Why We’re Hiring a Full Time Operations Manager at Gifting Business Marigold & Grey

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As you may have seen on Instagram, we are seeking a full-time Operations Manager to join our small-but-mighty gifting team. But behind every pretty social media post there lies a story and we want to tell you the full scoop of exactly why we are hiring. The reason is both happy and sad. We’ll start with the happy. Our current Director of Operations Kelly Rumpke is pregnant with her first baby. And it’s a girl btw!!! Go team pink.


She’s made the decision to take some time away from Marigold & Grey and while we are sad at the thought of not having her around every day, we are incredibly happy for her and her husband and this new chapter they’re embarking on in life. But as happy as we are for them, selfishly, I’m a little misty eyed over here. Kelly was with me back in the “basement days” where we somehow ran these operations out of two small rooms in the basement. That is, until it started getting more and more insane with pallets being dumped in the yard and inventory being stored on all levels of the house and it finally became clear that we needed to invest in a studio space. Kelly was instrumental in coordinating the move and it went off without a hitch.


Since being in the studio, our revenue has more than quadrupled and even though Kelly doesn’t do sales or design the gifts that we sell, I can still say that I attribute this growth in large part to her. We can offer the most beautiful gifts but if they don’t get where they need to go in perfect condition AND on-time, it doesn’t matter how much we sell. When you have an employee who has been such an integral part of the history of the business, it’s hard to see them go. Not to mention, how are we ever going to decorate for the holidays? I mean, she made us start listening to holiday music practically in October. I hated it then but I sure am going to miss it. Like I said above, both happy and sad.


Okay, enough of this sappy stuff. I want to outline the details of this position in case you or anyone you know might be a good fit. Kelly certainly laid a solid foundation for our operations here at Marigold & Grey and our next hire will absolutely have the same opportunity to come in and make a huge impact as well! We’re looking forward to Kelly showing the new person the ropes since thankfully she’s not leaving us just yet.


You can find all details of the position and how to apply here. If you think you’re a good fit for us and us for you, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gifting Business Marigold & Grey Welcomes Spring Intern Keri Callaghan // Intern Intro

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Each semester, we welcome a new intern into our world of curated gift boxes including wedding welcome gifts, bridesmaid gifts, corporate gifts, workshop gifts and basically gifts for all occasions. I’m super excited to introduce you to University of Maryland student, Keri Callaghan!


Tell us a little about yourself:

Hi! My name is Keri Callaghan and I am currently starting my sophomore year at the University of Maryland. I am a communications major with a focus in social influence with a minor in sustainability. In the summer, I live in New Jersey about 20 minutes away from New York City. In my free time, I love to lounge around with my friends, watch Netflix, or find new food places to try (I love a good meal). I’m super excited to see where this journey at Marigold & Grey takes me!

What are you most excited about?

I’m excited to learn directly how to run a small business. Due to my interest in marketing and communications especially, I feel as if this internship will allow me to work hands-on with both of these tracks! The intimacy of this setting will allow me to asks questions and genuinely learn all the behind-the-scenes details that go into such a successful small business!

Where else have you been an intern?

This is my first internship, but in the summer I work as a waitress at a pub and during the school year I work at the front desk at Chevy Chase Country Club.


What about M&G made you want to apply for the internship?

The website had a unique and emerging layout that was appealing to the eye as soon as I logged on. I’ve always been interested in creative marketing so being involved in unique projects such as the ones Marigold & Grey allows theirs interns to be a part of appealed to me. 

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? And received?

The best gift I’ve ever given was for my best friend’s 18th birthday. I made a basket filled with 18 little gifts with a note in regards to the significance of each gift. The best gift I received was a heated blanket because I love to be warm and cozy under a blanket.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I want to be working in NYC at a big marketing or communications firm working directly in creative marketing or food marketing. I’d love to live in an apartment with my best friends in either Hoboken or the city!

Please join us in welcoming Keri to the team. You’ll likely be seeing her periodically on the blog and on social media to be sure to say hi! You can also check out her official bio here!

