Welcome home: three new client websites for 2019

One of our favorite services we offer at FACTEUR PR is website development. Since the new year began, we’ve been busy creating and launching a few of our clients’ new digital homes.

The Architetta

The Architetta is a Cleveland-based architecture practice focused on residential and small-scale commercial design. Specializing in renovation and restoration, the practice is led by Architect Antonia Marinucci. Her intention is to honor and highlight the historic roots of the architecture she renovates, while sensitively introducing modern updates to bring century-homes into the new millennia.

With a number of recent renovations and remodels in progress, we developed a website for The Architetta that best showcased much of her beautiful videography and photography, along with elegantly portraying projects in progress. Meanwhile, we also strived to illustrate Marinucci’s expertise and experience through narratives for each displayed renovation with the ultimate goal of increasing leads for her practice.

Oak + Honey Event Planning Co.

Oak + Honey Event Planning Co. – former Oak & Honey Events – is a sustainable event planning business that specializes in unique wedding and event design. We’ve had the honor of working with the Oak + Honey team since 2017, and after a stunning rebranding with former FACTEUR clients, Studio Chartreuse, we got to work on a wedding website that positions environmental-friendly planning at its forefront. Utilizing a crisp color palette of sage, dark slate, and honey, we focused on photography that was earthy and ethereal, as well as clean and modern. The website both serves as a portfolio piece as well as an educational resource for those planning a wedding or special event while being mindful of impact on the environment.

Shannon Michael Style

Shannon Michael Style is an Ohio-based fashion and beauty brand with a mission to glamorize brides from head-to-toe. Primarily known for its on-location beauty services as well as its professional cosmetics line, the brand recently expanded to offer custom-fitted couture bridal gowns. Seeking assistance with its marketing and communications strategy for its launch, along with a refreshed web presence that would easily communicate the relationship between brands as well as boast an easy-to-use e-commerce store. With Perception Studio’s gorgeous photography, we built an online store as well as crafted all the sales copy for its bridal gown line, cosmetics line, and on-location services.

Need a refreshed website for your lifestyle brand or business? We would love to hear from you! Contact us.

Four tips to stand out on social media

Photo by Marina Claire Photography courtesy of Modern CLE.

Photo by Marina Claire Photography courtesy of Modern CLE.

The old saying “if you build it, they will come,” may have once been pertinent to a business strategy before the internet, but when it comes to scaling in 2019, it couldn’t be farther from reality. In the decade or so since social media for businesses has mainstreamed, most of us have come to discover that to do it well and to see it affect your bottom line positively, you have to make consistent, dedicated, and strategic effort.

Now with hundreds of millions of users – even billions on Facebook – the social space is more congested than ever. How do you get your brand to stand out amongst the crowd? Here are a few guidelines you can implement right now that I shared with the audience at Behind the Story with Modern CLE to help get you started.

Four tips to stand out on social media

1.) Have a strong sense of brand.

This is beyond just a logo, but who you are, what you look like, what you are trying to say and how you say it. Standing out on social media is an art and a science, and your brand falls into the art category. What does that look like? Beyond just a logo, have a website to capture leads and emails beyond your social media followers. Make sure that website like your social channels has a consistent voice, the same color palettes,

A brilliant way to help you illustrate your brand is to have quality photography. Quality content is often Save the amateur photos and videos for your Instagram Stories, and view your feed as more of a portfolio or catalog. Schedule a quarterly photo shoot and capture three months worth of high-quality images and video for your social media channels. The rest of your posts can be filled in with user-generated content, your own social media graphics you’ve designed, and so forth. You’ll want to create an aesthetic that is true to your brand as well as shows a rhythm that your audience can anticipate. A great way to do this is stick with a handful of conversation topics (I’d suggest no more than five). For example, on the FACTEUR feed, we focus primarily on 1. offering tips, 2. featuring our clients, 3. sharing behind-the-scenes content of our studio, 4. revealing the latest marketing news, 5. sharing content we find to be inspirational to us in the moment. You won’t see a curveball post of what we are having for lunch, unless it ties back to one of these topics (like lunch at a client’s restaurant, behind-the-scenes of a team meeting, etc).

