Raspberry Magazine is a bi-monthly digital publication founded by Alana Wimmer. We originally met a few years back at a Blogcademy event in Australia and since then, sheâ€™s been running a successful design studio of her own.
When Alana asked me if I wanted to be this monthâ€™s cover star, I jumped at the opportunity â€” after all, this is a magazine that focuses on bringing helpful resources and articles to lady entrepreneurs.
In the feature, we talk at length about business and blogging â€” my two favorite topics!
Alana sums up the magazine best when she says, â€œI want to ignite you to chase your dreams, inspire positive change, encourage each other and balance purposeful work with a wonderful life.â€ Pretty inspiring stuff! Major props to Alana for making her childhood dream of starting a magazine come true.
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It all started with a candle.
A few weeks ago, I discovered a Portland made brand of soy candles by Aspen Summit at Darling Press and fell in love with a scent called Copper, described as â€œa warm drink, cozy sweater on & your favorite record spinning.â€ How could you not be intrigued by that?!
Wanting to learn more about the brand, I headed over to Instagram and realized that the owner, Heather had just opened a brick and mortar store called work/shop.
One I saw this wall on Instagram (impressively done in just a day with sharpies and a projector!), I knew I had to visit.
The store is so thoughtfully curated â€” I was impressed with the mix of affordable, gift friendly ideas, not to mention the really cool lineup of workshops.
The shelves are stocked with small plants (mostly succulents), notebooks, greeting cards, Aspen Summit candles and natural bath and beauty products. Itâ€™s a cozy, welcoming place that is also incredibly photogenic.
I loved chatting with Heather about her beautiful line of candles and checking out this great small business. Itâ€™s a pretty awesome feeling when you see people taking a chance, acting on their dreams and making places like this a reality. You can just see the love that went into it.
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