Choosing a New Product Line: O’Douds Apothecary

Jeffrey Qaiyum (JQ) interviews his big brother Anthony Qaiyum (TQ), President and Co-Owner of Merz Apothecary and Smallflower.com, about what he looks for when selecting a product line to sell in-stores and online. They discuss the brand of the month, O’Douds Apothecary, what makes a new brand stand out, and why the look and feel

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4 Ways to Pack Smart for Your Next Trip

As I was packing for spring break, I started thinking about how many people were also gearing up for a big trip. As a theater artist on the international festival circuit and a dad of three little kids, I’ve become an expert in packing for myself and for trips with the whole fam. Here are

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Tips To Maintain Your Beard

Guys: you don’t grow a beard, you keep a beard. If you do nothing, the hair on your face will grow. Your beard will be there unless you elect to shave it so if you are going to be a person with a beard, you’re not growing it–you’re keeping it! Now the question is–how are

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JQ’s Spring Cleanse Salad

Here in Chicago, winter is long and harsh but once it’s finally safe to put away your heavy coat, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning! For some of us, that means cleaning out our closets, our grill, and maybe our garage but it’s also a great opportunity to cleanse our bodies. One of

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