Client Spotlight: Erin Watkins Kandoll

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this month, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a smallbusiness owner! I’ve picked a few of my clients and hostesses to feature, who also happen to be small business owners. Today, I am featuring my dear friend (client and hostess), fellow fashionista and jewelry designer - Erin Watkins Kandoll. Erin is the owner and designer of Twisted Ginger Designs ( https://squareup.com/store/twistedginger ) Erin is full of style and grace, which shows in all facets of her life.

“One of the things I enjoy most about being a jewelry designer is when I set up a booth and meet with clients face-to-face. I love to watch as they gravitate to something and develop a personal connection to a certain piece that resonates with them. Jewelry is more than an adornment, it speaks to me, and tells a story.

I work from my in home studio, with a two year old underfoot who loves to help mommy make “jewelries.” Living in a temperate rainforest in Southeast Alaska, I feel a kinship with the dewdrops that are ever present. They beautify everything, and you will notice they are a signature, found within most of my work. I find inspiration from a variety of things in nature, and the mighty presence of Norse and Viking heritage found in here in Petersburg. These inspirations inevitably lead my work in different directions, keeping it fresh.

All pieces are handmade and vary slightly. I may only create some designs once or twice, thus keeping each piece special and unique. I am a self-taught designer and craftsman. With many years of trial and error and discovery; some help along the way from gracious mentors, and collaborations with other artists, I believe I have found my calling. I am genuinely passionate about melting metals and creating pieces of wearable art. - Erin Watkins Kandoll

Erin Watkins Kandoll wearing KOKOON'S "Ain't It Waffle Pullover" in Heather Grey 

Erin Watkins Kandoll wearing KOKOON'S "Ain't It Waffle Pullover" in Heather Grey 

Erin Watkins Kandoll wearing KOKOON'S "Brienne Shell" in Black with the "Bowl Me Over" in Spruce underneath

Erin Watkins Kandoll wearing KOKOON'S "Brienne Shell" in Black with the "Bowl Me Over" in Spruce underneath

Customer Highlight: Barb Luhr

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this month, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a smallbusiness owner! I’ve picked a few of my clients and hostesses to feature, who also happen to be small business owners.

Barb Luhr is part-owner and business manager of Piston & Rudder Service, Inc.Established in 1980, PRSI is a diversified marine maintenance company serving the needs of commercial and recreational boaters throughout SE Alaska. The daily operations include a marine machine shop, railway haul out and ship supply store, among many other services.

There is no doubt that Barbara has dedicated her life to her family and business, but it's her commitment to community service that truly shines. Recently her daughterBradee explained how Barb responded to the question of Santa Claus when she was a young girl. Barb carries this same philosophy throughout everything she does, all year long.

"My mom told me that Santa is real, but that he focuses his help on the kids that need him most, so she did his job for our household, and that we all can play Santa by giving to families in need for Christmas. I still believe it. Santa is real, santa is more than one person."

Thank You for all you do Barb!❤️

Barb wearing KOKOON's "Sleeveless Brookland Blouse" 

Barb wearing KOKOON's "Sleeveless Brookland Blouse" 

KOKOON'S "Splendid Twist Top" (in middle) 

KOKOON'S "Splendid Twist Top" (in middle) 

Customer Highlight: Beth Richards

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this month, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner! I’ve picked a few of my clients and hostesses to feature, who also happen to be small business owners.

Beth is the owner of Local Briskit in Concord, NH. It is a meal kit service exclusively for New Hampshire. Local Briskit prides itself in sourcing from local, sustainable farms and food artisans. The food speciality marketplace features New Hampshire and New England craft beers, restaurant quality wines, and fun tasting foodie events. Beth also provides communications consulting services to national nonprofits and serves as a New Hampshire state legislator.

You can find her website at https://localbaskit.com/

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Customer Highlight: Deb Yannariello

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know Kokoon Stylist, Melanie Cromer's client Deb Yannariello in Sherwood, Oregon:

"I am a single mother and I own and operate 503 Uncorked, a quaint wine bar in Sherwood, Oregon. Sherwood is one of the few small towns left in America. Having a wine bar in town has not only given me the opportunity to befriend so many of my community members but to also connect strangers and cultivate new friendships. 
My goal was to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere where all feel welcomed. Whether it is a moms club meeting, book club, baby shower or KOKOON trunk show, 503 Uncorked has become the go-to-spot to gather with friends and family. 
In addition, two years ago I founded the Sherwood Wine Festival with the goal of showcasing the many local wineries in our community. We are now in transition to Sherwood Wine Foundation, a 501c3. The Sherwood Wine Foundation’s mission is to benefit education and entrepreneurship in our community by celebrating, supporting and bringing exposure to Willamette Valley wineries and vintners.