2. Make a date with your audience.

This next tip is more behind-the-scenes, but it’s one of the most important: be consistent on the platforms you choose to communicate. Spend time every week to schedule content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Be sure are you are scheduling at the optimal time based on your analytics, and try to always sign off with a call to action. Be sure the times that you are scheduling are times you are available to engage, as well. Algorithms favor responsiveness, so don’t just post and disappear. In general, people are on social media during hours outside of the work day, but not the weekend. So think lunchtime and evenings, but check your own analytics to determine when your audience is most likely to see your content and engage with it to help you stand out. Every Monday at @facteurpr on Instagram, we do a Monday Q+A on Stories. Our followers have come to expect this dialogue from us, and if we miss a Monday or post late, we now hear about it! Need some ideas on what to post? Check out our content calendar workbooks.

Instagram business accounts that posted up to 10 segments on Stories each day earned twice as many impressions than those that didn’t post on Stories at all.
— Forbes

3. Be real.

The best place I can tell you to exercise this is on Stories. Forbes recently revealed that Instagram business accounts that posted up to 10 segments on Stories each day earned twice as many impressions than those that didn’t post on Stories at all.Furthermore, engagement is higher on Stories than the news feed, meaning brands are more likely to see action taken – likes, emoji drops, or DMs – if they post on Stories v. the newsfeed. (Stories alone has 400 million daily users!) Being at the top of the news feed with your Stories is prime real estate, and you want to keep it, so try to post on Stories often. Plus, video is the most consumed content type and this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. I think we’re going to see more for IGTV, too. Better yet, make a date with your audience and do an IGTV or Stories the same time each day or week. Similarly, show your face on Stories and on your feed as often as able. People want to know who you are, not just what you are selling. Plus photos of faces are 40% more liked than photos without faces. Audiences like relatability and vulnerability, and it’s great to do that in your photos as well as captions.

4.) Spend your money wisely.

Social media is becoming more pay-to-play, and even with Instagram’s latest algorithm shift back to a more chronological feed, we’re still finding only about 5% of anyone’s followers seeing the content that they post. My favorite avenue to advertise on is Instagram Stories. We already know the engagement rate is higher there, and with an ad, you get the coveted Swipe Up button. This is a great way to spend any quarterly ad dollars.

Another great way to spend any quarterly ad dollars is to partner with micro influencers and community members over a period of time vs. for a singular post. View these collaborations as long-lasting relationships versus simply “sponsored” opportunities. This is a great way to build an influential ambassadorship, support other business owners, and really see the long-term value of your efforts.

What do you think of these tips? Any you’d like to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

How to know if your business is ready for PR

Photo: Marina Claire Photography

Photo: Marina Claire Photography

"How do you know if you're ready for PR?" This is a question we often hear from potential clients. They know they want to gain exposure for their brand, but what does it take? I addressed this very question with Modern CLE on Sunday’s Behind the Story event at the FACTEUR PR office, and wanted to share the insight with our readers here, too.

The fact of the matter is, you always need PR. You always want people saying great things about your brand, so you need to initiate that by being a voice for your brand. PR is more than just media relations. It’s events, it’s customer service, it’s managing how you interact with people when they walk through your door, it’s the messaging and imaging you deliver through social media. Now the question of when to know if you need to hire a PR pro to increase your exposure boils down to a couple things. 

1. Do you have a strong brand? If the look and feel is consistent, your mission and values are apparent, you know exactly who your audience is, the tone and voice of your content is in line with who you are as a brand, and the business itself is operating as it should, you’re going to be ready for communicate all of that clearly.

2. Can you afford it? When you’re hiring a PR person, you are paying for their time, not for a media placement like in advertising. To give an example, a full-page ad in Martha Stewart Living is $233,000. An article will only cost you the time of the publicist, which includes everything from researching the opportunity, creating and compiling creative assets, putting together a press kit or materials, story ideation, sending samples, pitching, securing, follow-up, interview coordination, reporting, and so forth. However, the important thing to note is that editorial coverage is never a guarantee and not always on your schedule like advertising, but arguably its value is higher because you have a reputable third party endorsing or covering your brand. 

3. Can you handle increased recognition? It’s not always an immediate correlation that PR leads to revenue. Rather, PR elevates reputation, which can absolutely lead to greater revenue. So make sure your business can scale to meet the demands.

At FACTEUR PR, we offer scalable public relations services, from coaching to committed engagements. If you have any questions at all, drop a comment below or contact us!

Reena S. Goodwin of FACTEUR PR recognized by Modern CLE

It’s not every day that those of us whose jobs are mostly executed behind-the-scenes are recognized in the media. And we’re super excited to be noticed and featured in Modern CLE this week! Jillian Kramer, editor of the digital publication shining a light on and for Northeast Ohio women, spent some time with us recently at the FACTEUR office. We talked about everything from landing to losing my dream job right after college, to how I started FACTEUR, to my pregnancy that I thought would derail my career but in fact, helped to advance it. You can read all about it here.

