Missing the "American Made" in World Cup Patriotism

The world's attention is on Brazil and the World Cup, but not everyone is focused on the ball. Interpol is closely monitoring flight lists, border crossings, and tickets, looking for criminals who can't resist cheering on their national team. (Jose Diaz Barajas, a suspected Mexican drug trafficker, has already been arrested.) Fashion bloggers around the world agree that, while Italy may not have the best chances for winning the World Cup, their three-piece Dolce & Gabbana suits have already won many hearts. NuBe, too, is fully engrossed in the World Cup and eagerly cheering on the United States, but as a store dedicated to products that are U.S Made and sourced, we can't help but be disappointed by our uniforms.

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June 23, 2014
Hop, Skip, Go Naked.
Hop, Skip, Go Naked is a staple drink on any college campus, which is why we were so excited to find this upgraded version in our favorite cocktail book, Shake. Substitute a local craft vodka (may we suggest Glass Vodka, distilled right here in Seattle) for the cheap stuff we KNOW you were drinking in college and Fremont Brewing Company's Summer Ale for Natural Light and you'll have a drink that satiates even the most discerning palate. 

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June 14, 2014
Confronting the Meaning of Sustainability

As our twitter followers may remember, NuBe Green attended (and live tweeted) the GoGreen conference last month. The conference provided an opportunity for businesses and government officials in Seattle to get together and discuss,debate and educate each other on issues of sustainability and green business practices.

From food production to transportation and building maintenance, the conference’s keynote speakers covered a diverse array of topics, all addressing the need for businesses and governments to commit to making sustainability a priority.

Most of our customers know that NuBe Green's mission is to find unique, hand-crafted products that are U.S made and sourced and sustainable. Sustainability is an integral part of NuBe's identity, but as speaker after speaker used the word, I began to wonder: what does "sustainability" really mean?

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June 01, 2014
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: 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: LIBERTY BOTTLEWORKS
Liberty Bottleworks | Yakima, WA
Nube Artisan Since 2012
U.S. Made, U.S. Sourced, Recycled Materials

Recycled and recyclable, these aluminum BPA-free bottles perform with less dents and greater durability by excellent design.

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May 13, 2013