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Scott Ballum | March 9, 2010
Emily Green moved to Lima, Peru in August 2008 to start a business, without a real idea of what it was going to be or how it was all going to work out.
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Maggie Feuchter | March 8, 2010
When I'm lucky enough make a trip back home to San Francisco, I try to indulge in childhood nostalgia as much as possible. Quite often that involves some sort of food.
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Maggie Feuchter | February 22, 2010
After spending the week ogling the reviews and pictures from New York Fashion Week's events and runways, I'm left mesmerized by how many of these creations have so much value in their artistry and craftsmanship, but the possibility of me obtaining something of this caliber is unlikely in this lifetime, if for no other reason than cost. But, a more useful - and still stylish - dress is available, yet not for sale, at least in the traditional sense, from OurGoods, which is an experimental endeavor in artists' networking and bartering.
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Contributing Writer | February 3, 2010
A Special Announcement from the American Independent Buisiness Alliance: Locally-owned independent businesses outperform average retailer sales during 2009 holidays. Those with active Buy Local campaigns fared best. More holiday shoppers deliberately sought out locally owned businesses this year, according to a national survey of more than 1,800 independent businesses. (Read the full announcement here)
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Kate Bryant | January 19, 2010
After being resurrected from its ashes, Nau hesitated to make the same mistakes again—letting ambition take the reigns before the brand had legs enough to stand on. But opening up a one-month pop-up shop in New York City's Soho neighborhood proved a great way to test the market and expose local clientele to the brand without the risk of long-term investment.
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| December 28, 2009
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) proposes a set of new rules that builds community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics. The rules call for: Decisions made by those impactedCommunities accepting responsibility for the welfare of their members and the next generation Households and communities possessing or owning sufficient productive capacity to generate real wealth
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Scott Ballum | December 10, 2009
Giorgio Armani tried to kill Fabrice Penot. At least, it seems his business almost did. A perfume designer, Fabrice worked for years on the House of Armani brand. But even though he was brought in to run the fragrance division, he was constantly called to answer to the financial and marketing departments, who demanded a justification—a real world example of how and where a particular concept has worked for someone else—for every idea he tried to pursue. Demonstrating tested marketplace success before acting is the opposite of innovation, and nearly drove Fabrice Penot mad.
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Kate Bryant | December 7, 2009
In this age of online shopping and payWave readers, paying with paper currency seems a bit anachronistic. Who has the time to visit a physical store, "fumble for cash" (as Visa phrases it) and count every individual bill one by one? Especially when credit and debit cards provide the luxury of convenience and the illusion of endless funds.And yet, paying in cash provides a crisp finality to a transaction that plastic never will. You're left knowing exactly how much remains in your wallet and merchants pocket what would otherwise be credit card service fees.
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Maggie Feuchter | November 30, 2009
If turkey leftovers are in the fridge, Santa has ridden past Macy's, and your pants are fitting a bit more snugly then they were this time last week, you know for sure that the holidays - and the accompanying season of shopping - have officially arrived.
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Scott Ballum | November 17, 2009
My partner and I have an ongoing debate about identity, and the possibility of being aware enough of how we’ve constructed our own identity to be able to change it. This gets particularly messy when we talk (oh so calmly) about “types” and what it means to be a member of a group or to identify as certain sort of person. He thinks it’s as impossible for us to stop being a “type” as it is for a table to stop being a table, or something like that.