Tell us about your business.I started Merry Gifts in 2009 first through family gift giving, galleries and art exhibits. I decided one day to try Etsy and I decided to use my ability to create a wide range of creations to join with my customers needs for very personal memory to be cherished by their loved ones. My work has provoked a fair amount of grateful tears through these gifts. I would like to continue to create a little piece of time preserved in my customers lives. These such special gifts provide a deeper meaning when given to that special person.
What makes your business stand out?My business is unique, because it creates happiness, tears and includes our dearest memories. We will always long for this kind of connection between each other. This is a small but significant and necessary way of brightening people's spirits which will always be in high demand.
What's the best business advice you've received?The best business advice I have received are from a few respected people in my life. "Never stop loving what you are doing, even if what you love to do overwhelms you. At that time, stop! before your desire wears out so you will be able to preserve that creative spark in you and begin again."
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NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
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