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Customer Highlight: Keri Olin

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Melanie Cromer's client, Keri Olin from Oregon!

Keri is the owner of Promotional Strategies, a business that brings awareness to brands through promotional products. She has owned the business for four years and has been in the industry for 14.

"My focus is on helping to brand companies using creative, strategic, and purposeful promotional products," Olin said.

The inspiration to start her own business rooted from the flexibility she craved. Through the flexibility she gained from Promotional Strategies, Keri was able to be her daughters "biggest fan." Her daughter ran track for the University of Oregon, and Keri was able to travel all over the U.S. to watch her compete and be part of history when the lady Ducks won the triple crown last year.

"I am grateful and blessed," Olin said.

Check out Keri's website at http://www.ps266swag.com/

Keri wearing KOKOON's "Brookland Blouse" in Wahwah

Keri wearing KOKOON's "Brookland Blouse" in Wahwah

Customer Highlight: Stephanie Murphy

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Tammy Rohde's client Stephanie Murphy from Scottsdale, Arizona!

Stephanie has been a loyal KOKOON fashionista for over seven years! This past year, she and her college age daughter Mckenzie started a jewelry business called "Lucky Charms." Together they make and sell stunningjewelry to friends and devoted followers.

Check out "Lucky Charms" on instagram @l.u.c.k.y.charms

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Customer Highlight: Carlyn Bushman

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Tammy Rohde's client Carlyn Bushman of Scottsdale, Arizona!

Carlyn has been a loyal KOKOON customer for over five years. You can find her splitting her time between Scottsdale, AZ or San Diego, CA. Carlyn recently launched her own business called "Fav!" Fav provides the solution to any of your handbag needs. It presents the "world's first fully adjustable ultra-light chain and go-to handbag." The chain comes in on-trend metals and updates or enhances the look of your existing bag.

You can find Carlyn's trendy and useful chains at https://thefavinc.com/

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Customer Highlight: Martine O'Neill

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Tammy Rohde's client Martine O'Neill of Centennial, Colorado!

Martine is a mother of three, a loyal KOKOON customer, and an extraordinary hostess for over nine years! Martine started her Monuts brand which has stylish nut mixes and sweet goodies over seven years ago. She is a gourmet cook and cocktail mixologist. Martine's golden hand in the kitchen whips up delicious treats for holiday hostess gifts, teacher's gifts, and more!

Find her on instagram @monutssnacks to place your order!

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Customer Highlight: Monica Lueder

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Monica Lueder of Cedarburg, Wisconsin is a beloved KOKOON stylist.

Monica's passion for the fashion industry started over 30 years ago when she was working in front of the camera as a model. "I always knew I had a knack for wardrobing and color, style and design. I can't sketch a dress but I can provide knowledge of what will look good on any women's body and how to tie together a beautifully functional wardrobe for her," Lueder said.

Monica's career with KOKOON has enabled her to stay at home with her husband of 29 years, plan a wedding for her daughter, and work on personal development with the KOKOON family. "Being around my family has always been very important to me and KOKOON has allowed me to do that," Lueder said.

Monica loves being part of a small business because you are always kept up to date with the fashion industry. She believes KOKOON is appealing to women because it is lovingly and ethically made in the U.S. "Our designer, Laine prides herself on fit, feel, and function. She is always researching the trends and bringing them to the mainstream in ways which compliment women of all shapes and sizes," Monica said.

Monica wearing KOKOON's "Oliver Twist Top" in Black RSJ

Monica wearing KOKOON's "Oliver Twist Top" in Black RSJ

Monica wearing KOKOON's "Board Room Pencil Skirt" in Truffle

Monica wearing KOKOON's "Board Room Pencil Skirt" in Truffle

Customer Highlight: Hillary Whitethorn

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Hillary Whitethorn of Southeast, Alaska!

Hillary was initially drawn to KOKOON because of the clothes. She didn't have time in her life for another job, but she knew KOKOON was a special company during a phone interview and wanted to be part of it whether or not she had time. Hillary believes being a KOKOON representative is "good for the soul" due to all the amazing people that make up the brand, to helping women feel great about themselves; "it all makes my heart smile," Hillary said.

Through Hillary's involvement with KOKOON, she was able to quit her job that was dragging her down. She now has a part time job during the day and every weekend she plays dress up with KOKOON!

