Ruth's Stream of Consciousness: Piloting a Local Business in an E-Commerce World

I've been thinking a lot about the growing success of e-commerce and its effect on our local businesses. What would happen to the neighborhood I grew up in if our dependable grocery store of 60 years (which I've been frequenting for the past 51) went out of business? I personally know that many residents here would be devastated. I depend on them for that last minute cilantro I forgot to grab at Whole Foods, or that load of Ice Cream my stoned sister is craving.

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March 24, 2014
WORKSHOP VISIT: GOODS FROM THE HOODS

Goods from the Hoods | Seattle, WA
NuBe Artisan Since 2009
U.S. Made, U.S. Sourced, Recycled or Repurposed Material, Made by Hand.

T.C. and Joel are probably the coolest craftsmen in Seattle. They make furniture and and kitchen goods from lath boards. Lath board is a thin strip of wood used behind walls in older homes.

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January 23, 2014
WORKSHOP VISIT: graypants

graypants | Seattle, WA
NuBe Artisan Since 2009
U.S. Made, U.S. Sourced, Recycled or Repurposed Material, Made by Hand.

Most Seattleites have heard of graypants. Their hanging, corrugated cardboard scraplights have earned them a fabulous reputation over the past few years. When we headed down to visit their studio, however, I discovered graypants is much more than a hip lighting company.

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December 11, 2013
WORKSHOP VISIT: METAMORPHIC GEAR
Metamorphic Gear | Seattle, WA
NuBe Artisan Since 2013
U.S. Made, U.S. Sourced, Recycled or Repurposed Materials, Made by Hand, Green for Good.

Metamorphic Gear constructs bags from repurposed truck tarpaulin, climbing rope, and sail material. We here at NuBe are huge fans!

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October 23, 2013
SEATTLE'S NEW SHOWROOMS

January 19, 2013
We're proud to be listed in this NY Times Travel feature with Our Friends & Neighbors i
n the Pike/Pine corridor as key fixtures of our Capitol Hill neighborhood, re-invigorating the old showrooms of Seattle's past into local hotbeds of art and culture! 

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February 16, 2013