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