The rise of the mommy economy

| Print |  Email
Articles - May 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
0512_MothersOfInvention_OxenreiderTSH OXENREIDER
Simple Living Media

“I sold my first sidebar ad six months after I launched, mostly for what I called latte money. I then wrote an e-book to sell on the blog, which sold enough in another six months to pay off all my school loans and to grab the attention of a publishing house. I signed my first book contract, and it was released in bookstores in late 2010. I love that I can earn a full-time income for my family while staying home with them.”

0512_MothersOfInvention_GrahamNyeKIM GRAHAM-NYE
gDiapers

“One of the things I’ve been reflecting on in the last few months is very few companies are startups when the founders are in the midst of early childhood. We were setting up the DNA of the company at the moment we had a 2-year-old and were pregnant with the second. It gave us a unique perspective on business in that moment of time. It meant the entire structure of company is based in a family-centered approach.”


0512_MothersOfInvention_WionSTACEE WION
SpielWerk Toys

A shortage of natural organic toys prompted Stacee Wion and former partner Sonja Barclay to open SpielWerk Toys in Portland in 2006. “Free and open uninhibited play is the tool by which children develop and we didn’t feel what was on the mainstream market was appealing to the best interest of children,” says Wion, 38. Instead of “mental and interactive” toys — currently all the rage — SpielWerk provides kids with open-ended physical experiences, such as a soft-faced doll with just a suggestion of a human face “so children create the character.” To compete with lower-priced national and online retailers, the store offers customers an environmentally friendly community-based shopping experience featuring a play area and a selection of locally crafted toys. Wion, who grossed $400,000 last year, also sponsors children’s craft activities during neighborhood events such as Sunday Parkways and is expanding the business to include commercial playscape design and residential playscape consultation. The mother of three children, Wion lives two blocks from the store’s North Williams location. Her 16-year-old son was recently onsite helping her break down boxes. “We have the relationship of being part of the village,” says Wion.

0512_MothersOfInvention_SchotlandMARLYNN SCHOTLAND
Plum District, Urban Bliss

“Moms love Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter. We’re tied to our cell phones because we’re always on the go and it’s easy to check in with the rest of the world quickly while waiting in the carpool lane at school. At Plum District, our district consultants are featured along with their offer pages; they share why they brought that deal to the table. The Internet has made mom-specific advertising more accessible.”



 

More Articles

Reader Input: Road Work

March 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.

0315 input01 620px

 

Reader comments:

"I feel private enterprises are capable of operating at a higher efficiency than state government."

"This has been used in Oregon since the mid-1800s. It is not a new financing method. This form of financing may help Oregon close its infrastructure deficit by leveraging funds."


Read more...

Fueling Up for the Climb

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS

Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.


Read more...

Reader Input: Fair Play

May 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation in February prompted some soul searching in this state about ethical behavior in industry and government.


Read more...

Fixing Oregon’s broken roads

The Latest
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
RUCCostComparison rev4-30BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The technology at the center of Oregon’s road usage fee reform.


Read more...

Oregon needs a Grand Bargain energy plan

Linda Baker
Monday, June 22, 2015
0622-gastaxblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

Loose Talk

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

When gossip crosses the line.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS