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Interview with the Owners (and Sisters!) of The Salvaged Boutique

We had a chance to ask sisters Kathy and Karen of the The Salvaged Boutique some questions about their business, and any advice they had for aspiring shop owners.  Their business caught our eye because not only do they sell antique and upcycled housewares (and our candles), they also run workshops in their store. The combination of retail and creative space got us thinking that these two sisters have something figured out in the world of retail that has become increasingly important - the experience in the store.  Meet these two forward thinkers, female entrepreneurs, and first generation immigrants who share their insights with us below.  What do you think is the number one thing women need, in order to...

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30 Cleveland Bloggers You Should Follow!

Being a Cleveland area company ourselves, we were curious which bloggers were representing our area to the world on Instagram.  So we set out to find some of the most interesting bloggers here in The Land (or the surrounding cities, we weren't too strict with our parameters), and hope you find some new people to follow.  It's easy to dream of far away places and far flung beaches, but these bloggers find hidden corners of North East Ohio and make them shine. The group is full of talented photographers, home DIYers, fashionistas, and moms on the go!  Notice how Tatiana Lebo shoots her portraits, humanizing yet aesthetically pleasing.  Try NOT to fall in love with Makayla of @fashionablykay as she effortlessly...

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What's the big deal with SHOPPING SMALL?

Most of us, make shopping decisions from the standpoint of convenience.  There is a growing movement of people who make those decisions based on ethics, not just convenience.  Those who are ethical vegans will often look for other vegan brands to support, for example.  Another way to shop more ethically is to do a lot of research and find brands that are ethical from an ecological standpoint, or that are made using fair labor standards.   It can all get confusing really fast - not to mention expensive!  Although there is a strong case to be made for quality over quantity, not everyone can afford luxurious eco-friendly products. Enter the small business world. When you buy from a small business owner,...

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