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March is for Celebrating!

The month of March is the calendar home to both Texas Independence Day (March 2) and International Women’s Day (March 8). Small businesses are the epitome of independence, and women all over the world are working towards their own kind of inspiration. As Uncommon Covers is both a small business in Texas, and owned by a woman, we would like to celebrate March by highlighting some information close to Uncommon Covers!

Giant cup sleeve
Bigger is Better

Interesting statistics about Texas small businesses:

  • As of September 2019, Texas has 2.7 million small businesses, which employ 4.7 million people.
  • Out of $100 spent, typically $68 stays in the community of the small business. On the obverse, out of $100 spent at a non-small business, only $43 usually stays in the community.
  • California, Texas, and Florida are the states with most veteran-owned businesses.
  • Roughly 52% of small business owners donate to charity; 90% of those donations are to local causes.
  • If you are looking for ways to support small businesses beyond purchasing directly, consider these options:
            1. Visit markets and venues showcasing small businesses
            2. Talk about local companies with friends and family
            3. