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NL: There is one in particular from the Life’s Shadows™ gay/lesbian collection, which can be an adoption or pregnancy announcement. Two women are pushing a carriage, one is pregnant and the other is holding the shopping bags. It’s classy and sophisticated. RWN: Have you met with much resistance in terms of wholesaling the LGBT designs? NL: It’s been an interesting process since we’ve released the cards... We have had resistance from some retailers who are not receptive of the line… it varies in different demographic areas within the country. Soon we will be launching an online shop via our website, available to the public where orders can be placed directly through Bubbles n’ bows. RWN: I’m curious, where do you find your
inspiration? NL: I sometimes refer to various magazines such as, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Out. What inspires me is seeing how people live within different settings and lifestyles. I love keeping up on the latest fashion trends. As a family-operated business, we bounce ideas off of one another at our roundtable discussions (always with a cup or two of tea). RWN: And two LOUIE Awards in just five years?! That is quite an achievement – Congratulations!
see the LOUIE Award board and think to myself, “One day, if we could be up there, that would be such a great achievement.” We since have been nominated as finalists for four LOUIE Awards (the Oscars of the greeting card and stationery industry recognizing creative excellence) and two of which we are the proud recipients of. RWN: Any other exciting updates on the horizon for Bubbles n’ bows? NL: We have plans to add more single counter greeting cards, imprintables, and matching gift accessories... and our studio has Gone Green! Consumers will be happy to know select collections of our cards are manufactured by a certified green printer, using FSC certified recycled stock while employing the technology of eco-friendly soy-based inks. Bubbles n’ bows is a member of The Greeting Card Association in addition to the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Throughout the years, a portion of the proceeds of our products have been donated to various fundraisers and charities such as: St. Catharine’s breaking the cycle of poverty for women, Riverview Medical Center Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness, Muscular Dystrophy, (EB) Epidermolysis and The Valerie Fund. RWN: Thank you, Nicole. All the best with your continued successes!
NL: Yes. I remember each time I attended The National Stationery Show in New York. I would
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