family get togethers are going to be wise this year. But that doesn't mean you can't put together a really great Easter basket for your kids! Here are some fabulous products from small businesses that your kids (of all ages) will love. Instead of buying a throw away basket to put all the goodies in, consider a handmade "Bunny Bucket" from Eme Handmade. She's taking custom orders just until the end of March, so hurry if you want one!    A headband or scrunchie from...

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Small Businesses Are Having to Get Creative Over COVID-19

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Small Businesses Are Having to Get Creative Over COVID-19

I won't sugar coat it, I'm starting to freak out a little. You see, 2020 was the first year since starting this business I didn't take a part-time job to supplement my income. January was generous, with checks from the holidays still rolling in and a couple of unexpected wholesale orders; I was feeling very pleased with myself. Fast forward to March and one by one, my stockists are temporarily closing their doors and spring markets are being canceled to prevent the spread of infection. Most years, April kicks off market season with one or two shows who's success depends...

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March is Women's Month - Thank a Woman

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March is Women's Month - Thank a Woman

March is celebrated as Women's Month around the world, and this month is a time to celebrate the influential women in our lives. Not only our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends; but the women who are currently paving the way for other women in a society that is constantly trying to reverse the progress we've made.  So thank you to all the women who have graced the Democratic debate stages with their presence for showing little girls that women can and should run for the highest public office in the country. Thank you to the brave women who testified against Harvey Weinstein to...

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Local Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day

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Local Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day

Cedar Rapidians, if you need a gift idea for your sweetie this Valentine's Day, why not check out some of these local businesses? It's important to shop small on consumerist holidays like this one to put money back into our local economy instead of into the hands of the big box stores and their wealthy owners. So here are some great places to spend your money if you are looking to do so. Analog Vault Cedar Rapids is so lucky to have it's very own independent record store. It's owned by cool people and they offer used, new and local vinyl....

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