What I Learned from Taking a Workcation as a Creative Entrepreneur

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

If you follow us on Instagram and specifically Instagram stories, you may have seen last week when I spontaneously packed my suitcase and my desktop Mac and hopped in an uber to check in at the Willard Interncontinental Hotel in DC for 4 days. My plan for the first week of the year was to take off work so I could do planning and strategy for 2018. In doing so, I quickly realized that in my house surrounded by distractions, I continued to become more and more stressed out and couldn’t focus. The clock was ticking. My vacation time was running out so I had to do something and do something fast. So the Willard (fully equipped with a Red Door Spa) was destined to be just the right spot for this out-of-the-blue “workcation”. This solo time away was SO transformative, I can’t help but share my experience with you!

Here’s what I learned…

De-Cluttered Space Matters

In a hotel room, you have the bare essentials. It’s neat, clean, organized, well-decorated and guess what? I noticed how much more productive I was in an environment with LESS. It’s amazing how your environment can impact your mental state so drastically. Now that I’m back home, I’m de-cluttering like a mad woman and plan to continue doing so until the house is a minimal as possible.


Peace & Quiet Matters

There was something awfully therapeutic about making my way to my hotel room, opening the door, walking in, closing the door behind me and not hearing anything from the outside whatsoever. Staying just two blocks from the White House, I could see the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC out of my window. Yet heard nothing. The Willard has over 300 rooms and was pretty full yet I heard nothing. This allowed me to really clear my head and organize my thoughts which is essential for business planning. Not to mention, I had some of the most amazing sleep of my life due to the peace and quiet!


Relaxed Body, Relaxed Brain

Part of the allure of the Willard was the in-house Red Door Spa. About a day or two into my stay, I decided to treat myself to a massage, facial and body wrap. Before the treatments started though, I showed up early and enjoyed the sauna, steam room and hung out in the relaxation room. By the time they called me to begin my treatments, I was well on my way to relaxation. Technically, my time away from home was intended for work but by rewarding myself at the same time, I was able to get even more work done. Here’s why. My relaxed body led to a relaxed mind, resulting in a much higher level of creativity and productivity once I got back to the room to resume working.


Tackle the Hard Stuff

I went into this workcation with a set list of items I HAD to get done. They were the most important ones, the most time consuming, and not-so-coincidentally the ones that I’d procrastinated the longest (and probably even had on my running to-do list since this time LAST year.) Because I knew I was paying a pretty penny for the hotel room and spending time away from my family, I knew that I HAD to make this time count. My first inclination was to get caught up on emails or binge blog for the next month. But you know what, those could wait. Instead, I got down and dirty. I finalized our entire employee handbook (our first ever!), outlined all goals and initiatives for 2018 across ALL aspects of the business, and even mapped out an entire on-boarding process for our new studio assistant Carla so we could be sure to ramp her up properly. These tasks were the hard ones. The ones that required the most thought. And FAR more important than answering emails when for heavesns sake, I had my out-0f-office turned on anyway!


I got so much out of this workcation that my new goal is to eventually be able to afford them quarterly moving forward. I’m not sure what prompted me to flee my house so spontaneously that day but I’m sure glad it did! Curious…have you ever done a workcation? If so, I’d love to know the details of when, where, for how long, what you accomplished, etc. Let us know in the comments or reach out HERE. We always love hearing from you!


Artisan Gifting Business Marigold & Grey Announces Goals for 2018

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

I’m not big on New Years Resolutions. Probably because I never keep them. But I do believe in setting very specific goals for the upcoming year to help guide the way we, as a business, spend both time and resources. I started making our goals public last year, perhaps you remember this post? After a whirlwind 2017 and significant growth (we more than doubled in size), I’m excited to dream even bigger and reveal some of our key initiatives for 2018.


