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buyer from a large
home
goods online
store company was
a big one! Especially
for a business like
mine that is still
relatively small.
What are your plans
for the future of
your business?
I would like to
expand my product
line and venture
into new markets. I
have many ideas and
things I would like to share, and being at the show
proved to me that there is a market that is ready to
receive what my brand has to offer.
ACTUALLY CURIOUS
Michael Tennant, owner. www.actuallycurious.com
How did the Shoppe Object BLMAI program help
your brand?
Actually Curious getting into the BLMAI program in
2020 was a phenomenal affirmation of what we were
doing and an economically fortuitous opportunity. We
were able to meet key retailers that were on our dream
list and also build community with other makers large
and small, as well as
our BLMAI peers.
What did exhibiting at
Shoppe Object do for
your business?
The first year, we
met
and received
Actually Curious orders
from Urban Outfitters,
the Moma Museum and
Miraval Resort. These
are still key partners
for us today. The BLMAI program helped us move from
an obscure brand that those in the know love, to a cult
following on the radar of the top buyers in the U.S.
What advice would you give to other makers trying to
get started in the gift and home industry?
Be consistent, listen to everything you're told, then
follow your gut to what feels most right. We become
makers so we can spend our time doing what we love.
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How did the Shoppe Object
BLMAI program help your
brand?
House Dogge is a modern
lifestyle brand for dogs and
their people with a unique
and purposeful point of view.
The BLMAI program allowed me to share this modern
sustainable concept to buyers in the retail spaces where
I see the product existing successfully.
I believe diversity inspires innovation. The BLMAI
program highlighted the importance of diversity and
small brand exposure.
Finally, the opportunity allowed House Dogge to
But staying in the game requires resilience, a low ego
and a willingness to be coachable. With those elements
and a strong product, you're bound to break through to
your audience.
What was the most unexpected connection you made at
Shoppe Object?
The most unexpected connection was with the
SPYSCAPE Times Square. SPYSCAPE is a contemporary
experiential museum in New York City which aims
to inspire people to discover their own superpowers
through spy and superhero narratives. Actually Curious
totally makes sense there, but we never would have
caught
that relationship had they not found us at
Shoppe Object.
What are your plans
for the future of your
business?
in
We've really honed
priority
on
our
target audience that
we call " empathetic
leaders. " We've done
a great job getting
Actually Curious out to
where they shop, and
featured in the publication that they read and trust. Now
we will do a better job of providing entertainment and
personal value in their social feeds and inbox, teaching
them how to use Actually Curious to live a happier
and more fulfilling life with the people that matter to
them most.
HOUSE DOGGE
Angela Medlin, owner.
www.housedogge.com
http://www.actuallycurious.com http://www.housedogge.com

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