As part of Modern CLE’s new editorial initiatives, we’re partnering on a Behind the Story event on Sunday, January 20! You’re invited to enjoys bottomless bubbly and sweets catered by @sweetcostocle, plus an intimate and informative discussion with me, in which I’ll share tips for how to stand out on social media. Plus, you get your headshot taken and freshen up those Instagram profiles, as well!

At the time of this blog post publishing, tickets are already half-way sold out, so snag them fast before they’re gone!


Currently: Favorites with Emily Kopchak

Emily Kopchak

Welcome back to Currentlya series from FACTEUR PR where we share the latest favorites of our staff and clients here on our blog! In this edition, get to know Emily Kopchak, FACTEUR PR Intern. Emily is a senior at Kent State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Fashion Media and Visual Communication Design. Cheers!

Currently, my favorite...

Book I recently read or am reading:
I haven’t had much time to set aside for reading recently, but I am excited get around to reading Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming. I love reading the stories of inspiring women!

Part of my job:
This internship has been the best opportunity to add to my portfolio! It is such a great space to learn as well.

PICTURE VIA AMAZON

PICTURE VIA AMAZON

Album or song:
Mumford & Sons released a new album in November! Delta has a number of great jams and is overall a good road trip choice, as I usually find the folk rock band to be.

Place I visited:
Though I could talk all day about the places I went during my study abroad semester last year, I thought it would be better to mention somewhere I travelled to within the last month or two. My family trips are often oriented around visiting a National Park. This fall break, we went to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine. It was cold but absolutely beautiful, with a number of great hikes!  

PICTURE VIA THE BUBBLIST

PICTURE VIA THE BUBBLIST

Magazine I read:
The Gentlewoman is a nice step away from Vogue and has recently featured some good artist stories. I also quite like their minimal layout designs.

Blog I read:
I honestly don’t keep up with many blogs. The main one I do enjoy is Pretty Little Fawn. She has a lovely warm and natural aesthetic. Consistency and honesty accompany her beautiful photos, which is always a plus.

Clothing/accessories/shoes I bought:
I had some good luck recently finding an excellent navy wool blazer on the consignment site The Real Real.

Event I attended:
Also something for the future, I look forward to visiting the new Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Back in July in New York, I saw a small exhibition with pieces from her trip to Hawai’i in 1939. I am quite interested in seeing a different perspective on her life, particularly one that analyzes how both her clothes and her art changed over time. 

PICTURE VIA KATIE RODGERS

PICTURE VIA KATIE RODGERS

Instagram account:
 I enjoy seeing what projects artist Katie Rodgers is working on. On her Instagram account @paperfashion, she is known for “shadow dancer” figures but also does beautiful florals and scenic pieces. She is also great at sharing her materials of choice and filming process videos.

Drink I tried:
In Kent, there is a quality coffee shop I frequent called Tree City Coffee. Their seasonal menus are always good, with one of my favorite autumn items being an Apple Harvest Tea. Ginger tea and a cinnamon stick are steeped in steamed apple juice. How genius!

PICTURE VIA RADIO TIMES

PICTURE VIA RADIO TIMES

TV show or movie I watched:
This year, I gave the show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel a try, and I am obsessed! I love a good period piece appreciate the smart comedy woven in. The characters are dynamic and perfectly casted. The attention to detail in making the 1950’s setting is amazing too!

Thing overall I'm obsessed with:
Lastly, I am sure I am not the only one that falls down the rabbit hole of YouTube every once in awhile. One of my favorite series is Actors on Actors that Variety puts out. Every awards season or so, pairs of actors and actresses discuss their current film project and often fangirl over each other’s work. I will always have a spot in my heart for Hollywood, so I am all ears for a little behind-the-scenes!

Digital content and social media ideas for December

While we're planning for 2019, let's not forget we still have one important and busy month to end the year on, December! Can you believe the holiday season is here? It can definitely be hard to think about making time to curate content for your blog, PR, and social media channels when this month's to-do list seems almost a mile long. Here are just a few opportunities this month to align your brand or business with some already note-worthy happenings online.

December is...

  • Root Vegetables Month

  • Exotic Fruits Month

  • AIDS Awareness Month

  • Universal Human Rights Month

  • Write a Business Plan Month

  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Daily opportunities include...

