This is the fun and thankful part. : )
Thanks for putting up with my honesty session in Part 1 of the recap. Today we'll be looking into the future of 2016 and getting pumped up for so many GOOD things! But! First things first for this round of "saying goodbye". I'd like to start by thanking you, our MBC customer. You treat us so well and we are truly, truly thankful for all of your support this past year. Seriously- our customers are the BEST! Secondly I would like to thank my Landlord and his team of wonderful people. Without their insanely gracious and awesome love this year we would not be where we are... literally. I mean literally. We've been very blessed with the opportunity to be in our beautiful 3500 square foot warehouse because of their efforts. The MBC Girls and I have felt like goddess's this past year... well taken care of and I cannot find a word that ultimately describes our gratitude. Thank you Brian, Jason, Hilary, Cody and Gina. We LOVE YOU and are forever grateful! By the way, if anyone is looking for warehouse space- come check out the Micro 7 Community! We'd love to be your neighbor!! Call Gina Wertz, Realtor in Sonora.
Aren't collaborations the funnest? Don't you just love when you see two brands come together to produce something special? I definitely do. This year we are teaming up with our friends at Farm To Kids! "FTK" is a one-for-one almond company. For every pound of almonds they sell, a pound is given to a needy child in the U.S. We are lucky enough to reside close to their headquarters and also call them friends. We will be partnering with Farm To Kids and sponsoring classrooms all across our great nation! Farm To Kids provides "clean fuel" in the form of raw almonds and The Mason Bar Company provides tumblers for clean, free, filtered water to students. To help us on our journey to providing better heath to our youth you can purchase our collaborative boxes that include the highest quality, natural California almond and an MBC 24 ounce Tumbler- both of these are nicely packaged in a pretty box for $24.95. For every box sold, a child will be sponsored. Launching January 5th!
Etsy! I know I have some die-hards reading this post... Etsy is the mecca of all things awesome, correct? It's established itself as the epicenter of possibility and greatness to all who crave an entrepreneurial lifestyle by means of creating, selling, crafting and making. Etsy is where I got my start and I've always said that I will forever be grateful to the Marketplace for its genius because it changed my life. I've decided to go back to my "homeland" and re-invent our MBC Etsy Shop. Here's the new write up on our Etsy "About" page- it will explain the new look and purpose...
This is My Story
I have had the thrill of taking an idea, birthing it and watching it grow into a global trend. My name is Bobbi and I sold the very first Mason Jar Tumbler here on Etsy in 2011. This is my story...
In the spring of 2011, my soul had been aching for a career that would bring me joy and "spark" as I like to call it. You know, the spark that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning! As I searched for a niche, a special something that I could call my own, I held on the the bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 that says, " For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.". I had these words on repeat in my head and on my lips for six months and then my baby was born... my Mason Bar baby, here on the beautiful platform of Etsy- four years ago. Without knowing if anyone was even going to like my idea, I knew I had to give it a chance... I couldn't NOT try. That leap of faith has turned into a journey so special that I cannot keep it to myself- it must be shared with the world and this is the best way I know how to do just that.
After much thought and several epiphanies, here we are! The MBC Supply Shop is here for you because I know that with the joy this business has brought me, it can be yours as well. I've realized the past four years that we live in a very, very big world and there is room for all of us to thrive. There's nothing more fulfilling to me than to know that my silly little idea has not only provided for my family but for many others as well. The shop will supply you with the quality tools and accessories you need to either run a successful mason jar business, raise funds for your child's school or be your go-to when hosting an event.
Cheers! For we never know what tomorrow may bring. Keep your mind open and put a smile on your face because anything is possible. May your life story be one of courage and moxie!
With Gratitude and Spark,
It's been heavy on my heart to take a leap of faith into something bigger than myself and I believe this is it. This is new territory for MBC and it's a bit scary but I don't want to look back on my life and wonder if I could have done more. Since MBC has been such a beautiful part of my life- how can I keep it to myself? I can't. The Etsy shop will be structured in such a way that is honest and fair to our wholesale customers and will have guidelines for buyers. I'm really excited about this new venture - it's going to be explosive!
Lastly, we are working with a new source (disclosure coming soon) for our leather that will allow us to manufacture outside of our warehouse. This is a really big deal for us... Annie has physically cut and snapped every single cuff that has ever been produced! Due to the increase of sales it's necessary that we mass produce and believe me- we'll be supporting wonderful people all across the globe as well as here in the U.S. to bring you the same high quality and ethically made MBC cuffs. It's going to be awesome!!!
Our Friends at The Global Belief Project are always on the forefront of our minds and hearts so you can expect to see some campaigns this year that will directly support and give to their clean water projects in Northern Uganda. I also hope to be able to have the opportunity to visit them again this year in Jinja... fingers crossed for a miracle!
Well I feel like I've written a novel so thanks to everyone who actually made it this far ; ) Just so you know, there will be several other collaborations that launch this year, new MBC merchandise and of course new lid colors! I want to say thanks again for being here with us and supporting our small, hard working company. We will forever be dreaming big and hope that you will too. Cheers to a prosperous and exciting year!
All My Best,