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Giveaway :: Hello Holiday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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While there is nothing wrong with shopping mass market (we don’t want to be hypocrits, after all) our hearts here at the BSP lay with independent every day of the week. Couple that with the ability to shop online (while wearing pajamas and eating ice cream) and this is one happy lady right here. As a gift to you, our community, we wanted to share a treasure of a find with you.

Megan Hunt and Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik co-founded online shopping site, Hello Holiday, in an effort to combine their talents and passions with a way to make a living. This energy alone is enough to keep me looking but the true meat of Hello Holiday is the fashion. With a focus on new and emerging designers, the carefully curated selections make Hello Holiday a must-see destination when looking for your latest fashion splurge. Personally, I’ve got a bit of an obsession with this dress happening. And since sunglasses are my new thing (don’t ask), the Sunglasses of the Month subscription is tailor made for me. What about you, friends? How does Hello Holiday strike your fancy?

Hello Holiday is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 2nd.
Please visit Hello Holiday and tell us: If resources were unlimited, what business would you start and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    I would start a campaign to end of hunger. I would focus on one large city, like Boston, and I would create a multi-year plan to get the community involved in every aspect of ending hunger for everyone in the community. I really believe that the best way to solve society’s problems is at the local level – neighbors taking care of each other.

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    Alison S says:

    A store that sells tea & candy, in bulk!

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    Susie says:

    This is something I’ve often given much thought to. I’ve got this idea, and just would need to get the human resources together to start it off. My formal education is in business, I went back to school to teach, and am now happily creating art. What I’ve discovered during my journey is that many artists (or creators, designers, etc.) do not like nor want to deal with the numbers and business side of their craft. I would love to develop an affordable resource for artists, consulting I suppose, where we’d set them up with proper licenses, teach them what state and federal filings need to be done, and develop software to automate their inventory and sales tracking, It’s this huge black hole out there that every individual seems to have to figure out on their own! Instead of everyone reinventing the wheel, why not pool resources into one concise package. Then artists can then focus on being artists! Sure there are lawyers and accountants that can somewhat help, but they can be costly, and they don’t always know the ins and outs of working as a small independent artist. I would love to bridge this gap!

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    Kate B says:

    As a freelance graphic designer, I’m already working in my dream job, but if I were to start something completely different, without fear of failure, it would probably be something with food. I love to cook and bake for my friends and I would love to be able to share that with more people. I don’t have the details (and I know restaurants are risky, which is why this is a dream-scenario, hee), but I’d be excited to supply baked goods and sweets to local restaurants, or to one day open my own place with a focus on delicious, comforting vegetarian fare.

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve always wanted to open a clothing boutique that also sold baked goods. I have no idea why other than it’s the collision of both my major passions. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it sounds. I think I’ll stick with my current business but I would love to expand to clothing.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    A company that converts yards to produce gardens. We are in a drought, so that water shortage is a major issue right now. 

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    Heidi says:

    I’ve always wanted to open a floral shop! Being surrounded by blooms everyday would be heavenly 🙂

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    ren says:

    i’d open a bookstore that only sells books i like. self-centered? yep. foolish? probably. but i’d be able to share the books that too often get overlooked in favor of shiny press releases or celebrity endorsement.

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I would love to have my own simple little diner that served out of this world pancakes and pie.  My family owned one for a good part of my life, and it was always my mom’s dream.  I would absolutely love to do it if funds were not an issue!

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    Noma says:

    I would start a natural skin care line for people with sensitive skin. When I was in middle school I had the most HORRIBLE acne! Nothing I could find was working, and at my lowest point a particular soap made my skin literally begin peeling. Because my face was so raw following this, I first only washed my face with water. I then upgraded to milk. Then when my skin got a little better, I began adding essential oils at mild concentrations. Long story short, I became really good at making mild but effective soaps, lotions, masks, and scrubs that did not irritate my skin. To this day, I still use my own concoctions and make some for my whole family! This would be my go to business idea.

