Best Investments for Small Business Owners. Hire a cat rapper.

A recent article on Forbes  took a look at some of the tools and resources small business owners named as their best investments this past year. New sales funnels, training and employee rewards have reaped benefits for many business owners.

For Jenelle Isaacson, owner of Living Room Realty, people are her top asset and she invests in them through things like professional trainings and "fun and intentional joy". She recently hired local Portland celebrity Mo-sho the cat-rapper for a annual meeting.

“It’s as silly as it sounds,” says Isaacson, “and the ROI on a few hundred dollar investment to create the unexpected and joy for our agents has returned dividends all year long.”

Read the article here.

Goat Yoga, Goat-Grams..Now Goat Caddies in Oregon

It's not all that surprising that golf and goats would eventually be a thing in Oregon.  Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca Oregon announced their goat caddie program earlier this year. A few details needed to be fine tuned to prepare for the summer launch, such as designing a bag to fit the goat. 

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Enter Seamus Golf, craft maker of original, meticulously made fine golf accessories. 

Read the story on how Seamus Golf approached the challenge of designing the first goat golf bag for the first goat golf caddie that was featured on Golf Digest, CNN and CBS News.

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Captured52 Launches Season 3

The online gallery continues to emerge as a leading source of big, bold, museum quality photography for collectors and interior designers

Captured52, the online destination for large format, contemporary fine art photography, recently announced Season 3 and its newest Collection of striking, original photographs from 52 invited photographers around the world.

Season 3 will feature 52 exclusive photographs through four tightly curated Collections. The collections will run for 13 weeks at a time and represent a broad range of exciting, intelligent and culturally relevant work.

The Summer Collection, available through September 26 features a fresh and exciting cross section of genres from veteran and emerging photographers whose interpretation of the craft is captured in a single moment or though thoughtful process. Photographs from award-winning photographers who have exhibited around the world are showcased in the collection.

Bat's Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand  by Andy Spain, Captured52 Summer Collection

Bat's Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand by Andy Spain, Captured52 Summer Collection

Since its launch in 2015, Captured52 has aimed to redefine large format photography as contemporary art and serve as a resource for art advisors, art collectors and interior designers to procure original, statement making, fine art photography at a fair price. Additionally, Captured52 simplifies the buying process by eliminating multiple sizes, editions and price options, offering each powerful image in one extraordinary size only — framed, shipped and ready to hang.

Donuts  by Allison Beondé from Captured52’s Season 1

Donuts by Allison Beondé from Captured52’s Season 1

“I’m impressed with Captured52 as a resource for affordable, gallery quality, large format photographs," said Susannah Holmberg, senior designer at Design Division of cityhomeCOLLECTIVE in Salt Lake City, Utah. “As a designer it can be tricky to find large scale pieces that feel unique and current and Captured52 has done a good job of filling that niche.”

Untitled - Depot, Detroit, MI 2012  by Jennifer Garza-Cuen   from Captured52’s Season 2 getting ready to ship.

Untitled - Depot, Detroit, MI 2012 by Jennifer Garza-Cuen from Captured52’s Season 2 getting ready to ship.

Sites, No. 83, 2014  by Kai Caemmerer from Captured52 Season 2

Sites, No. 83, 2014 by Kai Caemmerer from Captured52 Season 2

Each original photograph ranges in size from 40” x 40” to 60” x 80” and is printed on Hahnemühle 100% photo rag paper, museum shadowbox framed in Roma Italian Moulding, and embossed with the Captured52 seal. Priced from $1,952 to $3,152, framed, shipped and ready to hang, a Captured52 photograph is at the same caliber found in museums and galleries around the world. At the end of the season and included with every purchase is Captured52’s large format Journal of all 52 images and the story of each by the photographer.

”Going into our third season, we’re very excited to be recognized around the world as the leader in large format contemporary photography at a fair price,” said Peter Johnson, founder of Captured52. “From the start, our promise has been to accurately translate the artistic vision of our photographers and to deliver at the very highest standards of quality, value and service to our customers. Our growing popularity with collectors as a source for impactful and defining visual statements is testament to that and we look forward to continuing to deliver on that promise.”

Check them out on instagram and visit www.captured52 to view the newest collection.

Seamus Collaborates with Nike Veteran on Minimalist Golf Shoe

Seamus Golf has introduced its first golf shoe, the FeelPlayer by Mike Friton. Designed for the walking golfer, the FeelPlayer is a minimalist golf shoe unlike any on the market today. Friton, a design innovator and 30-year veteran of the footwear industry developed the shoe, which is handcrafted in Portland, Oregon.

