Episode 43 - Shortcake & Shout-Outs

June 12, 2018

Yes, you're seeing that right...  this week's episode is OVER TWO HOURS LONG.  So, grab a glass of rosé and some strawberry shortcake (like Michelle and Emily did) and get comfortable.  After we rant about politics and feminism for over a half an hour, we finally get to the really good stuff: shout-outs of stuff we love all made by independent businesses!



Episode 42 - Neither of Us are Mental Health Professionals

June 5, 2018

Here’s another episode where Michelle and Emily talk about a bunch of shit and get really grumpy... and then there was some talk about business.


Episode 41 - Fuck You, Work/Life Balance

May 29, 2018

Emily and Michelle finally dive into the topic of work/life balance.  They review some not-so-helpful tips on how to achieve "balance" between your work and your personal life...  only to conclude that this nonsense doesn’t really apply to self-employed people.  


Episode 40 - Still Counting My Money

May 22, 2018

This week Emily and Michelle join Sophia Reyes at her studio and record the behind-the-scenes conversations during set up and take down of their annual Sample Sale.  Emily isn't thrilled with a popular small business meme, Michelle talks about her recent experience at the Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, OH, and Sophia- well, she’s still counting her money!


Episode 39 - It’s Like A Silent Killer

May 8, 2018
In this episode, Emily and Michelle get together on the morning of the last day of Show of Hands to chat about how the weekend has been going.  They're joined in the courtyard at Artifact Events by Danielle from Soap Distillery who fills them in on some of the details of her Kickstarter campaign (ending May 10th!), which you can support by clicking here: http://bit.ly/soap-distillery

Episode 38 - It Smells Like I Know What I’m Doing

May 1, 2018

In this special on location episode, Emily and Michelle record in the lobby of the Holiday Inn in downtown Chicago before checking out the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart.  They mostly talk about OrangeBeautiful's event, Show of Hands Chicago (and why's it's better than all other events!), before doing some quick interviews on the OoaK showroom floor.  Interviews include Danielle from Soap Distillery, Joshua and Kelsey from Green Beetle Shop and (of course) Mark and Stephen from Edgewater Candles.


Episode 37 - You Gotta Do You

April 24, 2018

In this episode, Emily, Michelle, and Laurie continue their PR conversation from the Episode 36, starting with some controversial opinions on influencers, and advice on how to create meaningful partnerships with them.  Most importantly, the group concludes that all you really need to be your own PR rep is a clear knowledge of your brand's purpose, your company's values and the specifics of your ideal customer.


Episode 36 - Are You Power Posing Right Now?

April 17, 2018

Laurie Leopold joins Emily and Michelle to teach them about PR basics and answer questions submitted by some of our listeners.  They learn how to connect with your customers by defining your brand’s purpose, differentiating yourself from other brands, and sharing the behind the scenes and process of creating your product.


Episode 35 - I’ll Try To Make It Quick, But It Won’t Be Quick

April 10, 2018

In this episode, Michelle and Emily somehow find a way to transition their intro about jury duty, anxiety, and crazy people on the bus into a conversation about customer service and how to know when to say NO.


Episode 34 - People On The Internet Are Terrible

April 3, 2018

Emily and Michelle start off this episode with a discussion about an article from design*sponge that addresses the idea of supporting both independent and big box stores.  This leads to some of their favorite topics like crazy people on the internet and their hatred of the word "disappointed".