As we wrap up the first month of our subscription boxes, I just wanted to say, THANK YOU to everyone for your support and encouragement! It’s been so much fun seeing pictures and reading/watching reviews as they’ve been coming in! If you missed any of the reviews for January, you can see them HERE, HERE and HERE.
We had the chance to share some stories with you about the businesses that we featured this month and are excited to share more stories and products of other businesses in the coming months. Now it’s my turn to share a little bit about myself and why we decided to start a Handmade Hive monthly subscription box.
I started out as a maker of decorative home goods and went to shows selling my products to make some extra money, but also to meet and network with the other makers and artists that were at these events. Meeting these artists opened my eyes to the incredible talents people have just in my local community.
In 2012, a few friends and I decided to run a 2-day indoor craft market allowing vendors to display their items at our location without being there, which in turn enabled them to attend another event if they chose to do so.
It was so encouraging to hear their stories of success & growth, as well as the challenges they overcame or were still going through. The experience, as a whole, was rewarding for the vendor & the customer.
pictures from some of our vendor displays at our Fall 2013 Indoor Craft Market
As I developed Handmade Hive in an online marketplace, I discovered my passion to showcase amazing artisans and small businesses, not only from my local community in the Lehigh Valley, but also from around our great nation. Over the last year, I have been amazed at the talent of the people in this country, their entrepreneurial spirit and the support they show for others in this community of small businesses. Handmade Hive’s monthly subscription boxes give me the honor to be a door through which everyday people can enter and see a whole new community of makers and artisans that they might not have otherwise met.
I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to share these businesses and their products with you this past month. We look forward to the months ahead as we search and plan and continue to share with you.
In addition to our heart for supporting small businesses, we’re also passionate about supporting organizations that help survivors of human sex trafficking and we’ve committed to donating a portion of every subscription to these organizations each month! For the months of January, February and March, that organization is the Truth Home.
So let’s do a January 2017 Recap:
First – You guys don’t even understand how hard it was to not eat every single Chocolate Chip Cookie from The Bread Box & Bakery every time I picked up an order. We are huge fans of the wonderful Community Supported Bakery and are so thankful for the referral from O Wow Cow!!! If you’re ever in Perkasie, PA, this is a must stop!
I’ve spent many nights (including tonight) drinking tea from Plum Deluxe, especially my favorite and much needed “Inner Calm” blend,
images courtesy of Plum Deluxe
I love that I can scrub my feet with the Bergamot Grapefruit Whipped Sugar Scrub from Purely Posh Soap Co. in the shower and not worry about a left over oil slick in the tub that one of us could slip and fall on,
I’m refreshed and awaken by the invigorating scent of the Rosemary Peppermint soap from A Natural Alternative,
I’m thankful for the opportunity to soak my tired feet at the end of a busy day with the Vanilla Coconut Bath Soak (also from Purely Posh Soap Co) and then moisturize with the Hand Salve (don’t let “hand” fool you…it’s great for more than just hands!!) from Ava and Snow Goat Soap,
And I’ve loved checking the date everyday on my desk calendar from Favorite Story! (Already turned it to February)
It’s been a whirlwind month and we’ve got so much more in store for you.
Some of these individual items are still for sale on our website, while supplies last.
February subscriptions and single box purchases are available until the 20th of the month and we’re offering FREE SHIPPING (woot, woot) this month. PLUS if you use coupon code SWEETTREAT you’ll receive 20% off your February box, upon subscription.
Until next time –