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    Susanna B. says:

    I have too many answers to this question! I would start a native landscaping company that would design and install gardens using native plants. Or I would open a bakery with my husband because he makes amazing bread and sweets. Or I would start a brewery because we are homebrewers and that is every homebrewer’s dream. Also we’d love to start a food truck!! Too many dreams!

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    Amie A says:

    I would start a non-profit to assist children of inmate parents, providing financial services and mentoring programs.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Oh man. What a thought provoking question! I would love to (in a dream world) start a program like they have in Finland for new babies. Each baby receives a box that can be used as a safe place to sleep. It is filled to the brim with almost everything a baby needs in the first year of life. A snow suit, cloth diapers, very cute clothes and so much more. Every baby deserves to start life on equal ground. This way all a parent needs to give the baby is massive the amount of love that they deserve.

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    Elizabeth says:

    My “unlimited resources” would first and foremost include a partner (or two) in crime.  My whole life I’ve wanted to be a textile designer – my great grandmother was one!  However, to make that dream happen, I need not only money to get it going, but people who have other expertise and passions that will hem in my faults.  Secretly, I really want to be an artist – to spend my days slaving away making things beautiful.  So my unlimited resourced would include a place I could create — and a team that could mediate between my creations and the world – getting things out for me and publicizing, selling, everything else.  As a bonus, they would also offer great advice and know when something I make is not lovely.  🙂

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I always wanted to open a special coffee shop in my home town so that all my friends and family could hang out and have coffee in cozy little shop.

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    Courtney J says:

    I know there are already so many businesses, especially little independent ones, but I’d love to start a letterpress business…Maybe not printing words, but images that first began as doodles! Think of the colors and patterns! Maybe we could print in glitter…but not in a kitschy way.

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    Nikki says:

    A women’s clothing boutique that sells reasonably priced to high end clothes in sizes 10-24.  Well made and well fitting underclothes, comfortable and stylish shoes, beautiful accessories.  Like the shops found in Montecito, Carmel, Cambria, but with larger sizes tailored for bodies–not shapeless and boxy like larger sized clothes usually are.  I am often so frustrated when shopping and I work in a consignment clothing store and hear other women express their frustrations with shopping, clothes, and even their own bodies.  Clothes should be fun!  And NOT prohibitively expensive!  I am not exactly plus-sized but at 5’9″ with a 91/2 size shoe and an XL shape due to my body frame and shape even when my weight is down to 140lbs (which is THIN for me) I have a hard time finding clothes and feel like I have to work at expressing myself in an attractive and stylish way with clothes.  I would love to be able to fill this need, all bodies are “difficult” to dress and I would love to over beautiful things in a charming and interesting store!

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    Syd says:

    Free and easy community is extremely important to me – the ability to have anyone participate for zero cost and to be able to learn something from one another. Whether that means providing a space, location, or time to draw people together, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what resources you have; you depend on the community to assist you in ways that you are unable to provide for yourself – demonstrating love in very tangible ways. I don’t know what that means yet ‘business’ wise, but some things can’t be quantified. 

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    Rebecca says:

    I would start a film company that would commission talented young writers, producers, filmmakers and designers to make documentaries about people, culture and the environment. Part of this would be training and education for the young writers, designers etc demonstrating how to pitch ideas, how to tell an interesting story, and how to technically go about producing a short film or documentary. It would offer connections, mentoring, experience, technical and life skills. And produce really interesting documentaries that people want to see! 

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    Kat D.R. says:

    I would love to own a toy store.  Toys make me so happy, and I love watching kids play.  Sometimes, I think I have just as much fun with my toddler’s toys as he does, if not more.  

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    Roxanne Day says:

    If I could start a business with unlimited funds, I would want to start an activity center in low income areas. Like a community center that we are familiar with, but I would really like to teach the kids new sports and activities like Olympic lifting, power lifting, and other empowering physical things. 

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    Karin says:

    A restaurant. My husband is a chef and we have always wanted our own place but the risk is so high! 

