SFS Contest submission: Nonesuch Garden

Setting out on a mission to “rekindle the imagination and wonder within us all”, Megan Baehr, the creator behind Nonesuch Garden, submitted this behind-the-scenes video for our SFS Contest.

View all of her whimsical and adorable creations at: http://shop.nonesuchgarden.com

Welcome Lucie Bodie

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re shaking Support Fort up a bit. We’re welcoming another new addition, Lucie Bodie, to the team. Lucie has some serious coding chops and is ready to answer any and all questions you throw her way.

A Southern girl through and through, Lucie’s spent most of her years calling New Orleans home. She had a brief stint in Chicago, where she attended culinary school and worked her magic in a few restaurants around the city. Her passion shifted from cooking to wine and she spent years cultivating her knowledge before delving head-first into the world of freelance web design. What better way to blend those two world’s than designing sites for a few of her favorite Chefs ( Falkner, Freitag). She’s still a foodie and wine enthusiast at heart, but now you can find her casually enjoying the two at home with her family in North Carolina.

Lucky for you (and us), she’s bringing her hard-working spirit and technical knowledge to our team and we know she’s going to be a great asset to our already stellar Support Fort. Welcome, Lucie!

SFS Contest submission: Chapz

The SFS contest showed us just how clever you can be when it comes to documenting and promoting your hard work. We’ll be showcasing our favorites over the next 2 weeks, leading up to the announcement of the winners on Feb. 24th. We’ll kick things off here with this amazing effort from the fellas at Chapz Clobber, contender for the submission with the best name.

Shop the full line of handmade bucket hats at: chapzclobber.bigcartel.com

Vanessa starts a social experiment

For her Employee Art Grant, our trusty office manager, Vanessa decided to embark on a social experiment, by leaving letters for strangers and asking them to respond in some way, either by answering questions included in the envelope or sending along whatever they’d like. So far, she’s distributed letters in Utah, Kansas, New York and mailed letters to friends and strangers to help distribute in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, and California.

Read people’s written responses, see where letters have been left and follow along as the project unfolds here and here. And, hey, if you want to get involved, shoot her an email.

Welcome Andy Borsz

The Big Cartel family continues to grow as we’ve just added Andy Borsz to our team of developers. A studious practitioner of agile software development, we’re beyond excited to be adding his expertise to our dev team.

As a bona fide nomad, Andy grew up all over. He called Brooklyn home for eight years and just relocated to Chicago by way of Jacksonville during the Polar Vortex of 2014. An experimental music lover and musician, you can find him destroying the sound of his guitar in the duo Slasher Risk, or revamping and readying his bus conversion for international touring adventures.

Let’s all give Andy the warmest of welcomes, as we couldn’t be happier to have him joining our ranks.

Rails Girls course in Salt Lake City

On March 21st, Rails Girls is coming to SLC by way of Big Cartel with help from some of our favorite friends, Freshly Picked, and CityHome Collective. Getting more women into programming is a big deal to us - and with this free course, we take a big step to make that happen. So ladies, no matter your skill level, you can come to this fun course and leave with your own bonafide web app that YOU built - from the ground up - with your own beautiful brain.

The course is totally free, you just need a laptop and, well, you! Space is limited so apply now to be considered for Rails Girls SLC.

For full information and to apply, visit railsgirls.com/slc

Welcome Chris Brozek

We’re shifting and shaking up our Support Fort a bit, but it’s taking nice shape with the latest addition to our Big Cartel team, Chris Brozek. Chris has a long history of being the most patient soul in the world, so he can tenderly handle just about any issue you send his way.

His story is a familiar one ‘round these parts. Chris is married to our own Anna, and the two of them owned a record shop in SLC that once employed our office manager, Vanessa. So you could say his addition to the BC team is a reunion of sorts, and we’re happy to now be the home of this indie-loving trifecta. Be sure to contact Chris if you need any help and welcome him to the team while you’re at it.

Big Cartel art class with CUAC

Our last art class with CUAC was such an adorable success that we’re doing it again. If you’re in Utah and the parent of a lil’ one, mark your calendar for January 28 at 4pm. We’ll be at the Salt Lake City Main Library teaching, playing, and laughing with kids (ages 3-12) while learning about icons and symbols. Join us »

2013 recap

We took a little extra time to crunch the numbers, and turns out 2013 was a pretty great year for Big Cartel shops. Keeping it short, sweet, and sexy - our year end recap shows off how incredibly badass all 450,000+ of our stores really are. We love you all!

View our 2013 recap »

Checkout 1.1 iPhone update

Selling in person requires some finesse - and the right tools. With Big Cartel Checkout you are automatically hooked up with your online store to sell in person, take cash or credit card payments, all in sync with your inventory and stats. So today we are pretty stoked for our update to add some more tools to your in-person sales.

Discounts - We wanted to it as simple as possible to offer discounts. Now you can add a discount to any order in seconds and see it update the total in real time. Perfect for when you’re having a sale or when an old friend comes by to make a purchase.

Tax - When you’re selling in person at a market or retail shop or event - municipalities almost always require you charge sales tax. So we’ve made tax a setting in the options panel of Checkout (the gear icon) to help you collect exactly what you need. Set the tax percentage once and it will be added to all subsequent orders. You can always head back to the options panel and change it to reflect any new rates.

Credit Card Identification - Now when you start typing in a customer’s credit card number, Big Cartel Checkout auto-detects what kind of card it is. We even show you an icon of the card to make sure things are working properly.

In addition to these three features we’ve packed in a slew of stability and speed enhancements to help you stay ahead of the curve. As always, if you have any feedback please drop us a note in the app. (Settings > Email a question)