The Minnesota Distillery That Happened by Accident

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Tyson Schnitker and his wife Mary, local Minnesota distillers, admittedly came into their craft by accident. Now, Skaalvenn Distillery sets itself apart by breaking the chain of “boring booze” to provide unique craft drinks. I had the pleasure of meeting Tyson and Mary and getting to know more about them and their creations.

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Small Business Revolution: Stories of Triumph & Inspiration

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Bags & Bows’ parent company, Deluxe Corporation, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark this special milestone, we’ve started the Small Business Revolution, a movement with a mission to share 100 small business stories from across the country, each of whom was nominated by the people who knew them best – friends, family, and neighbors. America was built by bold and passionate entrepreneurs who took the plunge and started their own businesses. We at Bags & Bows and Deluxe want to celebrate that!

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Florist Shop Opens in Neighborhood Historic House

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To kick off summer, we’re featuring The Purple Iris, a flower and gift shop just starting up in Circleville, Ohio. I had the pleasure of asking Larry Upchurch, owner of The Purple Iris, a few questions about his business and the logo that he ordered from Deluxe’s logo design services. Let’s dive into what he said about his business and the history of the building they reside in.

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How a Successful Startup Takes More Than Good Luck

This St. Patrick's Day we're taking a look at a startup produce business and how success takes more than just the "luck of the Irish."

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday of all things green, we are featuring a startup produce business: The Novice Farmer. With the first day of spring only a few days away, we’re all thinking about budding spring foliage, the farmers’ market, and the green grass that is conquering the snow. I had the opportunity to interview Donna Reiter, owner of The Novice Farmer. Let’s take a look at how she does business and prepares for the upcoming growing season.

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Bags & Bows and ARIDO Take on the Red Carpet

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The 72nd Golden Globe Awards were presented on January 11, 2015. Many actors and actresses, directors, TV series, and screenplays were recognized for their outstanding quality. Not only were celebrities like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in attendance at the event, but so was Arid Chappell of ARIDO Jewelry an exclusive upscale jewelry line (and customer of Bags & Bows). I had the opportunity of interviewing Arid about his business and involvement at the Golden Globes. Keep reading for an inside view of the event.

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Minnesota Resort Gives Back to Veterans

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Every year on November 11th, we honor our country’s veterans for their patriotism, sacrifice, and willingness to serve our country and its citizens. Veterans play such an important role in our country, and they deserve honor and respect every day of the year, not just one day of the year. Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely, MN is a business that shows veterans honor and respect on a daily basis. They are a non-profit organization, providing veterans and their guests a beautiful place to relax and vacation.

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A Local Pharmacy with a Big Heart

Behind the Scenes at Tarrytown Pharmacy

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Every business has a unique story. Tarrytown Pharmacy of Austin, TX is no exception. More than just a pharmacy, Tarrytown plays a huge role in the Austin community. I had the opportunity of interviewing Mark Newberry, the current owner. His passion for Tarrytown, its customers, and community were inspiring. Tarrytown has always been a part of Mark’s life, and it’s evident how much he loves it. Hopefully his story inspires and encourages you in your own business ventures.

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Magnolia House: Business with a Purpose

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When Nancy Veldman moved to Florida, she had the idea of opening a gift shop. Her vision was to create a community, not just a store, where individuals could come to relax and feel at peace. In 1992, with no previous retail experience, Nancy opened Magnolia House. Nancy’s shop offers a unique mix of products including CDs, books, note cards, and watercolor paintings, all of which she has created herself. She plays the music, writes the books, and paints the paintings. She also has a charity she runs through her gift shop. The overarching theme of Magnolia House is to meet the needs of others and take care of those around us. Let’s take a look at how Nancy does that on a daily basis.

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How A Cosmetic Business Wins Over Its Online Customers

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Aromi is a boutique fragrance and cosmetic company that specializes in products that are handmade with the finest raw materials. The founder, Hannah Follis, a chemist by trade, is passionate about creating handmade fragrances, cosmetics, and beauty products.

Aromi has vendors that carry their products, or “stockists”, as Hannah calls them, in 9 states, but she also sells her products online via ecommerce on Aromi’s website and Etsy. However, Hannah goes beyond the typical ecommerce site to promote Aromi online. Below are three tips to successfully promote your business online and how Aromi does it.

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Why Love is Key for a Successful Business

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After experiencing a harsh winter throughout much of the U.S., spring is finally on its way. The warmer weather and brighter spirits are an indication that wedding season is almost upon us. Calendars are filling up with weddings and bridal showers, and shopping lists are filling up with wedding registry items. This is an exciting time of year for many of us and especially for those who are in the wedding industry, like Andra Christianson, owner of Andra Delores Design, a wedding stationery business.

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