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
V-DAY GIFTS AT NUBE GREEN!

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE >> Nube Green's focus on U.S. and locally-made products means we have many unique gifts for your Valentine's sweetheart. Our "small and special" suppliers are artists and craftspeople who all have a story behind their goods. Here are a few items to spark ideas as you shop for your loved one!

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February 05, 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: ALCHEMY GOODS

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

Can you imagine one million bicycle inner tubes? I can’t either, but after visiting Alchemy Goods I can at least get close to 200,000—and that looked like a million to me! Next year, Alchemy plans to receive 400,000 of used, donated inner tubes to meet their goal of one million.

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November 24, 2013
WORKSHOP VISIT: MATERIAL GOOD
Material Good | Seattle, WA
NuBe Artisan Since 2009
U.S. Made, U.S. Sourced, Made by Hand, Green for Good.

Initiated in order to raise support for cancer research, founder Lauren Burman honors her grandmother Shirley with one-of-a-kind ceramic vases.

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November 18, 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
THE GREAT AMERICAN STORY

Our 2013-2014 Winter Lookbook is bursting at the virtual seams with the best American Made & Sourced goods of the season. Browse 44 pages of shoppable style collections, featuring looks we love to build a green home and wardrobe.

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October 23, 2013
HOLIDAY POP-UP AT U-VILLAGE!
We're popping up at University Village for a second holiday season! This year, find our storefront pop-up in the village's newest row of shops at 45th St and 26th Ave. We'll be in business all of November and December 2013, showing love for our favorite local artists like Alchemy Goods and Little Orange Room...

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October 22, 2013
OUR FAVORITE FIXTURES ON SALE!

One-Day-Sale on Antiques & Fixtures from NuBe Green at Western Bridge!

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August 06, 2013
LA TIMES: REUSE, REMAKE, REFRAIN

Check out this LA Times Article: "Advocates of collective consumerism oppose waste and want you to share your goods or just buy less. On the retailers' end, they are getting creative..."

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July 16, 2013
MADE IN THE USA: THE 30 DAY JOURNEY

"After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore..."


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June 24, 2013
ANNOUNCING OUR NUBE SUMMER MOBILE SHOP AT BELLEVUE CUPCAKE ROYALE!



The news is too good to stay local: U.S. production and hands-on shopping strengthens our communities! This summer, NuBe Green is reducing its footprint with a fresh brick-and-mortar space and taking its mission to the streets in a mobile store.

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June 13, 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
GIMME SHELTER: AMERICAN STORIES IN L.A.'S SHELTER HALF
Check out Shelter Half — a new made-in-America brand collective founded on the principles of conscious commerce, collaboration, and American-made products featuring a curated collection of brands, artists and craftsmen. The idea came from wanting to build a community around products made in America, and there was a desire to do something fun and new,” says Davide Berruto, Environment Furniture CEO and co-founder of Shelter Half. “The spirit is kind of alive and evolving, and it will change with everybody bringing not just merchandise but ideas to the table.”

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April 08, 2013
AROUND THE WORLD

Pure Green Magazine
February 2013
Home styling for the globe-trotter, featuring our own Austrian Army Blanket Slipper Chair by BLANKET. 

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February 20, 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
THE NORTHWEST EXPRESS

January 17, 2013
The Northwest Express (via Bon Appétit Magazine) is making its rounds on the internet, featuring Seattle/Portland eco-outdoorsy-artisinal-inspired style including our handsome reclaimed and refreshed Mid-Century Hudson Bay Blanket Side Chair...

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February 16, 2013
BUY AMERICA! NUBE ON ABC NEWS!

December 12, 2012
The challenge is on: buy American Made for the holidays and ABC News went straight to the source of American sourced and made holiday gifts for this powerful segment on U.S. jobs and meaningful holiday gifting. We think our founder Ruth sums it up quite well! 

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February 08, 2013
GIFT GUIDE - OUR FAVORITE THINGS

December 5, 2012
It's here: Our one-stop shop for all things perfectly giftable and guiltlessly green. 
SHOP OUR FAVORITE THINGS! >>
 

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February 08, 2013
HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE

November 20, 2012
We can all make it a few days without a web store! Call us at 206-402-4515 and we'll talk you through it, or.. 

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February 08, 2013
DAZZLE ME!

November 12, 2012
So excited for Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's holiday gift bazaar on TUESDAY at 5pm to benefit Seattle Symphony.

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February 08, 2013
BIG NEWS (LITTLE CONTAINER!)

