By Shannah Carol, Home Business Magazine Publicity Editor
Home Business Magazine recently attended the fourth installment of Good Food Fridays At The Market at The Santa Monica Place Mall. At this charitable and exciting event, Home Business Magazine enjoyed an evening of healthy food sampling, live music by local Santa Monica-area students, shopping, art and face-painting, wine tastings, and a special pop-up boutique hosted by Renee Simlak Productions.
The unique and engaging pop-up boutique featured the city’s most talented designers (many of which are home-based businesses), such as ivory + mason eyewear, A Lost Art hand-carved wooden gifts, A Wish Clothing, Home Baked Beanies, Q Sciences, Sweet Feet Spray, ZYL Jewelry Collection, and Besos Boutique, a mobile boutique that brings the shopping to you. All of the pop-up boutique’s designers donated 3% from the sales that night to Wags N’ Walks, a non-profit that helps to save the lives of animals from the shelter and place them in loving homes.
Home Business Magazine stopped to chat with jewelry designer Xena Lee about what inspired her to start the ZYL Jewelry Collection.
|Home Business Magazine stopped by ZYL Jewelry Collection and chatted with Xena Lee.|
“It was always a passion of mine; I worked in corporate America for twelve years and hated it,” Xena shared. “The whole time I worked in corporate America, I always had a passion for jewelry. I started making jewelry and selling it on the side, then I realized how much I loved doing it. I took the leap of faith, left corporate America, and started my business!”
Home Business Magazine also asked Home Baked Beanies what sets them apart from other beanie companies on the market.
“We are the first smelly hat company in the whole world, and a portion of our hats’ sales goes to the Big Bear Rescue Zoo,” they said. “You can see our cupcake hats on the shopping network! We are also at Nordstrom’s, and we’re having our first “Bake-A-Beanie Center” in Big Bear, California. At this center, kids can come in and put their beanies in the ‘oven,’ and pull them out of the ‘oven,’ decorate them, and the beanies are ‘freshly baked.’ It’s an exciting business that’s been around for six years, so look out for us!”
A Wish and A Wish for Animals were also in attendance at the pop-up boutique. Home Business Magazine caught up with them about what they are all about.
|Home Business Magazine caught up with A Wish and A Wish for Animals.|
“We primarily make clothing for little girl, such as glittery rhinestone tees, tutus, and tiaras; a little girl’s favorite things. We also make baby clothing! We donate a portion of our sales to our nonprofit dog rescue, A Wish For Animals. We rescue dogs from the streets and high-close shelters and take care of them until we can find them homes. This business helps support the dog rescue.”
The company owner shared what inspired her to start the company.
“I was a Wish- Granter for nine years for a children’s foundation and I was getting too busy and wanted to do something to give back. When I started my business, that’s where ‘A Wish’ came from; I really wanted to give back. When Hurricane Katrina hit, I donated a lot of money and clothing to the victims. We are a company with a cause, so our for-profit company helps the non-profit and other people.”
Home Business Magazine also stopped by Q Sciences and chatted with company representative Olivia Smith.
|Home Business Magazine also stopped by Q Sciences and chatted with company representatives.|
“Q Sciences is about health, and we offer an array of vitamin sprays. When you take a vitamin spray, it is absorbed in your body immediately. We have the B12 vitamin spray, which you can take in the morning and in the afternoon instead of taking a B12 shot. It definitely gives you the energy you need. We also have Q Sleep, which helps you sleep at night. A lot of people don’t get the proper rest at night because they can’t fall asleep. Moms and anyone with a sleep problem will find that this product definitely makes a difference.
We also have D3 spray. A lot of people are low in D3 and don’t know anything about how D3 deficiency can cause depression and cause you to hold on to weight. Our clients get tested in the beginning and two months later, and their D vitamins always show a big increase. We also have a mood stabilizer that helps manage your energy levels, which is loved by many different kinds of people with differing personalities. You will see a difference in your energy and your moods with this product, and it isn’t a drug. Everything we have here is healthy and natural.”
Home Business Magazine also stopped by ivory + mason eyewear’s booth and asked about the company’s founding.
“ivory + mason eyewear was created in the heart of Westwood, and our two founders had the vision to provide excellence,” they said. “They donate a pair for every pair purchased, so the company is more on the personal side. On the physical and flashy side, all of our frames feature wooden temples. We also have a Tropicana line that was manufactured in the seventies and found in a warehouse. Now we are selling them and it’s a very limited collection and something that no one else has right now.”
A Lost Art wooden gifts also chatted about what their products are all about.
“Everything is imported, eco-friendly, and fairly-traded, as the gifts are made from sustainable woods,” a company representative said. “We travel abroad to places like Bali and Thailand to fine these extraordinary pieces that are made from nature. For example, we find tree trunks and make them into jewelry boxes. Everything is made from a natural product from the earth.”
At the last boutique booth, Besos Boutique, a mobile clothing boutique, shared what sets them apart from all the other boutiques out there.
“We are a mobile boutique, and we go to big ‘Girl’s Night Out’ events and do trunk shows. What sets our company apart is that we bring the experience to someone’s house or we take the experience to a place where a bunch of girls just want to have a good time together, go shopping, and get pampered. We bring very unique styles and change our inventory all of the time. A lot of times, when we’re doing home trunk shows, we’ll tailor it to what the hosts want to have. Our apparel is trendy, and we offer dresses, pants, and camisoles, and officewear in the summer It is a little bit of everything. We also offer maxi-dresses, as well as short and cute skirts. All of our clothes come in an array of fun and trendy colors!”
The event also featured gift bags containing complimentary passes from Yoga Hop, as well as Pretzel Crisps, and Honest Tea. At the end of the day, event connoisseur Renee Simlak also gave a quick update on how everything went.
“I think tonight went really well, as we had about 200-300 people who came to shop for a cause. All of my home-based business vendors are unique in their own way and think outside the box; they don’t offer things that you would just walk into the mall and find. Three percent of each vendor’s sales are going to, which is an animal rescue organization that finds homes for animal rescues in the shelters who are about to be put down. Renee Simlak Productions is very passionate about animals, to today’s event is for a really great cause.” HBM
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