She believes KOKOON empowers women and helps them feel confident. "For me personally, I've never felt so confident in my own skin. I feel beautiful when I wear these clothes," she said.

When Hillary isn't selling KOKOON, you can find her spending time with her husband and two daughters, ages 16 and 9. She loves to cook, volunteer in her community, be a swim and dance mom, spend time with her close friends, help with events around her town of Petersburg.

KOKOON has been a wonderful asset to Hillary's city. She has the pleasure of seeing her clients around town looking beautiful in their KOKOON clothes.

 

Hillary wearing KOKOON's "Kerrigan Peplum Top" in Leo

Hillary wearing KOKOON's "Kerrigan Peplum Top" in Leo

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Customer Highlight: Pamela Clark

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Ann O'Neal's client Pamela Clark of Raleigh, North Carolina!

Pamela is a personal and and team building cooking coach. She inspires her clients to to "let their tastebuds explore to gain confidence and harmony in the kitchen," she said.

Her culinary journey began with her studying Foods & Nutrition Education at Virginia Tech. In 2005 she launched "The Thyme Savor", Raleigh based cooking and culinary classes. Pamela is also a professional recipe developer and has contributed to various publications.

Pamela is described as personable, creative, energetically focused, and patient. She is one chef who shares to inspire.

You can find "The Thyme Savor" at www.thethymesavor.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thymesavor, and on Instagram atwww.instagram.com/thethymesavor

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Customer Highlight: Molly Voyles

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Melanie Cromer's client Molly Voyles of Portland!

Molly is a realtor with Windermere Stellar Vancouver Metro. She exhibits personal touches, genuinity, deep commitment, and heartfelt care in every interaction with her clients. Molly is a master at finding creative and equitable solutions to make each transaction have a positive result.

Molly is also a new mother to a baby boy named Ashton and wife of a former Airman.

You find Molly's business at Mollyvoyles.com

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Customer Highlight: Wendy Coulter

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Ann O'Neal's client Wendy Coulter of Cary, North Carolina!

Wendy is CEO of Hummingbird Creative Group Inc. a strategic branding agency founded in 1995. She is responsible for a new business development and serves as brand manager for Hummingbird's clients. Wendy is passionate about helping clients effectively communicate the positioning of their business, differentiate their brand, and grow revenue.

Stylist Ann O'Neal describes her "as one ball of fire customer!"

You can find Hummingbird Creative Group Inc. at www.hummingbird-creative.com

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Customer Highlight: Karen Albright

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Ann O'Neal's client Karen Albright of Raleigh, North Carolina!

Karen opened BodyLase an award-winning multi-million dollar medical spa in 2002. BodyLase has two locations and offers a variety of cosmetic, medical, and traditional spa services.

Karen has won a multitude of business awards including Women in Business, Business Women of the Year, and Corporate Partner of the Year.

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Customer Highlight: Kathy Miller

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Kathy Miller of Philadelphia!

When Kathy discovered KOKOON she was excited to find a clothing brand that was all limited-edition styles made in the USA. After buying two pieces in the Fall of 2014 she was hooked! Once she started selling KOKOON she made an entire new group of friends as a result of the direct sales space.

Outside of KOKOON, Kathy is married with two little boys who are her "biggest cheerleaders." Her boys help her unload and load the car and always ask questions about different KOKOON events. "I often participate in charity events representing KOKOON and I try to get my boys involved or informed about what I'm doing to set an example for them. At these events, KOKOON will donate a percentage of sales to the charity," Kathy said.

Kathy believes there is no better compliment than when she sees a customer wearing KOKOON in pictures on social media.

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Customer Highlight: Ann O'Neal

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Ann O'Neal of Raleigh, North Carolina!

It has been 10 years since Ann took a crazy chance to do something she had never done before and that is to sell women's clothing.

"I do not consider myself a girly girl, and wearing cute clothes and fixing my hair was not really what I was very good at," Ann said.

Ann loves KOKOON because the clothes are made in U.S. and she believes it's important to support the local economy. In addition, she loves that the clothes aren't mass produced because customers know they are wearing something special and unique.

"These clothes absolutely do fit all ages, shapes, sizes, and personalities. I've sold to girls as young as 13 and my mother who is 92 and every age in between. I am extremely proud to represent KOKOON clothing for almost 10 years" Ann said.

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Stylist Highlight: Lauren Rabin

In honor of #smallbusinesssaturday, KOKOON highlights some of the individuals behind the clothes. Today we highlight KOKOON stylist Lauren Rabin.

