We ventured to Las Vegas at the end of January for the Las Vegas Market. It was quite a time! First of all, we checked out all of the city since it was Kattie’s first time in Las Vegas. We aren’t much gamblers but we sure do love to people watch. In Vegas you see a lot of people and we love everyone.
We attended the Las Vegas Market from January 27-30th for the wholesale show. We have done other wholesale shows similar yet on a smaller scale so it was fun to experience something new. Not being in our hometown was interesting too! We had a blast talking to everyone we met at the Market and excited to be working with the new accounts from the show. Meeting people from other states where awareness hasn’t fully hit yet to see how they are approaching is a great way for us to help. The cool thing is that everyone sees that it IS going to be coming to their area soon. Time is always needed and some places need more time than others to change.
Our Evenings Out 🙂
The evenings after the show were spent checking out the city and food. We decided that we were going to go up to The Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere (which was our hotel) and have ourselves a “date” night. You have to ride up in an elevator that goes really fast to the top which is more than 800 feet above Las Vegas in order to get to the Restaurant. The restaurant spins too! We were there for about an 1.5 hours, did the full spin and was able to see the whole city. It was amazing! We of course ordered our drinks with “no straws” and they remembered. The food was delicious and the desert even better. At the end of the evening we decided to give our servers both a glass straw. They were both excited and thanked us for doing what we are doing. Places in the food industry are where a lot of plastic straws are used and so the people working there see first hand just how many straws are being used daily. It was a great day all around, we talked to so many people sparking awareness in them about single use plastics, had a great meal with an amazing view, glass straws in our drinks and I was with the one I love. What more could I ask for?
Once the show was over we packed up and headed straight home which ended up taking us 20 hours instead of 16… Oh well! We made it home safe and got a goods nice rest. The next day I headed off to Seattle and Jeremy got more time with our Toddler. Luckily Snoqualmie Pass was clear and I arrived to Seattle on time and got all set up for the show. Seattle is our hometown and we were happy to be back! We seen a lot of familiar faces which we love at the show including SeaWitch Botanicals who make some of our favorite soaps.
We reconnected with accounts and got some new ones but the weather decided it was time for a snow storm and so the show didn’t go as planned. A lot of people, buyers and vendors weren’t able to make it to the show. The roads were bad and it was advised to not go anywhere unless you had to. We made it in and so we were able to take advantage of the time and mingle with the other vendors. There is so many cool things there! Render Skincare, Hardmill, Better Man Beard, Amber Leaders Design and Forest Life Creations. It was an experience and we walked away with a lot of cool stuff! New soaps, lotion, moon chart, stone carving kit and a little toy for Aurora. It ended up being a good show!
We are finally home and have been for a few weeks and it feels good. Aurora is quite happy that we are back too. Kids sure do grow fast and in a blink of an eye they are grown. My oldest, Audri will be 18 years old this year and I still am amazed at how time goes so fast. We are enjoying the time at home (yet still working) and preparing for our next Journey.
You can find us in Anaheim California for the Natural Products Expo West from March 6-8, 2019. It starts the day after Jeremy’s birthday so if you see us there wish him a Happy Birthday! We will be in the Hilton Building. Booth H806. We are hoping that the weather holds out for this one. We are driving and it would be nice to have good roads. Either way it will be an adventure!
Get ready folks, New diameter glass straw coming soon! We are in the works of launching a new diameter and it should be out close to the end of the month. Woot, Woot! We have been holding on to this one for a little bit and waiting for the right time to bring it out. And we have also been really busy. But a New Year brings new items!
We have a few shows coming up soon that we are also excited about, new content on the website and oh so much more! But I would be spoiling it if I said it all now.
We are really excited for 2019. We noticed that awareness has really shifted and people understand why we are doing what we are doing. Some still laugh and I find that an opportunity to raise awareness and hopefully make those people think a little bit more about what they might be doing to the planet. We have been using 500 million plastic straws a day in the US for a long time now. Lets reduce that number! It can happen and all it takes is some hard work and dedication. It is really easy to bring your glass straw with you if you have a Carrying Case. And once you mastered the straw move on to something else. Plastics bags, plastic water bottles or whatever else you may use.
Think about being the change instead of the problem. We Love You!
Ones of Katties Favorite flowers is now our newest Custom Accent!
Isn’t it Beautiful!!!??!! Who says reusable glass straws have to be boring? Not us!
Right now it is only available on our website but soon it will be available at the Markets. We Love You and want you to have the straw you want. 🙂
You can find us the week at Enchant Christmas in Safeco Field. We will be there until Monday the 17th. You can also find us in Westlake Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Holiday Market. Also in Edmonds for their Holiday Market. So you can find us around town!
Or feeling a little rainy? 🙂
But don’t forget our Cyber Sale ends on December 20th!
Oh Goodness! December already!
We have been super busy with local markets that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write up what we have been up to. So I decided the time was now!
We have been doing a lot of markets with Urban Craft Uprising and just got done with the Winter Show. That was a blast and our first time. Preview night I had a migraine but I still made it through. Saturday and Sunday I was better so I was all about spreading awareness about single use plastic pollution! We are doing the Westlake Holiday Market every weekend still so you can find us downtown Westlake Seattle Friday through Sunday.
