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Mini-documentary with Saucesome

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Meet Cory and Ryan, the guys behind Saucesome: a small company born when two traveling musicians bonded over Mexican food, and—finding that musical notes and flavors had quite a lot in common—partnered to craft the perfect hot sauce.

We’re completely humbled that after 8 years and 500 thousand stores, we’re still the right solution for pals like Cory Gray and Ryan Stively to follow a passion and try something new. We especially loved investigating their process, learning how they got started, and figuring out how to make their lives a little easier.

So sit back, grab a burrito, and hit play. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the hot sauce.

Consumption is easy. Creation is hard.
– Matt Donovan, 30 Days Before Sunrise

The Firebird Tutu

The Firebird Tutu is an incredibly well made short film by Brent Rowland about the meticulous process behind making a ballet costume. It doesn’t take owning a sewing machine to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the designer David Heuvel’s work.

Have you heard about Kano? It’s a computer designed so that anyone, anywhere can make it. Kano’s mission is simple: to give young people - and the young at heart - a simple, fun way to make and play with technology, and take control of the world around them. Definitely something we can get behind.

Get in on the magic and pre-order a kit now »

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We’re not doing this for the money. It’s never been about that, and it’s very likely never going to be about that for any of us. We’re doing it because we believe in it, and because we think it has value.
Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, as heard on The Art Show podcast »

New Field Guide: Custom Domain

We’ve launched a new guide to help walk you through the wonderful world of custom URLs. A custom domain takes your brand from yourstore.bigcartel.com to yourstore.com, creates a professional first impression, and is one of the best ways to stake your claim on the internet.

Ready to get started? Our latest field guide will give you specific tips on where to purchase your new domain, and the simplest way to connect it to your Big Cartel shop. All that’s really left is to enjoy the new home that you’ve made for your business.

Read the new field guide now »

We just discovered Voices of Industry and are in awe of their story, inspirations and dedication to their craft. Creator and owner, Adele Stafford, is fiercely passionate about every aspect of the product creation, from meeting the farmers who grow the cotton, to maintaining the looms she uses to weave the fabric.

Read their full feature over at Cool Hunting »

The Art Show: Episode 5

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Passionate music-lovers that we are, it was only a matter of time before we sat down with a musician for some real talk on our podcast. For Episode 5, we invited Jonathan Meiburg, frontman and co-founder of the band Shearwater, to chat with us and he happily obliged. From extremely candid thoughts on the current state of the music industry, to suggestions on the best ways to actually support musicians you love, Meiburg clears up some common misconceptions surrounding what it means to consume and support music, as well as exist as a musician, in these modern times.

Shop roundup

You don’t have to be a resident of New York City to appreciate the fine and quirky offerings from University of Brooklyn. Our current fave: Be Amaze-y Patch

The cheery and colorful cards offered by Ma and Grandy make us feel like throwing confetti in the air. Our current fave: Baby You Are A Work Of Art Card

The clean and thoughtful designs by This is Paper echo Big Cartel’s values: they make or find items that stand out from the mass-produced crowd. Our current fave: Beans Black Rucksack

We like the “cool girl” vibe epitomized by Falcon Wright's conversation-starting accessories. Our current fave: Yellow Leather Clutch with Desert Print

Need some inspiration in your home? Try Secret Holiday & Co. for something special to warm up your walls. Our current fave: "Be Brave" Banner