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    Faye says:

    If resources were unlimited, I think I’d start a business that carried only American, union made goods and locally grown and crafted goods. Products made in America using union labor are more expensive  and therefore overlooked by consumers. Local goods are often seen as kitschy, which is hardly the case. Since most Americans, especially the Midwest, have limited options for shopping, it would be helpful to have a small boutique that carried union made or locally crafted goods.

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    Samantha S says:

    Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to own and run a cafe/bookstore. I’d probably put it in a little college town, and open it up for studying, events, and jazz and classical concerts. All the drinks would have quirky philosophy-themed names, and some of my profits would go to humanitarian aid, particularly food relief. The little cafe (tentative name: Beans of Production) would become a place for the community to gather.

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    rachel says:

    I love the cat coffeeshops that are springing up. I’d also have my own bakery/bookstore.

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    Alecia K says:

    I would love to work at the city level, incorporating sustainable practices in food production and development into urban design and implementation.

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    Melissa says:

    I would love to have a stationary boutique. I have always dreamed of having a store front and offering a little luxury through every day items and small gifts. 

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    Amber Keller says:

    Business? I would start an art bar. “Arts & Craft Beers”, maybe. At our opening we would have our guests do a collaboration mural on all of the walls. During our business hours, we would have easels, canvases, paints, drawing tools, etc. so that anyone could come in and create while having a drink or four. We would have certain themed nights, sometimes including live music, maybe bodypainting and photographers could use it as a studio. Every so often, we would have an event to repaint the walls. I’ve thought about making it a coffee shop in the morning/afternoon as well (Artists tend to love coffee and/or booze). Then we could bring in kids and teenagers to create as well, maybe some sort of program for underprivileged or troubled. 

    If this question could apply to organizations, I would start the “ART-V”. It would be a renovated RV where I travel across the States making art and dropping it off with the homeless. My idea in this was to a) bring more awareness that this is truly some peoples’ lives, b) hopefully spur more money than just random change from givers since they’d be taking a piece of art home, and c) change peoples’ hearts, even if just a little. The one who brought home a piece of art will be reminded of that person that they helped. Giving to a charity is wonderful… but when you have that personal interaction, something can change inside of you. I have been thinking of growing a garden on the top/outside of the RV as well, and if that would be successful, I would share my produce with the homeless as well. I could also set up different classes with the underprivileged kids/teens teaching them to paint/draw or even garden!

    We’ll see. 🙂

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    Mary Beth says:

    I would build a new home with a HUGE kitchen, a small living area, and 2 bedrooms. I’d hold cooking classes and have great chefs and cooks come teach classes.

    I can’t win because I’m Megan’s mom…..but I wanted to say you all have GREAT ideas! I can’t wait to see them all “happen”!

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    Jessica says:

    A little tea shop by where I live in Baltimore. One where you choose your own tea cup, find a comfy couch and spend and afternoon relaxing with friends. We would have scones, and pastries, and tiny adorable sandwiches. And hats and costume jewelry for special occasions!

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    Kristen H. says:

    Totally frivolous, but I would move back to Alaska and open a cupcake/coffee drive through with my sisters. Because really, is there anything better that cupcakes and coffee? 

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    Monica Borge says:

    I would love to open my own local, organic, and natural grocery story! I am a health nut and love cooking and cooking/providing to other people. With a grocery store I could do that with tons of people. I would also provide cooking, gardening, and healthy living classes. I also want to have a little cafe in there as well. My dream would be to make this a place for a community. Somewhere that people feel great to be at. I want people to feel like it is an extension of their kitchen in a sense.

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    Jen H. says:

    I would love to start a healthy, locally-sourced food/ingredient delivery system. We recently tried the boxed-ingredient delivery program Plated and while I love the concept, I don’t love the price and I would much rather have my ingredients sourced locally and support local farms/businesses.

    So basically I (or, you know, a chef or someone with formal cooking experience) would prepare a meal plan for the week based on the good, fresh, in-season local ingredients. And then we put those meals up on our site and our members can choose which ones they want to make. Then we go out and source the ingredients, package it all up and deliver it to your doorstep with all of the instructions you need to make it!

