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Teach yourself yoga basics at home with Yoga by Numbers

Posted by Melissa Massello February 7, 2014 01:35 PM

yoga_by_numbers_elizabeth_morrow.jpgPhoto: The Grommet

If, like the rest of the world, you were captivated by the tear-jerking transformational story of Arthur Boorman, the disabled ex-paratrooper and Gulf War veteran who used self-taught yoga to learn to walk again, you're going to love the story of Yoga by Numbers — a teach yourself yoga mat designed right here in Boston and currently crowd-funding on Kickstarter.


Have a hack? The Grommet wants launch to your product

Posted by Melissa Massello February 6, 2014 10:32 AM

Want your creation to go down in history with products like Cuppow? The Grommet wants to help you launch your product. They're looking for hacks and problem solvers that have household name potential. Could yours be next?


Massachusetts manufacturers campaign for first annual Makers Monday

Posted by Melissa Massello December 2, 2013 03:28 PM

mother_freedom_made_in_massachusetts.jpgPhoto: Mother Freedom

As millions of consumers around the country frantically search for online coupon codes this Cyber Monday, a small but growing community of locavores have designated the first day back to work after Thanksgiving a different kind of shopping day altogether with the first annual Makers Monday.

Spearheaded by Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola, the Makers Monday campaign is an effort to raise awareness for American-made products and encourage more consumers to pledge to buy Made in USA goods this holiday season, thereby creating more US jobs and bolstering local economies.


New IFC show spoofs the craft beer movement with fictional 7Brothers Vermont brewery

Posted by Melissa Massello November 20, 2013 12:12 PM

7_brothers_craft_brewery_IFC.jpgPhoto: IFC

Hipsters, and the craft movement in general, make for an easy comedic target (see: Portlandia), but this time the mockery literally hits closer to home with a fictional Lydonville, Vermont craft brewery called 7Brothers.


Manchester, Worcester top America's 25 Most Generous Cities in Craftsy handmade holiday gift survey

Posted by Melissa Massello November 12, 2013 11:22 AM

sweetly_scrapped_made_by_tags.jpgPhoto: Sweetly Scrapped via Etsy

Just as retailers across America gear up for the earliest holiday shopping push on record, with many consumers opting to shop on Thanksgiving Day rather than host family dinners, Manchester and Worcester are proving that local makers continue to go against the grain, making New England the handmade holiday capital of the country.


Buca Boot: Local innovator creates a bicycle basket that stores like a car trunk

Posted by Melissa Massello October 9, 2013 12:00 PM

Buca Boot

Boston is becoming a lot more bike-friendly. Newly minted bike lanes are popping up around town, and each day they are filled with more cyclists commuting to work. This summer, bike-sharing service Hubway celebrated two years and one million rides.

While officials work to make Boston safer and easier for bikes, Kathryn Carlson is improving the personal biking experience and hoping to encourage more people to travel via two wheels. Her Buca Boot is a weatherproof, lockable storage bin that mounts to any bike rack, effectively acting like the trunk of a car. We talked with Carlson, an economist by trade, about her Kickstarter campaign, where she got this idea, and just how she manages to bike year-round.


Boost your biz: Join Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson for webcast tomorrow

Posted by Melissa Massello September 30, 2013 11:30 AM

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Hey, local makers! Etsy, the mother of maker marketplaces, is hosting a town hall webcast tomorrow, October 1 with CEO Chad Dickerson. Users and sellers can sign up to watch live and ask questions.


Show your Bruins pride with jewelry made from sand (and hockey pucks) in Hyde Park

Posted by Melissa Massello June 19, 2013 11:01 AM


Photo: Dune Jewelry Design

It's hard to think about anything today other than Game 4 in the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight — and for one local jewelry designer based in Hyde Park, our collective hockey obsession has inspired a new "Black & Gold" collection that's selling like hotcakes.


Tumbleweed Tiny Home workshop in Boston this weekend

Posted by Melissa Massello June 3, 2013 05:00 PM

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

Have you ever dreamt building your own tiny home from the ground up, but have no idea where to begin? Take a page from Jay Shafer's book, and learn how to build a small space all your own for under $20,000! Presented by actual Tumbleweed Tiny House owner/builders, the 2-day workshop comes to Boston this weekend. FULL ENTRY

Pickle makers and warring knitters: Not coming to a TV near you

Posted by Melissa Massello May 30, 2013 05:00 PM

CHI & Partners/Thirteen

It was only a matter of time before crazy shows like The Dillionaire made it to cable — Or is it? These shows are fakes, thought up for ads for New York's PBS affiliate, Thirteen, to highlight the current state of television. We love us some PBS, and we think Thirteen's subway poster campaign is clever, but we also kind of want to watch Knitting Wars... FULL ENTRY
tags ads, pbs, television, tv

About the Authors

Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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