December 1: Day With(Out) Art Day
December 2: National Mutt Day
December 4: National Cookie Day
December 11: International Children's Day
December 13: National Cocoa Day
December 15: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 18: Free Shipping Day
December 30: Bacon Day
December 31: National Champagne Day
 

Want more content ideas? Check out our curated content calendars specifically for the food & drink, arts & hobbies, health & wellness, and lifestyle industries. You can find them under the Instas tab here on the FACTEUR website (and showcased below). We've pulled together social media, blogging, and PR opportunities based on monthly and daily holidays, hashtags, and high profile events that are related to each of those industries. Also included is a list of story ideas to get you started with developing your editorial plan, as well as space to brainstorm your own ideas. Right now, we're offering each calendar for $9, and if you buy all four with our Blogger Bundle, you basically get one free! Plus, every time we update the calendars, we'll make sure you'll get the newest iteration (at no extra charge, of course). Happy creating!

Reflect + Refresh: Brand considerations for the New Year

Depending on the situation, this time of year is when a brand is either winding down or going full speed ahead to achieve a successful holiday season. As these last few weeks pass by, remember to take a step back and look at everything you and your company has accomplished. Celebrate the successes!

However, it is equally as essential to also analyze where improvements can be made. Now is the moment to make time to stop and reflect on what has happened. This activity can be done over the course of a few weeks, or you could sit down and list everything that comes to mind in one go. It is all about making the contemplation session as beneficial as possible!

FACTEUR PR has three areas to add to your to-do list, along with some questions to ask yourself that may help with the process.

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Mission and Vision

  • Is your mission statement still accurate?

  • Who has your audience grown to include?

We are aware of the amazing growth that a business can have in just one year, particularly for small businesses that are still in those critical early building stages. It is necessary to pause and consider if the direction the company is going is still fully parallel to that of its mission. Compare the different aspects of growth to the elements of your mission statement and the values that accompany it. Though your brand’s mission may not be literally written out for your audience to see, having it for the team to refer to is undoubtedly helpful to stay on track. (Thinking you may need a reset button on that statement? Here is a great resource to help.)

Social Media Presence

  • Are you staying on-brand with the company’s aesthetics and voice?

  • How does the tone of your content adapt to seasonal/cultural/societal shifts?

Take note of what kinds of posts are best received and focus on those. Do this while keeping everything relevant, however. Just because everyone loves a cute puppy photo does not mean it should be utilized over a more relatable image. Content needs to have strong visuals and writing to provide customers with a well-rounded message. It also is important to observe how your target market utilizes social media. Are they actually moving away from Facebook and towards Pinterest? There are trends in not only products and ideas but how individuals access and share them. Don’t forget to keep an eye out! Not sure how to read your audience? Just ask them!

Customer Interaction

  • Do you have accessible avenues for consumer feedback?

  • Do you encourage follower promotion by re-sharing their content, or do you keep all promotional content in-house?

It can be challenging to balance staying true to oneself and following what the customer desires. Because of this, it is a good idea to keep a level of two-way communication. Whether you make a point of responding to followers’ comments and questions on your Instagram posts or have an easy option for leaving online reviews, allowing customers to share their thoughts provides them with a way to feel and be more connected. Also, welcoming images or media that have been created by customers, known as user generated content, can increase brand connections. Both of these improve brand loyalty. This in turn lets a company make more informed decisions moving forward.

As you may have noticed, each of these areas are intertwined with the next. How a customer can connect with your brand may often rely on your presence online. The company’s reputation of honesty and/or transparency for the consumer relies on the proper execution of its values through the various physical and digital avenues. This is why we advise for a brand, personal or professional, to unpack these elements at the end of the year to have a fresh, successful start to 2019!

Warmest holiday wishes - we can’t wait to see what is to come in the year ahead!

Case Study: How this brand broke through a saturated market to earn 250 million media impressions

The project

Oak & Honey Events is an earth-friendly event planning company based in Northeast Ohio. In addition to planning weddings and nonprofit special events, the brand also produces its annual Recycled Wedding Boutique, a flea-market of sorts for couples to sell their used wedding wears and wares while alleviating some of the carbon footprints created while planning events of a large scale.

a press kit helps tell your brand story.

a press kit helps tell your brand story.

The plan

FACTEUR PR created a yearlong integrated Public Relations plan and executed the plan through targeted media outreach over a period of six months. We created a dynamic Electronic Press Kit (above), an educational and actionable infographic, and developed thoughtful pitches to both local and national media outlets. How did our pitches stand out in a competitive field such as weddings and event planning? Our strategy heavily revolved around positioning the company’s founder as an expert in the field of sustainable event planning. 

