Sensory Pop Up Results!

For an entire week, we blacked out our store to create a tactile shopping experience. Through the manipulation of perception, removing sight, we hoped to lead the shoppers to question their shopping tendencies and focuses. Is the tactile experience still important in shopping or is online shopping the mode of the future? Do you care about our local Brick and Mortar shops? 

After shopping in the dark, we asked our shoppers to fill out a short survey! The survey results revealed a lot of questions, comments, and suggestions about our Sense Up, an experimental shopping experience! 

We loved your responses! From considering how and why we value objects, to the dilemma of our current mode of rushing through experiences—this shopping experience was purely an example of many of these topics.

This experience revealed that people crave and desire unique experiences in life and truly value your local and in-person shops. Although it was a bit daunting or overwhelming to a few of you, your willingness to participate and start a dialogue was impressive and appreciated! Lets keep the dialogue going, spread the word! Here's a little bit about the lovely people that stopped by:



Question: Did this shopping experiment spark any questions or ideas?

Answer: Yes. More so than I expected. It made me reconsider the value of being able to interact with something before I buy or don't buy it. This experience made me reconsider how I value objects.

Answer: Yes, I had underestimated the importance of texture to me

Answer: Yes, I had underestimated the importance of texture to me

Answer: My taste is more expensive in the dark

Answer: Tactical experience with items I would use in my hands like a wallet were awesome because it gives me a chance to feel how it would fit in my hands when I use it.


Question: In what ways was this valuable or invaluable experience?

Answer: I had the intention today to do something new and out of my comfort zone. This gave me the feeling of being a bit adventurous.

Answer: It was an interesting and unique sensory relationship with products that I may otherwise have overlooked.

Answer: It felt like a mindfulness exercise. Interacting with objects without sight made me consider the objects with my other senses, notice more than I otherwise would, be more careful and attentive and attuned to my surroundings. Calming and exciting at once.

Thank you to everyone who visited our sensory pop up! To see more of your responses, view the graphs here!


November 30, 2016
Happy Hour & STATE Clearance Sale next Wednesday at NuBe9

We're clearing all STATE and other women's apparel to make room for casual and athletic wear from our sister company, NuBe9. 

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October 21, 2014
NuBe Hunt Winners!

The first #NuBeHunt is over and we’re so excited to announce the winners!

Congrats to #TeamVashon for taking home the gold!

Second place goes to #TeamBurningWood and third to #TeamOddfellows!

Choose your prizes here and send us an email letting us know your choice! First place gets first pick and so forth.

We had so many great entries that we couldn’t limit the prizes to just three teams, SO we’re giving honorary $50 gift cards to #TeamAlyssaWins for her "NuBe like boobie" haiku and #TeamVance for their reused candle container.

Thanks to everyone who participated! We had so much fun viewing the entries. Here are a few of our favorites:

If you’re hungry for more NuBe Hunting, you can view all of our posts through our hashtags or follow the links below and log into Instagram via Iconsquare:

What are your favorite entries from the scavenger hunt? Share in the comments below.

September 06, 2014
Scavenger Hunt Update: Who's Winning + LOTS of New Point Values

Greetings NuBe Hunters! Just one week in, the response to our Scavenger Hunt has been incredible, with several teams across the country submitting entries ranging from haikus, to recommendations for fantastic US producers, to things Ryan Gosling would say if he thought like a NuBian. One person even went crabbing…in the buff. That’s a risky way to get 100 bonus points, but reports say all important parts are intact.

Having tracked entries for a week, we’re making a few changes to ensure overall fairness and to encourage ongoing creativity with entries:

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August 08, 2014

We at NuBe Green invite you to participate in our first ever nationwide scavenger hunt! Which is in fact not a scavenger hunt at all, but rather a list of NuBe related activities with designated point values. Whatever you want to call it, it's gonna be fun.

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July 27, 2014

Teams earn points by completing specified tasks. All entries are submitted via social media. Here are a few rules and a complete list of tasks!

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July 27, 2014

We've pulled out all the stops with these enticing scavenger hunt prizes, from NuBe gift cards to a private photo shoot for you and your friends. Note that prizes are awarded to teams, not individuals, so choose your roster carefully! The first place team gets first pick from the list, then the second place team, then the third. Honorable Mentions may also be awarded at NuBe's discretion. Winners will be announced by September 3rd, 2014. Check out the list below!

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July 27, 2014
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. -HENRY MILLER

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June 30, 2014
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
Would you pay $2,000 for your next iPhone?

...because that's roughly what it would cost if it were made in the U.S., according to this thought-provoking news piece from NPR's Marketplace.

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June 09, 2014
Workshop Visit: Constellation & Co.

Take a quick peak into Constellation & Co's Pioneer Square, letterpress studio with our Q&A with founder Sara McNally.

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June 04, 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
Seattle Picnic: One blanket, many possibilities.
What better way is there to celebrate a holiday weekend than by heading outside with good food, good company, and good scenery? We’re lucky that Seattle has an abundance of all three. We’d love to hear about your favorite picnic spots around the city and what you consider the essentials for the perfect picnic. But first, a few recommendations of our own...

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May 23, 2014
Workshop Visit: Knuckle Kiss

Seattle Washington jewelry. Geometric jewelry designer, Knuckle Kiss. Pacific northwest artist Angela Delarmente

This is Angela. She is one of our favorite neighbors here on Capitol Hill. She is also one of our favorite Seattle jewelry vendors. 

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May 15, 2014
Workshop Visit: Baleen

Billy and Leah are the couple behind the Seattle jewelry company Baleen. Minimal, affordable, trendy jewelry. Handmade in Seattle, Washington.

Meet Seattle jewelry duo Baleen. As one of our newest vendors, we couldn't be more excited about  their designs! It was a pleasure to visit Billy and Leah in their Ballard home studio.

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May 09, 2014
NuBe Love: Jan Reingold

The driving force behind NuBe Green lies in the creative souls that make up our team, which is why we would love to introduce you to the irreplaceable Jan Reingold! Jan designs her own jewelry under the moniker Izanna Jewelry and also works at Tatters, but brings her talent and energy to NuBe once a week.

Jan is a wealth of inspiration, so we couldn’t resist asking her a few questions about the grittiness of Capitol Hill, the importance of implementing repurposed items in designs and why spending the day at NuBe never really feels like work.  

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May 08, 2014
April 30th: GoGreen Seattle, A Conference with a NuBe Philosophy

The annual GoGreen sustainability conference will be held tomorrow in downtown Seattle.

The GoGreen website describes the event as "a one-day, interactive learning experience featuring tactical how-tos, a solutions-centered deep dive into new ways of thinking, and a showcase of regional business leaders and their success stories." We thought that sounded like an event NuBe fans would be interested in (full transparency: NuBe Green is a Community Partner for the conference).

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April 29, 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

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

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

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

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
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
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

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
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

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

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August 06, 2013

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

"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

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
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
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

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

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

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
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