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MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event
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A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening
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Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party

MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event

MsIndependent founder and Houston influencer- Erin Creeks, recently hosted her fourth installment of a dessert-themed  #GirlsNightOut event at the luxury apartment complex, Marq 31. Erin originally launched the event in hopes of building a collaborative community among women influencers, business owners, creatives, etc., while also providing entertainment for the guests, and supporting local women businesses. Though due to Hurricane Harvey, she turned this event into a fundraiser and donation drive for deserving families that were affected by the flooding. The event ended up raising $2,500, while donated surplus items went to the Houston Food Bank, Houston SPCA, and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

I was happy to have been able to have volunteered that evening. I worked the card signing table, along with a few other Houston influencers. We helped with greeting guests and made sure they were able to sign Thank You cards (sponsored by Postable) for first responders.

Guests were able to shop local women-owned small businesses, such as: Hotel Ylem, Luca Love, Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics, Rodan + Fields, La Verte, Burdlife, Thinking Boutique by Alicia, Shop Stevie Apparel, and eSBe Designs; grab some light bites that were provided by Ultimate Creations and Designs Catering (the pasta was delish), and have dessert at the dessert bar. Now I may be biased, but that dessert bar was so visually appealing to me. Plus, I finally had the chance to taste treats from Sweets by Belen, whom I’ve been following on IG for some time. I also sampled goodies from Cocktails & Cupcakes, LLC, Legally Sweet Treats & Confections, Sugarmomo HTX, Today She Loves, and Brookies N’ More. Kroger also sponsored a DIY ice cream bar, which featured Low Cow Lite ice cream. I also had my eyebrows touched up, thanks to Waxing the City, and a quick chair massage from WWAM Massage.

For more information on the participants of the event, go HERE. For additional images during the event, check out Si Creative Photography.

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#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

 

A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market Off Mill (or AMOM) held their Grand Opening celebration a couple months ago. It is a shared space concept that was created by Shanel Smith. Smith originally had a traveling and online boutique called Obsessed, which she started 2.5 years ago. It was a creative outlet for her to sell her repurposed vintage tees, along with other clothing from up-and-coming designers from around the country.

After doing that for some time, she felt that she wanted to plant some roots in the community. She explains further, “I knew that I needed to settle down and begin creating a solid foundation for myself, and I knew I couldn’t have done that with the traveling boutique so I begin exploring options for a retail space. To be honest, I was a little scared of pursuing that on my own, so my sister gave me the idea of having other small business owners join me and making it a shared space.  And so AMOM was born on a Sunday night sitting around the dinner table.”

She found a quaint space off Mill Avenue, and enlisted the help of several local makers to join her in the venture. Along with selling her Obsessed brand, the other makers include: Slather Botanicals, Emerge, Keep It Wild Co., Southwest Leggings, Adam Rabbit Jewelry, Bearded Lads, BÄRA, Knee Deep Denim, Iconic Cocktail Co., and Burn Candle Company. “As a small business owner, it is hard to work with other people because you feel like a lot of the people who are “helping” do it with intentions of benefitting themselves.  Sometimes it’s hard to find people who really want to help small businesses grow….well I wanted to change that.  With AMOM I wanted my fellow small business owners to know that this truly is about them, it is about helping them grow and bringing more attention to their brand and awareness to the community about small companies who previously were online only or a pop-up-shop.  This is not a business venture for myself, but a business venture for all small businesses in Arizona.  I want this to be a place they can come and grow,” Smith explained.

The Grand Opening celebration was well-attended. It was so great seeing such a welcoming community that supports small businesses. Guests were treated to cocktails (and mocktails) by Matt and Kaylee- the duo behind the famous-all-over-Phoenix Iconic Cocktail Co. Passed bites were served by Honey Bears BBQ, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to savor due to diet restrictions; however, I could tell that guests enjoyed them, as plates were empty in a matter of minutes. For dessert, there were beautifully decorated cactus cookies, succulent cupcakes, and small cakes in a cup- created by Lisa’s Boxed Kakery. Those little cake cups pack so much flavor in such a small bite!

Follow A Market Off Mill on Facebook and Instagram to check out when their workshops are, as well as other announcements.

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A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party

Strawberry Hedgehog vegan boutique in Phoenix

Phoenix’s “IT” vegan soap shop and boutique- Strawberry Hedgehog, just recently celebrated their One Year Birthday. Loyal customers and friends flocked to the store to support owner Tracy Perkins. Tracy is still a one-man show, but now has the help of a few family members and employees. All her soaps are vegan, cruelty-free, and made in small batches. The shop also carries a variety of vegan goodies from local artists and brands.

That evening, the celebration consisted of mingling; sampling some foods from area vegan restaurants, such as The Coronado, Treehouse Bakery, Volstead Public House, La Pupusarita, 24 Carrots, and Green. Everything was yummerific, as always (as Phoenix just has a “thing” for amazing food); especially the Lavender Brownies from Treehouse Bakery, and the Brussels Sprouts (forgive me, not sure which restaurant they are from). There was also a pop-up mini market, which featured some of the brands in the shop, including: Madalyn Nault Accessories, Hoshi Paper Art, Happy Kitty Ceramics, Lila Jo Love, Haus Panther, Fluffy Vegans, Spoonsen Forksen, and Jar of Buttons. Henna artist- La Luna Henna was on hand, creating beautiful masterpieces on guests. I opted for the complimentary chair massage from The Back Rub Company. I literally can’t give enough praise to the masseuse- Sonia. Let’s just say, my back LOVES you!

Congratulations Tracy on this and many more successes!

Play the slideshow below to check out more highlights from the event.

Strawberry Hedgehog

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday ~ 11-7pm

Is located at: 

1501 W. Thomas Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85015

 

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