Bill French is the creative and scientific mind behind MOVA Globes. His idea for the MOVA Globe took years to go from initial concept to final product but the inventor bug had gripped him long before that. Bill sat down with us to discuss how his upbringing led him to become an inventor, what that title means to him, and his inspiration for MOVA Globes.
Archives for July 2015
Here at MOVA International, we believe that hobbies can become your career. Willis’ Rock Shop, a 3rd generation family owned and operated business, is a example of this statement, as they have been selling what they love to craft for the past several decades. Surrounded by the soaring granite mountains of Arcadia National Park and the picturesque rock-bound coastline of Bar Harbor, Willis Rock Shop is a natural draw in its community and thrives on its custom gold and stone jewelry business. In celebration of Independent Retailer Month, we sat down with owners Roger and Cheryl Willis to discuss how it all started.
Woody’s Boathouse and Gifts set sail just last year when they embarked on their journey to create a unique gift shop in the community. Located in Port Clinton, Ohio, Woody’s Boat and Gifts appeals to the many vacationers and fishermen to the area who look for memorable gifts to complement their wild pursuits. In celebration of Independent Retailer Month, we sat down with owner Dennis Stacy to discuss the inspiration behind the store’s nautical theme, his experience with MOVA Creations, and why he’s proud to be an Independent Retailer.
What started from a simple plunge and a struggle to explain their name has now become a beloved store delighting adults with an eclectic range of objects and knick-knacks. Joie de Vivre is nestled in the colorful college town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it has served the community for over 30 years with a unique selection of items from postcards and puzzles to kaleidoscopes and American crafts that appeal to almost any budget. A MOVA Globe retailer since 2008, Joie de Vivre owner Linda Given took some time out of her day to talk with us about how she started her business, how she first encountered MOVA Globes, and how she selected her fancy name.
Lined with shelves of intellectual books and an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories, Crystal Books and Gifts seeks to stimulate the minds of their customers. The locally owned book store resides in Grand Junction, Colorado – an oasis of lakes, wineries, mountains and intriguing rock formations that help to enhance the store’s spiritual vibe. Crystal Books and Gifts has been a MOVA Globe retailer for over 2 years and in celebration of Independent Retailer Month, we sat down with owner Cheryl Lucas to discuss the creation of her business, her experience with MOVA Creations and why she’s a proud Independent Retailer.
Situated in beautiful San Francisco, California is PIER 39, a waterfront complex full of unique shops, restaurants, attractions, and stunning views. A must-see for tourists and a favorite of the locals, PIER 39 is home to The Crystal Shop, a mainstay in the area that has carried the entire MOVA line since 2012, while also offering the finest in glass, crystal, art, and giftware. We sat down with owner Gautam Nakarmi to discuss the historic San Francisco waterfront and his thoughts on MOVA Creations.
Kicking off the summer month of July is Independent Retailer Month, recognized in various countries throughout the world as the event to celebrate independent retailers – the local “mom and pop” shops that bring both business and charm to our hometowns and cities. Here at MOVA International, we think that local businesses reflect the unique values and stories of our communities, on top of offering us an alternative shopping experience that we can’t find at big box stores. So what makes indie retail shopping so deserving of our attention? When you shop at an independent retailer:
Independent Retailer Month is here and we’d like to celebrate the small businesses and local shops who help foster our economy and bring life to our communities. As the manufacturer of MOVA Globes, we are fortunate to have a network of knowledgeable retail partners across the country who equally share our enthusiasm and dream for our Earth-inspired creations. Our MOVA partners are the stores and businesses that help us in making the purchase of a MOVA Creation a truly hands-on and engaging experience for all MOVA enthusiasts and new customers alike. To celebrate Independent Retailer Month, we’d like to highlight some of our partners in different regions across the United States as they talk about their business and what makes them a unique indie retailer.