This past week was the first one back after an almost two week hiatus from the NYC life and work grind that was filled with holidays and celebrations. The “New Year” has officially started and in the last few days, I had the pleasure of meeting with some exciting new businesses and entrepreneurs to chat with them about their strategic goals for 2015 and catch up. A few were friends and family, and a few were new connections and possible clients (fingers crossed!). I’m excited to share and tell you a bit about their companies below – they’re too good to keep to myself…
Read Notebooks, an endeavor of Aaron Kinnari, of Aviator Media and my former colleague at The Clinton Global Initiative, is an amazing social good e-commerce company aiming to provide access to books for children. With the purchase of a beautiful Read Notebooks custom designed notebook, a storybook gets donated to a child in need. In a way it’s a “buy a book (notebook), give a book (storybook)” model that is unique and a great concept that everyone should get behind.
My sister recently launched Market and Luxe, a marketplace for luxury goods at an affordable price. Tired of seeing trend accessories and pieces marked way way up at retail and online locations, she set out to curate an online boutique that stocks fun everyday accessories with reasonable price tags. My favorites are currently the gold lip earrings and the silver pave button studs. But, miniature gold and rhinestone studded pineapple post earrings for spring/summer? Yes please! Stay tuned for her housewares and entertaining collections coming soon.
Pop Productions by Miraya Berke is founded by Ms. Berke whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Blogshop and getting to know in the past year or so. Pop Productions is a consulting and full service event (more hackathons and idea summits, less weddings and bridal showers) production company based in NYC. In planning an event or working with a vendor to do so, good customer service is KEY to a seamless and flawless one, and Miraya does not miss a beat.