Modeled after the Native American moccasin, the FeelPlayer features a clean and simple design that is lightweight and flexible. Constructed with ultra soft tumbled leather, the FeelPlayer molds to each individual’s foot for superior fit and comfort. The design follows the natural shape of the foot allowing it to move naturally and fully articulate, resulting in less injury and fatigue.

“Rigid footwear often leads to problems with knees, back and hips because the foot has to unnaturally adapt. Most support features are there to keep your foot on a platform that doesn’t follow your foot’s natural movement,” said Friton. “I build footwear that feels natural and doesn’t inhibit your foot in any way. The FeelPlayer feels great. It’s soft, flexible and allows your foot to do what it wants to do.”

Additional features include a zero drop platform, textured Vibram sole to provide traction without overpowering the foot’s natural movement, seam sealing for water resistance and a breathable lining to promote adequate airflow.

“The FeelPlayer was designed to help you enjoy the game golf without inhibitions,” said Akbar Chisti, president and co-founder of Seamus Golf. “This shoe is significantly lighter and more flexible than traditional golf shoes and makes walking the course truly enjoyable.  “Mike is legendary in his field and working with him to bring this radically different golf shoe to market was an honor.”

Friton who has been an innovator in the footwear industry for over 30 years has won several awards for his innovative designs.  His design experience began at Bowerman Lab, an athletic footwear “think tank” founded by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. He began working at the lab while running track for the University of Oregon. He later spent 13 years at Nike’s headquarters and was part of the company’s esteemed Innovation Kitchen where he patented over 20 industry-changing patents. One of the most recent innovations he worked on was Nike’s Back to the Future shoe featuring self-tying laces.

The Private Reserve Collection

Seamus Golf recently introduced the Private Reserve Collection in honor of its fifth anniversary. The special collection features bags designed for the golfer's lifestyle on and off the course. As with all of Seamus' products, each piece is meticulously hand constructed in Oregon using premium materials. The collection was inspired by Oregon's outdoor lifestyle and features a new water resistant tartan waxed canvas to ensure the products and their contents can withstand a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of the highlights of the collection include:

The Private Reserve Tote

The Private Reserve Tote

The Private Reserve Tote is a classic shoulder bag featuring hand worked leather handles and interior leather slip pouch.

The Private Reserve Tote is a classic shoulder bag featuring hand worked leather handles and interior leather slip pouch.

The Private Reserve Duffel features soft leather handles, removable shoulder strap and brass hardware. The waxed canvas was designed to withstand wear and tear and improve with age.

The Private Reserve Duffel features soft leather handles, removable shoulder strap and brass hardware. The waxed canvas was designed to withstand wear and tear and improve with age.

The M.U.R.S.-- Multi-Use Rain Safe bag. The definitive go to accessory and man's best friend, fitting everything from golf balls to whisky bottles

The M.U.R.S.-- Multi-Use Rain Safe bag. The definitive go to accessory and man's best friend, fitting everything from golf balls to whisky bottles

“This collection is really a culmination of our favorite product ideas over the past 5 years,” said Akbar Chisti, co-founder of Seamus Golf. “Most of our ideas spawn from our own genuine need for it in our everyday lives as golfers, travelers and parents. Style, functionality, exceptional quality and craftsmanship are of upmost importance to us. This collection is no exception and showcases those qualities and thoughtful details that are characteristic of our brand.”

Learn more about the collection here.

Preparing Your Home for Guests

Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency braved the inclement weather and impending snowstorm for his appearance on KGW's Portland Today show.

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Setting up

He shared tips on how to create a welcoming space for your guests this holiday season. He also shared his own guest room "Before" and "After". 

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Before

After

After

The home staging company that has offices in Portland, Seattle and Palm Springs has transformed thousands of homes to prepare them for market. Check them out.

Ritz Carlton Magazine features Jones Golf and Seamus Golf

Two clients, Jones Sports Co. and Seamus Golf were featured in this lovely page in the Fall 2016 issue of the Ritz Carlton Magazine, which can be found in every Ritz Carlton hotel and resort room worldwide for the next three months.

The piece features the best and brightest golf bags on the market right now, including the iconic Original Jones and the handcrafted Fescue Bag by Seamus Golf. The tartan head covers by Seamus Golf accessorize the bags beautifully.