This week our Stockist Spotlight falls upon a web-based gift box business called Madrona Gifts. Specializing in locally made goods, Madrona curates themed gift sets, and sustainably packages and ships them to happy customers.
We are excited to feature this mini interview today with owner and operator Kirsten Lutes!
What inspired you to open your store? Feel free to share a how you got started story here if you please!
As an introvert, I’ve always found gifting to be a gratifying form of expression. A meaningful gift, imbued with the gifter's values and intention, can express so much more than words sometimes. I have spent a lot of time in Japan where gifting is a true art form, and when I thought about starting my own gift business I was inspired by the artfulness of the Japanese gift. It was also very important to me that my business practices reflect and support my personal values of simplicity and sustainability. That's why Madrona Gifts sources entirely locally, uses simple, zero-waste packaging, and offers only domestic, carbon-neutral shipping. In these ways, we hope to provide a meaningful e-commerce alternative, inspire reflection on the benefits of conscious consumption, and motivate others toward a healthier existence on our one, precious planet.
Are there words you live by or wisdom you'd like to share?
Live your values, shop your values, share your values.
How would you describe your business in 3 words?
Local, natural, sustainable.
How do you practice self-care?
I'm a certified health coach and have a keen interest in how personal wellbeing intersects with the health of the planet. I practice self-care by living my values everyday: eating organic, shopping small, consuming consciously, living simply.
What aspects of being a shop owner are your favorite?
I love collaborating with the local maker community! I am so inspired by all of the creative talent in this region, and individuals living intentional lives doing meaningful, self-designed work, with a positive impact on people and the planet.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
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Besides shopping with you, are there any other ways folks can support you?
Sharing our Facebook page, following us on Instagram, subscribing to our newsletter, and spreading the word about our business would all be great ways to support us. Thank you!