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The Grommet's 2nd Annual Product Pitch Contest: Submissions are Open!

Posted by Caroline Fong January 27, 2014 11:00 AM

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At The Grommet, weíre a launch platform for undiscovered products, and we are officially announcing our 2014 Product Pitch. We are thrilled to be working with again in covering the exciting journey to the Product Pitch playoffs.

If youíre a maker who has come up with a creative solution or hack to an everyday problem, enter to be on your way to turning your product innovation into a household name at Fenway Park and beyond.

Hacks that turned into Grommets last year include THINX, Frogglez, Cuppow, Eyn, Sugru, and PocketMonkey. Think your problem solver has what it takes to become a Grommet? Enter here.


Holiday Giveaway: Enter to Win Grommets!

Posted by Caroline Fong December 9, 2013 02:00 PM

The Grommet Holiday Giveaway

Receiving gifts gives you one of the best feelings in the world. Unlike Santa, whoís a bit of a stickler for his naughty or nice list, we are choosing one lucky winner to take home the giveaway prize of an assortment of great Grommets.

Grommets arenít just things. They are products that are unique, thoughtful, and made by people whose stories and values are worth sharing. Grommets are as surprising and delightful to give as they are to receive.

Your friends may have crossed everything off their Christmas lists already, and so has your family. But youíre probably hoping for something different. This year, try your luck and you may receive some delightfully different gifts. Enter The Grommet Holiday Giveaway, powered by Finds.

The winner will receive one of each listed:

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Plus, anyone who enters will receive a special discount code via email for 10% off any holiday shopping at The Grommet (valid from 12/11 to 12/13).

What are you waiting for? It only takes 2 minutes to enter. Click here!

Wooden Anniversary: Celebrate with a Collection of Wooden Finds

Posted by Caroline Fong October 21, 2013 02:00 PM

Have you heard? After five years and more than 1,500 story launches, The Grommet is celebrating its fifth anniversary with Grommets beautifully crafted of wood and other rustic materials.

A couple of years ago, I started taking a liking towards coffee, the color teal, and coincidentally, the material wood. Coffee has definitely found its way into my mornings while I also noticed the uptick of teal in fashion and home decor. And when I noticed the return of wood as a choice material, I was pleasantly surprised.

For a while, it seemed like the world was only focused on new-age materials. But now, thereís a revival of appreciation for old things and traditional building elements. One of them is wood, and it just has a wonderful aesthetic to it. Things feel solid, look great, and with the right care, last long. At The Grommet, some of our American handcrafters and creators make beautiful Grommets using wood.

Our collection of wooden Grommets comes just in time for our wooden anniversary. Itís been five years of launching undiscovered products and helping them -- as well as the people and stories behind them -- succeed.

Here is a five-item roundup of some The Grommetís one-of-a-kind wooden products:

1. WRAPPED LA (Set of 3 Gift Boxes); $48



A Day of Music & Prizes at Live on The Square

Posted by Caroline Fong October 9, 2013 12:30 PM


This Sunday, five great acts will take the stage at Live on The Square. Youíll be treated to a bit of rock, electric violin, indie rock, and roots punk. The bands -- The Sheila Divine, American Authors, Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters, Rhett Price, and Speedy Ortiz -- are swooping in to jam for Somerville.

Dance with your friends and hit the food trucks, but donít forget to drop by the Finds and The Grommet table for another important lineup: the Grommets.


Join Finds & The Grommet at Live on The Square

Posted by Caroline Fong October 7, 2013 02:45 PM


Youíve been discovering unique products from The Grommet on Finds. And youíve been learning about these Grommets and their stories.

This Sunday, youíll be able to play with some of these products in person while bobbing to terrific tunes. Come out with your friends or bring your family to Live on The Square at Union Square in Somerville. Itís a free concert hosted by Boston.comís RadioBDC and presented by Budweiser, and we're holding a giveaway.


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Buy Differently is a sponsored blog powered by The Grommet, and part of Finds, a site you can count on to bring you the best discoveries around Boston and beyond. This blog is not written or edited by or Finds. The author is solely responsible for the content.
Caroline Fong
Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.