Move Over Food Trucks {SCOOP} :: Flaunt Accessories

Who :: Melissa Hardin

What :: Flaunt Accessories, mobile fashion truck

Why :: Why not?!  While food trucks are all the rage right now, we say, forget the food, we love fashion! Bringing the goods straight to you, whether at a festival or farmer’s market, shop a well-curated selection of fabulous & on-trend pieces. It’s so genius, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it.

Move over food trucks, there’s a new truck in town. For more than two years fashion entrepreneur, Melissa Hardin, has hand selected the latest fashion finds and brought them to women across the Twin Cities via trunk shows under the brand name, Flaunt Accessories. Now women can find Flaunt’s wears at farmers markets and festivals across the metro in the Flaunt Truck. Hardin remodeled an old delivery truck into a fashion paradise. With custom cabinetry, wood floors, a decorative tin ceiling and a chandelier. The truck is a boutique on wheels. It carries the clothing and accessories Flaunt customers have come to love, with an expanded selection of locally crafted jewelry, hats and even shoes.

 “It’s harder for clients to get a group together in the summer since everyone heads to the lake or to the many festivals and events around town,” said Hardin. “So we’re bringing our goods to them.”

 The Flaunt Truck tour includes a regular spot in the Paper Depot lot at the Minneapolis Farmers Market every Sunday, local festivals and several salon events throughout the summer. Find the truck by following them Follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, @Flaunt_Truck.

Shop Flaunt

LaunchHER {SCOOP} :: Showroom

The Shop :: Showroom

Women In Business :: Kimberly Jurek & Jen Chilstrom

LaunchHER Says :: A genius combo of retail and co-op space for local designers with a variety of clothing, jewelry, handbags, visual art & furniture.  With a loft-area for designer use, an in-house tailor and an occasional DJ, Showroom is re-creating the retail landscape for the whole “shop local/buy local/support local” movement. Reminds us of our favorite Garment District showrooms in NYC.  Just one week until the May 31st Grand Opening of Showroom in Minneapolis ~ we can’t wait!

The Deets :: When local Minneapolis fashion designer Kimberly Jurek brought Jen Chilstrom onto the Kjurek line as part owner in 2012, they knew something unique and different needed to happen to their business to secure a sustainable, retailable future.

Discussions of a storefront for Kjurek quickly turned into research and a passion for a cooperative business model under an LLC.

Kimberly Jurek, co-owner, lead designer, and founder of Kjurek in 2005. Kimberly has been a self-employed professional in the fashion industry for 10 years. Kimberly is an accomplished sales representative who has grown Kjurek into a national and international brand.

Jen Chilstrom, co-owner and lead designer of Kjurek since 2012. Was a self-employed fashion designer, visual artist, and performer who started her former label, Djenne Recycling, on the west coast in 2000. She has been an art buyer and has run various fine art galleries across the U.S. Jennifer also has 15 years of experience working in and volunteering for various non-profit community-driven organizations.

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LaunchHER {SCOOP} :: Soul Candy is here!

Here at LaunchHER HQ, we’ve been counting the days until today ~ the official launch of Soul Candy by Danielle Dowling! We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek a few months ago, and were so excited. As if that weren’t enough, the ever-thoughtful Danielle sent us a tank and, OhMyWord, we were hooked! Seriously love this tank. The feel-good vibe rivals the comfort. And that is saying a lot.

Now that the word is out, don’t delay! Get your tank today, wear it everywhere, and experience sweet jolts of goodness & candy for your soul. The healthiest candy we know.

