I will be the first to admit that I don't get STUFFED ANIMALS. I never was a fan....they get dirty and they don't really do anything. I promise I am not heartless... So when Ashley got really excited about a box this week I couldn't wait to open it with her. Then there they were..."Bauer Bear, Bevin Bunny, Carly Cat, Duffy Dog, Genna Giraffe and Mocha Monkey." All fury and stuffed, just staring at me. Ashley's joy couldn't be contained. I couldn't tell if she was kidding or serious about starting a "Save The Teddy Bear" Campaign.
Soon after a trio of little kids came in and instantly gravitated toward the animals. Their faces filled with smiles, while their parents had that, "Oh no, not more stuffed animals" face. It was then that I realized the real joy of stuffed animals. They are memories. At some point or another we were given an animal by a grandparent or an aunty. At birth, babies are given their first toy which they eventually take to pre-school. They provide comfort in this sometimes scary and confusing world. I guess you could say I had an "AHHH-HAAA" moment.
I have made my peace with stuffed animals. Although I don't share the same enthusiasm as Ashley (which I am convinced she has stuffed animals piled on her bed), I am excited we have a new product in our store that can provide a new memory for someone. If those memories make people smile, then that is all that matters.
Need a gift for a cute keiki? Come in and check out these new stuffed animals from The Manhattan Toy Company.
A couple months ago Celina went into our back storage room and took out our dusty, little chalkboard. She grabbed the Second Saturday Art chalk and wrote a little something on it. I can't remember what she wrote or why she wrote it, but what I do know is our "MAUI THING CHALKBOARD" has become much more than I ever imagined.
Everyday we come into work we have a routine...turn on the lights, open the register, roll up the curtains. It is all pretty simple...The hardest job is deciding what to write on our chalkboard. Since that day, it has become a fixture on our Wailuku Town sidewalk. Iao schools students on their way home stop and read it. Lawyers in suits and ties have smiled as they headed to the courthouse. Tourists from Japan have taken photos standing next to it. Our chalkboard doesn't need to fit a certain size shirt or be a certain color, everyone can use it.
Each day someone new would come in and tell us how great our chalkboard was. Some even expressed how it changed their day or a situation. The regular passer-by would tell us how they look forward to turning the corner on Main Street to see what would be up that day. The pressure began to set in. It was like we were Guy Hagi, with everyone relying on us...
From serious to funny, our chalkboard is filled with quotes and messages that we can all relate to. We look up quotes and sometimes we make up our own. There are times where the quotes are mostly for something personal in our lives.
Usually our chalkboard is positioned outside our store. However, recent winds have battered our poor chalkboard...she is kind of falling apart. It is now displayed in our window until we can make a new one.
A little goes a long way and we couldn't be happier with the response of our chalkboard. We hope to constantly inspire people and spread good things.
‘ili scrub. It's our newest product that we're selling in the store and we are so so so excited to share it! It feels good, it smells good and it does wonders to your skin...all of it. It isn't a face scrub or a body scrub or a feed scrub...use it on all of the above! It tightens, brightens and softens. Best of all, its all natural and all Hawaii sourced.
You can find all the directions on how to use the scrub and a little background on why you should use it on the ‘ili scrub website by clicking here. We wanted to go a little deeper and meet the gal behind the product. Meet Aimee...
1. Talk about yourself a bit. Who you are, where you’re from, what you love...
I am a yogini on the island of kauai. i own a yoga studio here in kapaa and adore the opportunity to be in service and provide the space for others to discover more of who they truly are, shed and let go of what tends to hold us back and support the process of health and self discovery.
2. Why did you start ‘ili scrub? And why coffee?
there are lots of scrubs out there and while doing some research i unraveled some ugly information on whats inside the mainstream market scrubs. tiny microbeads made of plastic that seep into our water ways and make their way into the bellies of harmless marine life. plastic is forever, once it washes down the drain is goes on to live a very long life of over 1,000 years .we use 100% organic essential oils, no perfumes and artificial fragrances found here.
and we at 'ili wanted to provide a scrub that used only biodegradable ingredients. being so close to our waters here in hawaii and honoring all that they provide us as conscious entrepreneurs its up to us to develop sustainable, mindful, resourceful products.
3. Where is the coffee from?
all of our coffee is local and is a hawaiian blend.
4. What’s your hopes and dreams for the future of ‘ili scrub?
with the many distractions of today - being buried in our iphones and addicted to the social media updates we wanted to send and share a message of self care. taking a little extra time for ones self. self love and appreciation doesnt have to be an overt action, its in the little things. from a yogic background its customary to come to the mat clean. i saw a correlation between shedding old ideas and concepts, rigid places in our body to shedding old, dead skin.
5. What’s your “Maui Thing”
hands down, hana.
CHEERS TO SIX YEARS! It is our anniversary next month, and we are so excited to celebrate! The Maui Thing Circus will take place on July 4 at Wailuku First Friday! The "to do list" is long, but we are slowly checking things off. The store is looking "circusy" as we begin to get in the mood. We made these amazing fabric flags and had to share with our Maui Thing 'ohana.
We think our flags are AWESOME! They add the perfect touch to our circus decor. We also plan on using them for parties and other Maui Thing events!
A couple weeks ago we needed some decorations for our tent at the Seabury Craft Fair. Like always we think...cheap, cute, stylish, easy to transport and fun! We wanted to use flowers in some way. Then we thought it would be cute to put them in light bulbs! Sounded easy at the time, but this one turned out to be a little more difficult then we planned. I had no idea how many different types of light bulbs there were. It was a little overwhelming. We chose GE CRYSTAL CLEAR BULBS ($6 for three-pack). You can also use any old bulbs around your house. The ones we chose were definitely the most stylish and unique. Clear, round and sturdy.
My light bulb knowledge is very minimum. I thought I could easily unscrew something and that would be it! Ha...oh that was definitely not the case! The next step requires gloves, eye protection and cutters! Please be careful when cutting the top of the lightbulbs. You need to trim the tops and take out the filament. Be patient..we definitely broke a couple:).
Once this was complete we hot glued twine around the tops. Make it to your desired length. Let it dry and then fill your bulb with water and add your flower or plant of choice. We had lots of people asking to buy them at our event! They are now hanging in our beautiful store!