We have all heard of the Shop Small initiative. There are frequent reminders on Facebook and other social media to shop at small businesses. The creation of Small Business Saturday in November of every year was a brilliant move in the right direction to remind us to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. A group in Kansas City is taking this idea a few steps further.
Hang Ups in KC is excited and proud to join the Made In Kansas Cityinitiative. The Made in Kansas City initiators are Local Start.org, a not for profit organization focused on strengthening the local economy of the greater Kansas City and surrounding areas. In the words of the folks at Local Start.org “This marks a deeper step on our part to strengthen the local economy by creating an environment where KC products are the first choice, where they are displayed with pride in our establishments and where you can find those products quickly and easily. We know that by providing people with the tools to choose local products, we empower them to build a smarter and stronger Kansas City.”
Keep an eye out online and in local establishments for this logo to know that you are buying products produced in Kansas City:
For more information or to get involved visit www.localstart.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 913-730-0164. Please check out the list participants by clicking on meet the locals on the main page of www.localstart.org. The next time you are shopping please consider purchasing from a business who features products made in Kansas City.
This is the time of year that many people make New Years resolutions. I’ve never made a New Years resolution. Instead I prefer to look back on the past year and celebrate accomplishments and start dreaming about what we can accomplish in the new year.
2013 was a great year for us at Hang Ups in KC. In April Kristi & I traveled to Ventura, California to attend an amazing conference for creative makers called Craftcation (www.craftcationconference.com). We met some of our favorite authors and crafty gurus like Amy Tan, Kari Chapin and Nicole Blum and learned a mind-boggling amount about how to grow our business. Since then we have:
Created this blog and regularly post DIY’s, recipes and accounts of our adventures.
Built our website from scratch thanks to the technical expertise of Matt Jurgensen and the creative genius of Kristi Jurgensen. We constantly update our website with new creations…check us out at www.hangupsinkc.com.
Forged an amazing partnership with Literacy Kansas City (www.literacykansascity.org). We have created an entire line of jewelry that is literacy based. You can check it out on our website. In 2014 we will continue to donate a portion of the proceeds from our Literacy Kansas City Collection and look forward to working even more closely with this remarkable team.
Designed and launched a newsletter to give an inside track on new products and sales to our loyal customers. To sign up for our newsletter go to our home page on our website and click on the link provided. We promise not to overwhelm you with daily emails like the big stores do.
Partnered with 3 more stores sell our creations; Lucky Dog Vintage, Westside Storey and Ugly Glass & Co. We are always looking for retail partners who share our vision, creativity and love for repurposing and antiques.
Created Twitter (@hangupsinkc) and Instagram (hangupsinkc) accounts. We are doing our best to keep up with technology!
2013 was a great year for us thanks to all of you and your support!
Kristi & I have high hopes for Hang Ups in 2014. We are starting off our year with a bang – on January 15th we will be presenting our business and goals at 1 Million Cups (www.1MillionCups.com) in Kansas City. Our goal this year is to grow our online business and enter into the world of wholesale. We are hoping that the entrepreneurial community surrounding 1 Million Cups and the Kauffman Foundation can share some wisdom and give us some guidance towards our goals.
If you have always dreamed of starting your own small handmade business have faith and try not to become overwhelmed. There are so many people out there who will be thrilled to support you and who will genuinely love your products. There are also a great number of resources online and most likely right in your community if you look closely enough. When we were starting on this journey we read Kari Chapin’s books “Handmade Marketplace” and “Grow Your Handmade Business”. These books provided a remarkable step by step list of what needed to be done. Here’s a link, if you are interested: http://www.storey.com/author.php?ID=502022. When we were ready to create a blog and feeling overwhelmed Kari Chapin recommended the book “Blogging for Creatives” by Robin Houghton (http://www.amazon.com/Blogging-Creatives-designers-crafters-contacts/dp/1440320136). This book made the process of starting a blog so much less intimidating and so much easier. The most important thing to remember during your journey is that you are not alone! In our experience, the creative community is incredibly supportive and nurturing.
Whatever your dreams are Kristi & I hope that they come true for you in 2014! We wish you all a very happy New Year!