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Up, Up and Away!

Up, Up and Away!

Well, it's official.  Prices are going up everywhere; you're favorite coffee from Starbucks now costs $10!  Just kidding, but it might as well with the increases that have been happening across the board.  You may have seen signs on shop windows, restaurants and more.   Us retail owners are seeing the same thing on production costs.   I have a solution!  If you haven't already seen our awesome little note at the top of the website, we are now offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING within the United States!  Yup, I said FREE! How awesome is that?!  We try to help in as many...

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A Long Journey

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A Long Journey

Hey there!  Many of you know me and a lot of you don't.  I'm Kris and I own The Blue Ox Shop. I'm a mom to an awesome 11 (going on 15) year old and she was my inspiration for starting this adventure back in 2012.  I wish I had pictures of the bows I used to make because many of you wouldn't believe how awful they were (yep, it was that bad.)  After years (yes, I said years) of shoppers telling me they didn't have kids or didn't have girls in their family, I decided to do a bit...

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Let's face it, Mom can only get so many flowers and coffee mugs for Mother's Day.  Here's a list of what we think Mom would like this year.

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Being a Small Business Mom & Knowing Your Worth

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Being a Small Business Mom & Knowing Your Worth

Do you ever stop to think “How stressful can it really be to run a business from home and be a mom?” “Why are the products so expensive?” Some may say “Well, she doesn't have to rent a space or pay for help so it really can't be all that bad.” “Can't she just get her stuff from overseas and sell it cheap?” “Doesn't she have a nanny to watch the kid?” Let me stop you there.Building a business from the ground up, raising a kid and having housework to do is not a walk in the park, it's more like...

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Being a Small Business Owner during a Pandemic

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Being a Small Business Owner during a Pandemic

2020 is almost over, and what a rollercoaster of a ride it's been! Who is ready for the New Year??   Many Small Business Owners have faced quite a few challenges, from having to change the way products are sold or how services were offered, and sadly, a lot of local businesses have had to close their doors. Fortunately, being a Gift Shop owner, it was easy to move fully online.  While the buzz of local pop-ups are certainly missed, I am very grateful that I was able to build on ways to offer and deliver products.  There are still some hoops...

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