Photo: Mother Freedom
As millions of consumers around the country frantically search for online coupon codes this Cyber Monday, a small but growing community of locavores have designated the first day back to work after Thanksgiving a different kind of shopping day altogether with the first annual Makers Monday.
Spearheaded by Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola, the Makers Monday campaign is an effort to raise awareness for American-made products and encourage more consumers to pledge to buy Made in USA goods this holiday season, thereby creating more US jobs and bolstering local economies.FULL ENTRY
Hipsters, and the craft movement in general, make for an easy comedic target (see: Portlandia), but this time the mockery literally hits closer to home with a fictional Lydonville, Vermont craft brewery called 7Brothers.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Sweetly Scrapped via Etsy
Just as retailers across America gear up for the earliest holiday shopping push on record, with many consumers opting to shop on Thanksgiving Day rather than host family dinners, Manchester and Worcester are proving that local makers continue to go against the grain, making New England the handmade holiday capital of the country.FULL ENTRY
Boston is becoming a lot more bike-friendly. Newly minted bike lanes are popping up around town, and each day they are filled with more cyclists commuting to work. This summer, bike-sharing service Hubway celebrated two years and one million rides.
While officials work to make Boston safer and easier for bikes, Kathryn Carlson is improving the personal biking experience and hoping to encourage more people to travel via two wheels. Her Buca Boot is a weatherproof, lockable storage bin that mounts to any bike rack, effectively acting like the trunk of a car. We talked with Carlson, an economist by trade, about her Kickstarter campaign, where she got this idea, and just how she manages to bike year-round.FULL ENTRY
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Hey, local makers! Etsy, the mother of maker marketplaces, is hosting a town hall webcast tomorrow, October 1 with CEO Chad Dickerson. Users and sellers can sign up to watch live and ask questions.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Dune Jewelry Design
It's hard to think about anything today other than Game 4 in the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight — and for one local jewelry designer based in Hyde Park, our collective hockey obsession has inspired a new "Black & Gold" collection that's selling like hotcakes.
CHI & Partners/ThirteenIt was only a matter of time before crazy shows like The Dillionaire made it to cable — Or is it? These shows are fakes, thought up for ads for New York's PBS affiliate, Thirteen, to highlight the current state of television. We love us some PBS, and we think Thirteen's subway poster campaign is clever, but we also kind of want to watch Knitting Wars... FULL ENTRY
Mom deserves more than a sad supermarket bouquet. Here's your chance to pick her up something original: students and alumni of Massachusetts College of Art and Design are displaying their craft for the school's annual Spring Sale, starting this Sunday and running all week.
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|