The RESULTS (so far!)

More than 250 million media impressions across media outlets including Martha Stewart Weddings, Good Housekeeping, Brit + Co, Brides, Bridal Guide, and locally on Cleveland.com and the Akron-Beacon Journal.

What the client had to say:

“I started working with FACTEUR last year. I previously was using a national PR group that works with many vendors in the wedding industry. It was very cookie cutter and was not customized to our specialty, so I was looking to make a change. When I started working with Reena she had done her research and presented a PR packet customized to us. We have had a lot more PR coverage than previously not only locally but nationally as well. I was so happy after the first three months I signed for another three to help continue with our PR plan. I can not speak more highly of her and the team. They really go the extra step to make sure you get the bang for your buck.”   -Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events


FACTEUR PR is a boutique studio devoted to public relations, social media, content marketing and digital creative services for emerging and established brands and businesses. Interested in collaborating? Contact us

Pinterest just might be that one thing missing from your marketing plan

Since its launch in 2010, Pinterest has seemingly fallen in and out of popularity over the years. However, all of us at FACTEUR think it is back, and in a big way. Time has proven that Pinterest is a very successful, yet rarely used, marketing tool. They have a great variety of users, mostly made up of millennial women. However, according to Pinterest, 50% of their new sign-ups this year have been men. If your targeted audience is included in this demographic, Pinterest is perfect for your brand! Whether you’re an influencer, blogger, business, etc. you should be using Pinterest in your marketing efforts to drive traffic to your website, increase sales, engagement, and credibility, among other things. Here’s why:


More People Use Pinterest Than You Think

Pew Research Center assembled research in January of 2018 which indicated that 29% of U.S. adults are users on Pinterest, third only to Facebook and Instagram. That is not an insignificant chunk of people.  And, if you’re not on Pinterest, you are missing out on that whole marketing segment.

Picture via SOCIALBARRELL.COM

Picture via SOCIALBARRELL.COM

Pinterest is more than Wedding Mood Boards and DIY Inspiration

Pinterest is essentially a search engine. People go there to find things they want, so why wouldn’t you put yourself out there for them to find? Once you break in and establish yourself, your experience is totally curated to your relevant fields of interest. Basically, you won’t have to fight with 50 “wedding dress” mood boards if you’re a personal chef, and vice versa! The OG Pinterest user, The Blogger, used Pinterest specifically to drive more interested traffic to their website, and so can you!

Pinterest Will Increase Your Visibility

Specifically, Pinterest can contribute to your site’s ever-so-important SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Newly launched in 2018, there are four different sections of Pinterest that your pins can be found on, making even more opportunities to connect with people. They are:

  • The Hashtag Feed

Relatively new to Pinterest, hashtags allow users to search for specific feeds showing current real-time posts containing their desired content. Adding all relevent hashtags to your pins will get your posts included in each one of those hashtag feeds.

  • The Smart Feed or Home Feed

This is where Pinterest assembles posts from a user’s interests. They are found using a new algorithm that looks at saved, related, and pins relevant to each user’s interest, and assembles a feed that prioritizes “best” over “newest.”

  • Search

The Search Feed shows the best of the best pins in the relevant category. In order to appear near the top in this feed, you need domain, pin, and pinner quality. A good way to get these things is to add as much information and legitimacy to your pins, personal website, and profile as possible.

  • The Following Tab

In the Following Tab, users see content that the people they follow are pinning. This is a one-stop-shop for recommendations from your own curated feed. A good way to appear on this is to increase your presence and consistency in pins to gain followers.


Appearing in all of these feeds will increase your SEO overall, and will lead to increased trust and visibility for your brand. Read here for some more ways to “win” at Pinterest.


You Can Create a Free Business Profile

Because Pinterest will let you create a free business profile, you will be able to see analytics and trends for all of your content, making for easy and streamlined monitoring of your efforts over time. If you already have a Pinterest profile, you can also convert it to a business profile at any time! Follow this guide to learn more.  

Zaful has created promoted pins with click through purchasing that aren’t an eyesore for the feeds they appear in

Zaful has created promoted pins with click through purchasing that aren’t an eyesore for the feeds they appear in

You can Create Promoted and Buyable Pins

You can also purchase promoted pins, which bump up your placement in feeds, and are shown to increase total engagement.