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    I would start a ‘wild plants’ farm! 🙂

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    I would continue to invest in my artisan business and make more jewelry and collages to send into happy homes. Of course I would wear Hello Holiday to my art fairs so I can promote their business while growing mine.

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    angie norman says:

    I would start a local business or non profit to teach people how to cook healthy and delicious meals on a limited budget, resources or food stamps or from food pantry items. I would work with government programs to offer this as an option when signing up for health care or assistance.  

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    Anna says:

    I would create a business that allows low income families to get organic and sustainable food at a lower cost. I would also offer classes on nutrition and show the children how to garden their own plants. 

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    Champ says:

    I would love to start a coffee shop venue type of place, where I can feature local artist of all types. 

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    Megan says:

    I would start a library in an area that lacks access to information and resources. Maybe not a business, but as a librarian, that’s what I would use my knowledge for. 

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    Sarah Perry says:

    I would start after school clubs for girls to foster self esteem and school unity. The public elementary schools in my area lack good after school groups, and I think young girls in particular need guidance from cool older ladies!

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    Gini says:

    I would open a cookbook and food culture bookstore. I have lots of thoughts and plans for this that I shan’t divulge….hoping to make it my next career in the next five years!

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    Brooke Masek says:

    Funds were unlimited? I’d start a gallery and small plates eatery (with a good craft cocktail menu) with a social conscious that blends good food and cuisine with the arts. We’d have regular dining hours, openings, cooking classes, and outreach, both offsite and on, to get kids and adults both engaged in the culinary and fine arts, blending the best of both worlds. I’d be housed in one of the older buildings in Omaha in an effort to promote historic preservation of our cultural and architectural heritage. DREAM BIG OR GO HOME, right? 

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    Rachael Vacanti says:

    I’d start a company called Real.  Where you can find real things, for real people.  Like size 29/32 jeans for teenage boys.  It would have classic purses that real women can use without worrying about color.  They would also be sturdy.  I would have clothes, accessories, a lot of shoes, and classic things that keep getting remade when all you really want is the classic version of it.  I’d have a website, but also a brick and mortar store so you can actually try things on.  That’s what I’d create.  Simple, Real, Life.

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    Brittan Dunham says:

    A chain of repertory cinemas that show 35mm film, a circulation library of film prints for them to use, and a lab to manufacture film and strike all the prints I want. I actually have a business plan for part of this and think about it constantly but the resources don’t exist. 🙁 

    Also I LOVE HELLO HOLIDAY!

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    Lara Gustafson says:

    I would love to be able to do my mixed media art as a full-time, actually money making business. It’s gotten to the point where I’m going to start leaving pieces of art randomly for people to find, just so I can create without filling my house up with random bits. 

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    Heather Sticka says:

    I would start an artists studio complex that offers free classes taught by the residents. I would advertise heavily in low income areas and have the classes be a part of the artists’ leases. There would also be a large gallery where wedding receptions could be had on the weekends to help cover costs. 

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    Ryan Syrek says:

    Such an easy answer for me: A movie production company tailored towards increasing the number of films WRITTEN, DIRECTED, and PRODUCED by women. I wouldn’t even want to play that active of a role, just mostly looking over scripts. I guarantee we’d have top talent knocking the door down to get on board. I cannot even imagine the number of new voices that would support and the number of acting careers that would be resurrected. Plus, seeing as how women have bought more movie tickets and accounted for movie audiences more than men for the last 2 decades, it’s actually a straight-up smart business move too. So there you go.

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    Wehaf says:

    I would offer low-cost, intensive academic tutoring from pre-K through college levels.  Improving education lifts everyone from the ground up.

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    Amy W. says:

    I would like to run a charter school that can teach students without the worries about high stake testing.

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    Rialeigh says:

    I would love to start my own eyewear boutique. I imagine it as a unique space where I can bring some awesome indie eyeglasses designers in and also be able to showcase local artwork.