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HOMA STUDIOS
Altarik Banks, owner.
www.homastudios.com
AALIYAH MAKONI
Aaliyah Makoni, owner. www.aaliyahmakoni.com
How did the Shoppe Object BLMAI
program help your brand?
This program gave my brand
the opportunity to expand our
wholesale business, see some of the
best products in the gift and home market,
connect with industry people, and really gave us the
confidence to start exhibiting at Trade Shows. A few
thousand dollars to exhibit at a trade show can scare so
many small businesses away, but trust me it's worth it -
especially in the long run.
What did exhibiting at Shoppe
Object do for your business?
I feel like the type of products
we produce at Homa is hard
to really grasp online. So it
allowed so many retailers and
industry people to actually see
it, touch it and feel it.
What advice would you give to
other makers trying to get started in the gift and
home industry?
I would say start and keep going. Don't expect success
overnight - it's a long journey. I would ask them the
question: In an industry with so many options to
choose from - what makes your story stand out?
How are your products different? And last but
not least, don't be afraid to charge the actual price
your items are worth.
What was the most unexpected connection you
made at Shoppe Object?
I was able to acquire a retail account for a showroom
that I really admire.
What are your plans
for the future of your
business?
We are currently
exploring different
areas of the home
space and different
materials. We are
hoping to exhibit some
glassware and possibly
some small furniture at
the upcoming Shoppe
Object 2023.
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How did the Shoppe
Object BLMAI program
help your brand?
The Shoppe Object
program has
BLMAI
helped my brand a
great deal. In 2019, I
applied to be a part of
the Shoppe Object show
but quite unfortunately
couldn't afford it.
However, this program
made it possible for me
to attend the Shoppe
Object show in 2022, and with that came exposure for
my brand as well as the opportunity to network with
other creative entrepreneurs, which further assisted in
creating awareness of my brand.
What did exhibiting at Shoppe Object do for
your business?
Outside of increasing sales for my business,
showcasing at the Shoppe Object show has placed my
business in the sights of magazine editors, retail store
buyers, distributors and customers - and all under one
roof. Something that would have otherwise taken me
months, or even years, to achieve was
done in three days. My product was
featured in a publication with a
readership of over 27 million, and
that was as a result of exhibiting
at Shoppe Object.
What advice would you give to
other makers trying to get started in
the gift and home industry?
I would definitely encourage them to keep the end
goal in mind. If their goal is to have and run a big
successful business, then they should begin to operate
and think as such from the onset of their business. I
encourage them to prepare for growth because with
a great product, determination and hardwork, it will
eventually come. Stay ready so you don't have to get
ready as they say, and this is a lesson I am learning the
hard way.
What was the most unexpected connection you made at
Shoppe Object?
In all honesty, it was all unexpected. I never expected
nor anticipated the amazing reception we received
at the show. However, being approached by a senior
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