About Danielle :: Dr. Danielle Dowling is a writer, blogger, and life coach. She holds a doctorate in psychology and is an intuitive strategist who works with women leaders who are ready to stop compromising on the things that matter most – self-realization, soulful companionship accessing your innate power. Her goal is to inspire women to live inspiring lives; to help her experience a life better lived and to help her achieve her dreams, whatever they may be.Get inspired ~ follow Danielle on Facebook & Twitter

LaunchHER {SCOOP} :: Pop-up Shop With a Twist

{Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed}

If you are anywhere near St. Paul tomorrow, join 40+ vendors in support of the Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed (HAMMS) event.
LaunchHER is proud to be a sponsor of this fun Minnesota version of a pop-up shop.
Grab your pooch {it’s a dog friendly event!} and head on down to the former Hamm’s Brewery Shipping docks to meet the Makers ~~
  • apparel
  • skincare
  • art
  • jewelry
  • eco-friendly products
  • food trucks
  • wine & local brew
  • live music!
The twist? This is also a crowd-funding event! Up to $5,000 in ticket sales will be awarded to one lucky vendor at the show!
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Find more information at
Can’t make the event? Shop the vendors online


Saturday, April 20th, 10:00am – 7:00pm
The Former Hamm’s Brewery Shipping Docks,
713 East Minnehaha Ave
St. Paul, MN

LaunchHER {SCOOP} :: Realia by Jen ~ The Paris Collection

It’s no secret we here at LaunchHER love baubles, sparkle, and the genius jewels Jen Scheffler creates. Jen recently launched her Spring 2013 creations, The Paris Collection, and we were lucky enough to attend the launch party.

The Paris Collection is a gorgeous group of romantic, yet on-trend, swoon-worthy jewelry. From etched polka dots to pearls and bows, here’s to bringing a little Paris to your Springtime. Visit Realia by jen to view the entire collection and see why we are in love with it all!

The SCOOP  :: Realia by jen’s spring 2013 Paris Collection was inspired by the designer’s first ever travel experience – studying abroad in Europe.  This collection showcases a young girl in her formative years exposed to a world much more deeply rooted and vast than she imagined possible.  Included amongst the eye opening encounters was the awakening of her sense of fashion, spurred on by her surroundings.  From the blatantly French iconography of the Eiffel tower to the delicious wafts of freshly baked cinnamon raisin croissants, Paris wages a magically rich assault on the senses.   These lingering memories have resurfaced in the colors and images of realia by jen’s Paris Collection.

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LaunchHER {Scoop} :: Pinterest Savvy


You love Pinterest. We love Pinterest. Justify your time spent pinning by learning how to  increase your followers and increase your marketplace influence.

Our friend, Melissa Taylor, shows you how she went from 4,000 followers to over 1 million in just a month.

What you will learn from Pinterest Savvy:

  • How to attract more followers & increase brand awareness
  • How to achieve marketing and sales goals
  • Business-specific strategies
  • Success stories & tactics
  • Secrets from top Pinners

Melissa is offering a FREE download on Amazon TODAY only ~don’t miss out!

Melissa Taylor is an award-winning educator and writer. She writes primarily about education, children’s literature, and technology for publications online and in print such as Parenting.comScholastic Parent and Child,, Colorado Parent Magazine, and others. Her first book, Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader, was published November 2012 to critical acclaim. She writes an award-winning play and learning blog, Imagination Soup.

You know we only bring you what we believe in and know works. No hype here, no affiliate relationship, just a heads up for a great deal we know will launch your business to the next level.

LaunchHER Scoop :: Shop Small. Feel Big


Boho Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Boho Mama

A Boho Mama makes looking good, look effortless. She loves natural beauty, good karma, and vintage anything. The world can wait…when she’s making memories with her children.

Boho Mama Mothers Day Gift Guide

1} Hammered Copper Earrings $35, Arden Jewelry Design • 2} A Touch of Whimsy Notecard $15, Palm Beach Parties • 3} Peacock Feather Wall Art $27, Y instead of I • 4} Heart and Wings Pendant $58, SariBlue


Preppy MamaCrafty MamaUrban MamaRustic MamaNew MamaGreen MamaFoodie Mama Fur-Baby Mama

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The “little things” :: A Special Thank You from LaunchHER

To say that we don’t get caught up in the number of Facebook fans LaunchHER has, would be a lie.  In fact, as we’re writing this, we have 2,504 fans.  Of course we keep track!  This is the community we interact with on a daily basis.  We use our Facebook page as a place to promote your business, share our business articles, and as a place to just “chat”.  Not only that, but we are sincerely flattered when we see people share LaunchHER posts, or recommend our page to other small business owners.  Facebook fans are very important to us.