Pinterest also allows users to create pins which have a feature allowing products to be bought within the Pinterest app itself. This feature is now available to every Pinterest user, via Shopify. Pinterest has indicated that 1 in every 2 people will make a purchase after seeing a promoted pin, and why not make it easier for them with this cool new feature?

Still not convinced? Read on to learn about recent success stories from businesses who have embraced Pinterest.

ThirdLove, an indie bra retailer that makes the “perfect bra” started using promoted pins with one-click access to a landing page from their own website. After six weeks of consistent and new content in promoted pins, they saw a 26% increase in traffic to their site, and a resulting 14% lower cost per acquisition.

Wayfair, a wildly popular furniture retailer, found huge success by creating buyable pins for every single one of their products. Since launching this campaign they have seen increased traffic and revenues, and decreased advertising costs.

Moorea Seal’s Pinterest Boards

Moorea Seal was a recent graduate, who wanted to launch her own business. She gained popularity on Pinterest because of her curated boards. Each one was thoughtfully curated and housed enough appealing content to gain her a mass following. Since joining Pinterest, she has gotten two book deals, opened an online store, and opened a store front, all of which she attributes to her Pinterest success.

Seems pretty easy, right? Pinterest might just be what you’re missing to get your marketing plan really working for you. If you have experience with Pinterest or are going to give Pinterest marketing a shot, let us know how you get on in the comments below. And of course, share this post with your business hustling friends!

The FACTEUR Holiday Gift Guide

The FACTEUR PR team knows how easy it is to be wrapped up in all of life’s responsibilities, and suddenly it is the middle of the holiday season! To help you get a head start, we have gathered great gift ideas for a number of different people in your life. The best part is that each of the items featured below is from our wonderful clients, with many of them being small businesses to support. It’s a win-win!

Here is a delightful gift or two for…

The Unofficial Personal Stylist

We know that one friend that you can always turn to for outfit advice. Why not treat them to a lovely accessory that will fit instantly into their wardrobe? Bombay Taxi Boutique has fun limited edition jewelry, handmade in India, such as this elegant quartz bracelet. Another unique company, Liza Michelle Jewelry, designs beautiful pieces that are hand cast in recycled metals. This necklace is from their Crater collection, which is inspired by textures and the moon.

The Resident Chef

If you are lucky enough to have a passionate foodie in your home, you may want to thank them for all the great meals you’ve had together this year. Philly-based Jar Goods offers the perfect option for a go-to tomato sauce. If you can’t decide which of their delicious classic flavors to pick, how about all three? A hand towel always comes in handy in the kitchen, and this black and white tasseled one from Homies is made from super absorbent 100% cotton.

The Perfect Hostess

This individual has a reputation for putting on both the best dinner parties and cozy movie nights in. Show your appreciation for their welcoming home with a chic decorative piece. Homies has handcrafted pillows that are each unique depending on how the fabric is cut and painted. If they are a Cleveland native, try a fun mug with a message. This one from the boutique Banyan Tree will surely bring a smile to their face.

The Cleveland Foodie

This friend is often searching out new places and always has a recommendation for a bite to eat when you are planning the group’s night out. Give them a day off from the hunt by treating them to a meal at Felice Urban Cafe. The eclectic yet relaxed home setting offers fantastic food, with produce that is often sourced from their garden. Another great option before going out to a game or concert, is The Flying Fig. Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, this warm, friendly, and contemporary restaurant proudly sources their delicious meals locally as well.

The Beauty Junkie

It is so much fun for them to try the latest skincare and cosmetics! Often compact, these beauty products work well as stocking stuffers! The trending ingredient of Charcoal can be found in this all-natural cleanser from FreeRange SkinCare. All of their skincare products also include free range eggs that contain natural vitamins and antioxidants. VersaSpa provides a great sunless option for keeping one’s glow all year long.

The Wellness Guru

The encouragement from being a part of a local fitness community makes these kinds of activities so fun to try. Treat an acquaintance to a class at Harness Cycle for some great morning bonding time! And what is better to follow a sweat session than a refreshing sheet mask? Avarelle Cosmetics has a trio of Herbal Infusion masks, with each one featuring a different natural extract: Tea Tree, Rosehip Seed, and Cica.

The Plant Mom

Have a friend whose love of nature inspires many aspects of their life? This cute mini dish with a cactus design would make a perfect bedside table or kitchen counter addition in their home. We also couldn’t help featuring this darling sterling silver ring that was cast from a real twig.

We hope this gives you a good place to start in your holiday shopping. Many of these items will make great stocking stuffers too, so you really can’t go wrong. Happy Holidays!