November 7, 2012
Local love is popping up at University Village this holiday season! We're filling our brand new mobile shop (newly re-newed, that is, from a salvaged shipping container!) with giftable favorites that are big on local flavor. Designed by Graypants and fitted by NK Build, the shop pops with vintage and antique fixtures in an industrial-chic frame. Pop in for bike-tube bags for him, cozy eco-throws for her, and classic toys for kids.

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February 08, 2013
PARTY PREVIEW: STATE 2012 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION


October 29, 2012
JOIN US on Friday, November 9 to sneak a peek at the newest collection from STATE, designed by Adrienne Antonson exclusively for NuBe Green. This winter sees plaids and stripes in tailored tops and flowing frocks, all hand-constructed from vintage garments, workwear, and antique fineries. Dress up with us and celebrate hand-crafted, singular style while we serve up cocktails and spin vinyl.

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February 08, 2013
THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE...
September 26, 2012

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February 08, 2013
SEAMLESS IN SEATTLE


August 19, 2012
Seattle Magazine is showcasing the best emerging artists on the Seattle fashion circuit with the Seamless in Seattle fashion show, set to hit the runway August 29th at the Seattle Art Museum. We are thrilled to cheer on our own Christine Chaney, whose vintage silk scarf dresses flutter in our front window. Join us in celebrating Seattle's talented seamstresses! 

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February 08, 2013
IT'S TIME TO GO PUBLIC!


July 31, 2012
Join us, our friends at Graypants, and AIA Seattle for a high-energy, high-altitude, highly visual event to help us support a great new nonprofit in Seattle, Design in Public. 

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February 08, 2013
MY NUBE HOME: PHOTO CONTEST!


July 31, 2012
The best part of green living is making an inspired green home. We love to see your creativity and the locations where our favorite green goods find their home. Show us how you use your favorite NuBe textiles, barware, decor, or other NuBe home goodies and you could win $50 in NuBe greenback dollars and a NuBe goodie bag! We look forward to seeing how you live green! 

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February 08, 2013
FOR A STERLING SUMMER: JOIN US FOR PAPER WINGS SUMMER TRUNK SHOW

June 7, 2012
Fluttering and light, Portland's Paper Wings collection of hand crafted necklaces and earrings is a sterling presence in shimmering reclaimed silver. With oxidized and brass plated accents, the line is completely geo-friendly and delicately geometric. Hand
-pick your favorite handmade treasures from Paper Wings new designs and take 20% off all other jewelry in the shop!

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February 08, 2013
NEW USES: POTTERY BY JAMES LOBB


March 27, 2012
New in the shop: fanciful forms by ceramics artist James Lobb. Hanging fruit baskets and oversize vases are functional and fun in organic, undulating surfaces and muted hand-glazed hues. On view through April in association with the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

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February 08, 2013
MONA STYLE: WEARABLE AND HOME ART SALE


March 13, 2012

MoNA Style 2012:  Wearable and Home Art Sale 
The Museum of Northwest Art presents its annual wearable and home art show, a one-day sale featuring works by 35 Northwest artists. Both floors of the museum have been given over to 35 handpicked artists from the Northwest. Meet the artists and shop for clothing, jewelry, accessories, and items for the home.  The artists are paid a commission for all sales and the balance assists the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art by Northwest artists.

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February 08, 2013
FASHION FORECAST


March 6, 2012
Join us for the first Forecast Seattle-centric fashion show, produced by Seattle Magazine, and styled from local retailers including NuBe Green! Stylists are stopping by NuBe to pick the perfect pieces from our STATE by NuBe Green line to pair with everything from rain slickers to bike helmets. (Can you guess what the Seattle-centric theme is?!) 

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February 08, 2013
INTRODUCING, CHADHAUS MODERN FURNISHINGS


February 29, 2012
We are thrilled to welcome Chadhaus furnishings to the NuBe Green family. Take a peek at the new salvaged sycamore and recycled steel Farmhouse Modern dining set in our front window, or come grab a seat and flip through a lookbook of the whole Chadhaus line. All sustainable, hand-built, and available through NuBe Green!

 

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February 08, 2013
LOVE OUR LADIES!

February 13, 2012
We are so proud of our two darling do-ers: Adrienne Antonson, genius behind our own STATE label of garments, and Amy Pennington, culinary gardener and author of our fave Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening handbooks.

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February 08, 2013
LOST TREASURE: THE SURPLUS STORY
February 6, 2012

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February 08, 2013
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