You can also find us in Edmonds on Saturdays. We are doing the Edmonds Holiday Market from 10 to 3 pm. But if you don’t catch us at the market you find our glass straws at Walnut Street Coffee there in Edmonds. They are a part of our Ocean Friendly Program and have our glass straws for in-house use.
We did a whole week at Enchant Christmas at Safeco Field which was amazing! It is the worlds largest Christmas light maze. 🙂 I LOVE Christmas lights so it was pretty cool for me. A little cold but worth it! We will be back there for the week of December 11-17th. Come see us and check out the lights.
We are also at Pike Place Market but we will be cutting back our hours there. You can always find us on Mondays there and always on our website. If you want to shop your local area and are wondering if we might be in a store near you just send us a message and we will check! We would love for you to support local when you can. When you purchase from us you are supporting our family business and it means a lot to us!
We hope you all are having a great Holiday season already. I will end this with some pictures of our newest accents.
Much Love and Happy Holidays!!
Summer is here and the markets have started with Urban Craft Uprising.
Oh goodness Seattle! Thank you for a great weekend once again. We were a part of the Urban Craft Uprising part of the Seattle Street Food Festival. All the wonderful food trucks in once place so you can try it all. And of course one of our favorites, Soda Jerk with the Lemon Lavender drink. We didn’t need to worry about needing a straw since we always have our Glass Straws with us.
We were in town from Saturday through Sunday. Since the ban on plastic straws has it Seattle it was interesting to see all the different responses. Some people still had no idea. That had a lot to do with the fact that there were still a lot of plastic straws floating around. So this weekend was spent not only helping people pick out the right glass straw and case for them but also talking about single use plastic pollution.
Happy Single Use Plastic Free 2018!
Well we all hope you all had a great holiday and a happy new year. 2017 was a good year but also lots of changes for us and we are excited for 2018.
The end of 2017 was a good one and awareness about plastic straw pollution has grown. More and more people are interested in finding a plastic straw alternative and it is wonderful! So many people are joining together and making a change.
One thing we hope to accomplish this year is to pick up more trash around the community and even organize a day where others can join us. If others start to pick up trash and see just how many plastic straws are being found they will then start to think about it more. We care about this planet and we know that others do too. Sometimes we need a little bit of help to recognize what is going on so we then can do something about it. I too was a plastic straw user 5 years ago. Now, I am a glass straw lover!
Plastic straws have come to be without anyone noticing them. Paper straws used to be a thing, why not all fast food places switch to them instead? We love to work with restaurants and help them offer our glass straws as a great reusable option. Their customers love it! Our glass straws really add to their dining experience.
Looking for a way to display your Glass Straws?
Wondering how to display your glass straws? Our packaging is made so you can hang it if you have peg board but if you don’t no worries. Mason Jars work great! Or any wide mouth glass jar or vase. This store decided to add our logo onto the jars to really make it pop. If you are in Pace, FL check out Alternative Health Food Store
The picture above is from their store. Great Idea! Those are our Carrying Cases hanging underneath too.
Fall Fest at Second Use Market
Fall Fest…. THANK YOU! What a great weekend! We don’t make it out to many markets lately and sure glad that we made it to this one. We LOVE everyone involved. From the coordinators to the other vendors down to all the people that come to visit. It is amazing. This market was great for the whole family too!
Thank you to all who came and visited our booth! It was a pleasure to meet you and talk about single use plastic pollution and show you a great alternative for plastic straws. This market we didn’t have too many people come over that didn’t know about how bad the plastic pollution is. With “Strawless in Seattle” happening awareness has boomed.
It was funny because we have been doing this for over 3 years and when people would say we had perfect timing we would chuckle… More like Seattle finally had perfect timing! We are glad to be here and to be able to offer a great alternative.
Here are a few photos from our day.
Hope you come visit us next time!! It was a blast.
Much love everyone!
Go Plastic Free for the month of July!
Just signed up to go Plastic Free for the month of July with PlasticFreeJuly.Org. We couldn’t be more excited to be apart of something great! We have been doing our best to have very little plastic in our lives and no single use plastics. It is a very hard thing to do because everything in the store has plastic in one way or another. By joining PlasticFreeJuly.org we will be saving all of our plastic that is used so we can fully see what we use and how we can adjust it. Register here with PlasticFreeJuly.org!
We are excited and wanted to share this with you in hopes that you would like to join us and all the others. There is so much that can be one we just have to start making simple changes. It is the little things that add up to something huge! We can make a difference. Here is a link to PlasticFreeJuly.Org so you can check it out yourself and then sign up. 🙂
Are you still looking for Stocking Stuffers? Something that is unique and special? Looking for something handmade? Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas is fast approaching. We still can’t believe that the year is almost over. It has been a great one for us and we hope that is has been for you as well.
Our Glass Straws are great Stocking Stuffers and just the ticket! We have many styles to choose from. Classic or Smoothie, Clear or with a Custom Accent. Add on a Carrying Case and you can then take your straw on the go. Say Goodbye to plastic straws when you are out. Help reduce the 500 million plastic straws that are used daily in the US.
Our glass straws are handmade by us and inspected with love. We have the Classic 9.5mm diameter which is great for any liquid. But we also have our Smoothie size which is 12mm diameter which is awesome for smoothies, milkshakes and any thing on the thicker side.