Lauren found KOKOON nine year ago after a friend recommended she check it out. She was immediately drawn to the effortless style that KOKOON embodies. "I've seen many styles changes over the past 9 years and KOKOON always stays on trend yet classic. I honestly still wear pieces from KOKOON from my first season- they're in perfect condition and still look fresh!," Lauren said.

Lauren loves the ability to meet fabulous women and help them find clothes that make them feel "stylish and beautiful."

She loves that KOKOON appeals to women of all shapes and sizes. "I have clients ranging in size from XS to XL and they all look amazing and love KOKOON," Lauren said.

Being a KOKOON stylist gives Lauren the flexibility she needs with her busy lifestyle. She has the freedom to work around family commitments and hobbies. When Lauren's not styling women, she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family and her dog, cooking, and working out.

Lauren wearing KOKOON's "Spinderella Top" in Black Rivulet

Lauren wearing KOKOON's "Spinderella Top" in Black Rivulet

Lauren in KOKOON. 

Lauren in KOKOON. 

Lauren wearing KOKOON's "Gucci Coo Dress"

Lauren wearing KOKOON's "Gucci Coo Dress"

Customer Highlight: Kristin Hardwick

To help celebrate #Smallbusinesssaturday this week, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner!

Get to know KOKOON stylist Adria Bagshaw's client Kristin Hardwick of New Hampshire!

Kristin is New Hampshire's go-to photographer for entrepreneurs who are ready to be seen. She helps clients put their best face forward on all things digital and print. After working in Corporate America for eight years, Kristin launched her full time business in 2016. Her versatile studio is located in the Historic Millyard of Nashua, New Hampshire. She is able to come to you and shoot at new, unique locations.

When she's not busy shooting, you can find her training for triathlons, raising her two children alongside her husband, reading yet another personal development book, and searching for any type of donut.

"Having a photograph that you love gives you the confidence to put yourself out there more, and be recognized for the work you're doing. And that is what leads to success," Kristin said.

Find her locally in New Hampshire or give her Facebook page a like! 
www.facebook.com/kristinhardwickphotography

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Client Highlight: Tricia Utley

To help celebrate #smallbusinesssaturday, KOKOON is shining a spotlight on our community of clients and sales reps who walk the walk of being a small business owner! 
As our very first feature, we're excited to introduce you to KOKOON client and Girl Boss: Tricia Utley LE and her business American Apothecary!

Not only is Tricia a fashion queen (what KOKOON customer isn't?) she is also a Certified Holistic Skin Care Specialist and Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

Her passion for skin care and holistic remedies rooted from her personal struggle with dry, sensitive skin, and hormonal acne issues. After almost 20 years of dealing with these issues, Tricia was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Instead of sitting back and accepting her condition, Tricia became committed to her health journey and soon found the correlation between diet, stress, toxic skincare, and environmental toxins. Tricia works in the treatment room and also is an esthetics instructor and trainer. Her knowledge includes everything from skin nutrition to medical modalities. Through Tricia's personal health struggles, she managed to find the silver lining by helping her clients achieve healthy, radiant, toned skin, as well as overall health and well-being. Her current area of study is women's hormone health and Tricia is passionate about teaching women how to live in harmony with their cycles.

Tricia says: "Skin health isn't just about beauty, it's about living a beautiful healthy life!"

Give Tricia's FB page a "Like" and if you're looking for solutions for your own skin care issues, find her American Apothecary business in New Hampshire!

Tricia wearing KOKOON's Farrah Wrap Dress at work

Tricia wearing KOKOON's Farrah Wrap Dress at work

Tricia in the Leo Peplum Top

Tricia in the Leo Peplum Top

Tricia in KOKOON Otto Cigarette Pants

Tricia in KOKOON Otto Cigarette Pants

Tricia in the Shimmie Dress and KOKOON Stylist Adria in the Reunite Dress

Tricia in the Shimmie Dress and KOKOON Stylist Adria in the Reunite Dress

Behind the Seams ~ Fall Photo Shoot

Last week's unexpectedly perfect weather mix of warm plus overcast allowed us to not only finish shooting some fall merch, but some spring styles as well! We were able to get most of it done before the sun burned away our cloud cover, then we booked it back to Melissa's studio to finish up some upcoming sale and SOTW items. 

Our new intern, Anne, joined us to do a little behind the scenes filming.
Take a peek at this fun behind the scenes look at our KOKOON photo shoot! 

Model: Ashlee