More Occasions

A few years ago, we launched our Pre-Designed Gift Box Collection in our online shop with a small collection of bride-to-be and bridesmaid gifts. It’s grown from there to include occasions such as housewarming, engagement, mom-to-be, thank you, and a few more. But as demand for our online collection grows, we realize the need to expand the collection again to include additional occasions such a birthday, congratulations, sympathy, and a few more we’ll keep secret for the time being. We want to be your go-to for gifting for all occasions and this is just the next step in making this possible.

Improved Checkout

Quite simply, the e-commerce part of our website needs an overhaul. It’s not the smoothest or most intuitive checkout process and that needs to change. While this is a major financial investment, we are ready to make this leap and are anxious to dig in a get started.

Re-Commit to Monthly Newsletters

We took some time to evaluate the content that we’re emailing out to our subscriber list and until decisions were made, we decided to temporarily suspend The Studio Scene, our monthly publication (aka newsletter). However, when we polled our subscriber list, an overwhelmingly high number of people said that they enjoyed receiving our newsletter and never minded seeing it pop up in their inbox. So, we’ll be re-committing to this format for delivering content in 2018. (To sign up, just head to our home page!)

Giving Back

I’m ashamed to say this but there have been several instances where we’ve had to throw food away, mostly snacks, because they’ve expired and we obviously never include expired product in our gift boxes! Some of these items do have longer shelf lives and so this year, our goal is to identify a source for us to consistently donate leftover foods items to long before they expire. Things like pretzel packs, trail mix, chips, candy, nuts and more. I’m a firm believer that business isn’t just about making a profit but about creating jobs, serving clients well and also giving back to the community in which we operate. We frequently donate to various organizations throughout the year but we don’t have an established program in place and so I’m super excited to get this underway in 2018! Once we do, I’ll be sure to update you all on the details!

Further Scale Operations

In 2017, we more than doubled in size revenue wise, but didn’t grow the team. We pushed our operation to the absolute brink. I’m proud of how we came together as a team and made miracles happen, but in the end, it showed me that it really is time to grow the team once again. So you may have seen that I hired Carla as a full-time assistant to support myself with sales, sales operations, marketing and administrative tasks. Kelly, Director of Operations, continues to run the logistical side of things. But if I’m being honest with myself and you, I waited far too long to hire Carla and I don’t want to make that mistake again. Therefore, we are fully committed to growing the team once again in 2018 so we can continue to serve as many clients as possible who are a good fit for our gifting services. While some businesses take advantage of the scarcity factor by saying they’re booked, this actually makes me sick to my stomach every single time we’re forced to turn clients away. If someone wishes to work with us and are a good fit for our programs, then the goal would be to never have to deliver the news “sorry, we’re booked”. Maybe there’s a lead time on starting a project, but never fully booked. A lofty goal, yes. But something we are actively working towards!

Now that I’ve put these in writing, we MUST do them. The pressure is on! What goals have you set for 2018? We’d love to hear! Reach out here. Happy 2018!

Artisan Gifting Business Marigold & Grey Welcomes New Studio Assistant Carla Stubbs

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

After a very long, extensive search for a full-time studio assistant and countless fruitless interviews that left me convinced I was in the twilight zone (I could write a book, I swear!), I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve finally found our girl! Her name Carla Stubbs and as of today, she is officially part of the team! Carla will primarily be supporting me as the CEO with sales support, marketing and admin types of things but will also be pitching in on the operations side of things with some gift assembly and even gift deliveries from time to time. While today is Carla’s first “official” day on the job, she came in for a few days over the holidays to lend a hand with the insanity that was December around here! So while she’s already had a taste of how we do things  and got a glimpse of just how crazy things can get, today is Day One in her new role so please join us in giving her a warm welcome!


Now it’s time for you to hear from Carla in her own words!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Carla. I graduated from Towson University in May of 2017 with a degree in Mass Communications along with a minor in Business Marketing. I love making videos that tell a story, so in 2016 I decided to turn my passion into a small business and opened Carla Elizabeth Studio. I enjoy a challenge and all things creative, so I have been teaching myself hand lettering and calligraphy this holiday season!

What attracted you to the Studio Assistant position? 

