Events, Local Business

How to Use Instagram, Social Media, and Email to Grow Your Business

Join Meg Biram, established full-time blogger and consultant with close to 40,ooo followers on Instagram, for a workshop to gain more knowledge on Instagram, Instagram Stories, and how to use a website, email newsletters, Pinterest, and other social media platforms to help you get the word out about your business.  It will be held at AR Workshop Monday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00PM.  If you are creative, a small-business owner, an artist, all of the above, this is for you!

There are proven strategies for using Instagram, Instagram Stories, and other platforms to build your business.  You will learn these and also how to collaborate with other businesses to help expand your client/follower base.  Bring your questions because there will be a Q & A session!

The more you know about the features of Instagram before the workshop, the more you will get out of the class.  You should bring your phone (with an Instagram account) and pen and paper.

Meg is an established full-time blogger, consultant, entrepreneur, and artist.  She has been blogging for 10 years, and has launched multiple successful businesses from her blog.

See Meg‘s work at and find her on Instagram @megbiram

Click here to sign up and to see AR Workshop’s other offerings.


Local Business

Knits by Naima


If you are looking for a great, fashionable way to keep warm this winter, you should check out Knits by Naima. It is a one-woman, local business based in Del Ray offering handcrafted knintware including hats, scarves, mittens and more.

Naima Barnes started knitting in 2013 after she learned the basics at a knitting club offered at her job in Seattle. There she learned the basics of how to put yarn on the needle. And from there she was hooked! She ventured to YouTube to learn more and was able to pick up advanced skills through videos. Later, someone pointed out to her that she was knitting as a right-handed person even though she was left-handed. Apparently, the YouTube videos had instructed her as a right-hander. But she knew it that way, so stayed with that method.

She started with scarves and headbands, then moved on to hats, then mittens and more. She opened her Etsy shop about one year ago. There she offers made-to-order items but you can view samples of her work to see what you would like. She can make a scarf in about a week, but a hat takes only about one day!

She does have another job. She works as a Planner at Motley Fool Wealth Management. So, knitting provides Naima a way to wind down from the stresses of the world and is a way for her to practice self-care.

The link to her shop is here.

You can also find her on Facebook  and on Instagram.