Last month my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ImclydeCE2/ ran a little contest to promote “Small Business Saturday” and encourage people to shop small businesses as much as possible. We asked people to nominate their favorite small business or business owner during the week. The business with the most nominations at the end of the week won a feature blog post here. Our winner was Mooncraft Crochet! Mooncraft Crochet is located in Portland, OR and is owned by Joshua Gross.
Josh is a smart and creative young man and a very talented writer. I asked him to reply to some interview questions. The interview follows with some interruptions by me to add content related to the interview topics. (Josh’s responses are in italics.)
When did you open your Business?
In 2018, I saw an ad for the Season of the Witch craft fair at a witch shop in Tigard, OR, a place I had been and met the owner already. This seemed like the perfect foray into the craft show world, and I had a lot to do to prepare. I set up and established an online presence on Facebook under my new brand, and set up my new Etsy page so I'd have somewhere online to send customers. I printed out business cards, got a table and sign, and downloaded the square app for card purchases. Then I crocheted like crazy to set up a good amount of stock. The craft fair was extremely successful, in particular for me and my new business, and I also got several other in person sales and online sales.
I maintain my Etsy site and am always on the lookout for the next craft fair.
What inspired you?
My mother initially inspired me to crochet. My whole young life she crocheted and it was always something I wanted to learn. Voodoo dolls in particular were inspired by my time living in the South and by my love of customizing things. I also like strange and unusual gifts and collectibles.
What kinds of products do you offer?
I sell pre-made voodoo dolls as well as custom - made voodoo dolls. I also sell other crochet items when needed or available. I also currently sell jewelry.
Tell us about your internet presence
I also have my own blog, Portland Stair Adventure, where I explore all the staircases in the
Portland Stair Book by Laura O Foster.
What else would you like your customers to know about you?
I am a big advocate of small business, in particular the local independent book stores of Portland and the family and friends who operate businesses online. I am a voracious reader and passionate advocate for reading, encouraging others to read and shop at local bookstores and other small businesses.
Following are links and contact info that Josh provided in this interview. I encourage you to take the time to visit these links and enjoy the creativity of this talented young man. You will enjoy his blog(s) I am certain.
*Other small business nominated in this promotion:
Second Place: Barbara Sexton – Avon
Martha Hull’s Cute + Deadly Art World
Mountain Mary Soaps
Simply Beautiful Cakes
Creations & More Coffee Shop
CW & Associates – Celia Whitmore
Sean Mizell – Pole Buildings
The Chopping Block – Doug Green
County Line Bar & Package – Otto Kidle
Mobile Yarn – Heidi Sunday
Hurley Auto Center
Jules Howell – Pure Romance
Honest Chocolates Newberg
Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections – Susan Kendrick
Brandy Porter – LaLa Leggings
Please make an effort to support small business owners in your community!
*Note: Clyde Enterprises / Chameleon Essentials (CE2) sponsored this promotion
any businesses mentioned by CE2 during the promotion did not count as a nomination.
I'm a curious-by-nature 50-something with random interests. Come visit often to see what the latest topic is.