I first heard of M&G while working on a styled shoot two years ago, and began following their Instagram. When M&G posted they were looking for a studio assistant, it was around the same time I was looking for a career change. This position seemed perfect because I felt I could make an impact, be creative, and learn from Jamie! 

What were you doing before joining M&G and how do you think it will benefit you in your new position?

Before joining M&G, I worked in B2B marketing where I managed email and social media marketing for several products. This experience will be beneficial to my new role as I have experience balancing many tasks, marketing different products and staying organized! 

What do you most look forward to about the job?

I am most looking forward to learning about the creative and logistical processes of the business while also contributing to help grow the business!

Fave celebrity wedding?

I’m still dreaming about Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding. I studied abroad in London, so I’m particularly passionate about the royal couple! I think that Meghan Markle and Price Harry’s wedding will be one of my favorites too! 

Fave movie? 

My favorite movie is White Christmas! I have tons of memories watching it with my mom, sister and grandmother each year!

Fave travel destination?

London and Lisbon! I spent four months in London while I was in college and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I visited Lisbon for the first time last summer and I quickly became obsessed. The city is adorable, the people are friendly, and the beaches are picturesque.


Fave Insta account these days and why?

I’m pretty obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines, so they top my list of favorite accounts to follow. I also love following the small Baltimore-based plant shop @bwillowbmo for all the plant inspiration! 

Who inspires you?

My sister, Emily. Besides her day job in non-profit marketing, she is a talented photographer and always makes time to host friends and family in her home. She is one of those people everyone wants to be friends with because she is so fun to be around. 


I love to knit, paint, travel and try out new restaurants! 

Best gift you’ve ever been given?

When I was little, my grandfather built my cousins and I doll chests and doll beds. My grandmother painted each of them with beautiful flowers. They have both since passed away, so the gifts now serve as a physical reminder of the incredible people they were! I can’t wait to give it to my children one day. 

Best gift you’ve ever given?

This Christmas, my siblings and I gave my mom a watercolor painting of the lake house my parents bought this year! Owning a house at Lake Anna has been a dream of my moms for years, so it felt special to celebrate it with a piece of art. 

Now that you’ve heard from Carla, I have a confession to make. I reached complete burnout towards the end of 2017 after doing WAY too much in the business for far too long. I had always heard about this thing called “burnout” but had  It’s time for me to grow the team again and delegate some pretty important things to someone else. I’m confident that Carla is the right person for the job! (Can you guys tell I’m excited?!)

P.s. Because Carla is into videography AND travel, let’s sign off with some highlights from a few of her recent adventures, shall we?!

Spring 2018 Internship Available at Curated Gift Box Business Marigold & Grey


It’s that time of year again here in our artisan gifting studio! We are officially in search of a spring intern to assist with marketing and gift production as we kick off 2018!

What We Need:

  • Coursework or completed degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, and/or Business/Entrepreneurship is preferred
  • A good eye for design and all things creative!
  •  Knowledge of WordPress and Photoshop a plus but not required
  • Experience with Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and a knowledge of how to utilize them to generate brand awareness, brand interest, brand loyalty and web traffic
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A can-do attitude with willingness to work hard and take ownership of deliverables
  • A genuine desire to be part of a small business
  • Upbeat personality

What You’ll Learn:

  • Workflow to include ordering, receiving, gift production and delivery coordination
  • Relationship building with clients and vendors
  • The value of styled shoots from planning to execution to publication
  • Social media strategy and analytics
  • How to effectively communicate with an online community to gain additional followers as well as deepen relationships with our current following
  • How to generate relevant content for a blog and social media
  • Current industry trends and how to forecast upcoming trends


  • This is an unpaid internship requiring 20-30 hours per week; January – May
  • We require that our interns apply to receive college credit for their time with us. We complete all necessary documentation required by the intern’s college or university in order for course credit to be granted

How To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and writing samples (if applicable) to hello@marigoldgrey.com with “Spring 2018 Internship” in the subject line. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

If you think you’re a good fit for us and us for you, we look forward to hearing from you!