LaunchHER Legal and Marketing for Women in BusinessAt one of our usual Monday Meetings about a month ago, we chose a random milestone {2,500 fans} and decided that once we reached that milestone we would offer something special to express our thanks.  We didn’t make a huge hoopla about it, just a simple post here and there, because we want our Facebook page to continue to be a community not just a place where people just come for “free” stuff.  This is about you, and the immense support you have shown us and to the entire LaunchHER network.  We are happy to have reached over 2,500 Facebook Fans!

Maybe you’re asking, what have I done?

You “liked” a recent Freshly Launched post.

You shared.

You introduced yourself.

You found inspiration.

You gave support.

You “liked” another business’ page.

You commented.

You participated in Look @ Me Monday.

You read.

It may seem like a little thing to you, but to us, it’s ALL about the “little things” because they add up to great things. Great, BIG things.

So please, join us tomorrow to see what BIG things we have in store for you – it is a one-day exclusive that we have NEVER offered before.

xxoo, Tracy & Kara

LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011

Over the past 12 months, our tongue-in-cheek 40 Under 40 list of women-owned brands has become our most-read post. While the idea behind that list was to fulfill Kara’s personal goal of being named to a 40 Under 40 list while she was still, in fact, under 40, profiling amazing women entrepreneurs was thrilling.

So without further ado, we present the…

LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011*

In no particular order, but in keeping with tradition…in reverse alphabetical order, of course. {wink, wink}

  Molly Vernon {store owner/author}





    Jennifer Untermeyer {travel expert/entrepreneur}





  Amber Toste {boutique owner/fashion lover}





women in business becky sturm 3 way beauty   Becky Sturm {beauty business expert/inventor}





   Kim Stoegbauer {party stylist/editor/HGTV blogger}





   Leigh Standley {artist}





  Jessie Senese {party supplies}





   Anna Ryan & Selena Srabian {nurses/inventors}






   Mally Roncal {makeup artist/inventor}






   Cassandra Rippberger {graphic designer}






   Angela Parks {designer/blogger},





 Jo Packham {publisher/entrepreneur},



   Heather Mellstrom & Stephanie Monge {designers}





   Nikki McGonigal {author/crafter}





   Holly Mathis {interior designer}





   Jami Lindberg {entrepreneur/social media maven}





   Natalie Jost {designer/curator}





   Cathe Holden {graphic designer/writer}





   Valeria Guerrero {graphic designer/entrepreneur/founder}





   Sally Gemignani {party supplies}





   Jenny Ford {shoe designer/sugar lover}





   Lara Field {pediatric dietician/gluten-free guru}





   Tauni Everett {founder}





  Wendy Estes & Tiffany Harris {entrepreneurs/style mavens},





   Erin Edwards {jewelry designer}





   Rae Dunn {ceramic artist}





   Elizabeth Dehn {beauty writer & skincare creator}





  Anne M. Cramer {clothing designer}





   Bridget Connell {handbag designer}





   Jenni Clark {children’s clothing designer}





   Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood {DIY mavens}





  Grace Bonney {blogger/author}





  Jennifer Berson {publicist}





  Holly Becker {author/founder of decor8}





   Maureen Anders & Adria Ruff {graphic designers & party stylists}



*******************************launchher photo courtesy Megan Norman Photography

We are continually inspired by the women we meet, and are enjoying every minute of our own journey as women entrepreneurs.  Cheers!

~Kara Jensen Zitnick & Tracy Corcoran, LaunchHER

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* This article is the sole opinion of LaunchHER. No payment or other consideration was exchanged for inclusion.