February 27, 2011

What's Next? . . .

So it’s been a little over a month since we closed the store. Although I still can’t express my feelings adequately, I’ll try. I’ve read every single email, post, tweet and note. I’m in awe. It’s so surreal to me that I’ve made a difference to so many people and I’m completely overwhelmed….in the most amazing way. I hope you all understand how much you mean to me, and how your thoughts have influenced me. What a gift! Since closing CGB, I’ve been able to spend more time with my boys and I’m so thrilled with the adventures we’ve had. And although I’ve still been updating our Facebook and Twitter, I recently decided to close both accounts. I cannot duplicate what CGB was and it’s time for me to let it go. It's been a sincere pleasure to act as a resource for you all and I thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support and love. Don’t forget to utilize the resources at Mighty Aphrodite, Parents United and Whole Soul Mumma’s blog in the future. They are fantastic and will help you in your journey through parenthood. Peace, Love and Laughter, Jennie, Tom, Tommie and Ben

February 5, 2011

CGB is Closing

It is with a very heavy heart that I am announcing the closing of CGB.

I'm so grateful for the 4.5 years we've been able to serve the Salem community and beyond. Many of you are like family to me and I'm so glad we've had the opportunity to learn from one another.

Thankfully, a few wonderful Salem shops are stepping up to take over some of our ventures.

Mighty Aphrodite Maternity is a wonderful resource for expecting mothers and will take over the lending library that we've been building. Borrow some books, purchase your maternity clothes and utilize Brett's knowledge. She is an amazing resource and can offer dynamic support for both the expecting and post-partum mom.

The unique classes that CGB has always offered can now be found at Green Tea Yoga. And it's a perfect fit - Segue directly from HypnoBirthing to Prenatal Yoga.

And for our loyal CSA-ers, check in with Milk & Honey. They are working on becoming the new Salem host site, another perfect fit. Pick up your week's fruits & veggies while also collecting your groceries.

These three local shops are just a few examples of the dynamic and thriving Salem community. Please remember that to maintain our exciting and diverse downtown, we must all shop local. It's not just about the products for sale or the classes offered, its about supporting one another and the unique character of Salem.

Although our brick-and-mortar store is already gone (as is the web store), we'll be maintaining our blog, FB, and Twitter as a resource for parents. And if you have questions about cloth diapering, babywearing, or anything else crunchy.... I'm here for you.

Thank you all for your love and support over the years. I will certainly miss you all.

Peace, Love & Fond Memories.


January 29, 2011

Our New Friend: Northside Carting

Earlier today, I met with Eric Lipsky from Northside Carting, an environmental management service company that currently leases and operates the Salem Transfer Station. He explained to me the following new transfer station incentives, and I'm passing them along to you!

1) The new site will look like the picture above in contrast to its current status. Additionally, this will stabilize the environmental impacts along the Forest River.
2) Northside Carting will provide the complete cost to cap the uncapped ash landfill- a long standing liability to the City of Salem
3) The City will receive $225,000 per year, each year, in a host community agreement of which $30,000 will go directly to the Salem Education Foundation.
4) A new city-wide recycle center for all recyclables and e-waste
5) An updated yard waste center updated yard

Eric has me convinced. But what do you guys think? Comment below or go ahead and let him know!Visit their website or Facebook page.

Remember - For Salem and its businesses to thrive, residents need to stay informed and involved!

January 28, 2011

Twitter Tuesday!

Do you take part in CGB's Twitter Tuesday? We ask you questions via Twitter and Facebook ... you answer ... and we choose one random winner to receive a great, crunchy prize!

A few weeks ago, we asked what your favorite toy was as a child. Thanks to a few of our Twitter friends, who made us nostalgic for our youth. And we hope to see your answers next Tuesday!

@CrunchyGranolaB I loved My Little Ponies!!less than a minute ago via Tweets60

@CrunchyGranolaB My favorite toy was a little stuffed Papa Smurf. I even tied him (gently) to my bike so we could be together all the time!less than a minute ago via web

@CrunchyGranolaB my favorite toy as a child was my kitchen set.less than a minute ago via web

January 27, 2011

New Product: Bamboosa Onesies

Just in time for the cold weather! These lap shoulder long sleeve onesies are 67% Viscose from Organic Bamboo/ 28% Organic Cotton/ 5% Lycra ultra-soft fabric. They are especially designed to give little bodies less constriction and room to wiggle!

Choose from:
- E is for Earth White (in natural)
- R is for Recyle (in sprout)
- C is for Cage Free (in natural)
- A is for Animal Protection (in sherbert)

Stop by CGB and pick up your bamboo onesie, or choose one online.

January 26, 2011

SUP the Coast ... A Video

A few days ago, we told you about SUP the Coast ... Well now, check this out:

SUP The Coast from Wind Powered Productions on Vimeo.

Learn more by visiting their website, blog or Facebook page.

January 25, 2011

New Products: For Cleaning!

New cleaning products have arrived at CGB! Wicked Clean is an all purpose all natural cleaner made from distilled water, castile soap, vinegar, sodium borate, and organic essential oil of lemon.

We've also got a new Mama's No Yuck product - a great cleaning product for car seats, strollers, cushions, rugs, toys & more! It is environmentally friendly, made from natural enzymes, natural surfactant, fragrance, stabilizer, and water. It is non-toxic, 100% biodegradable, alcohol and paraben free, and non-caustic.

Learn about this family owned business and how this product came about and find more information on Mama's No Yuck Cleaner at www.MamasNoYuck.com.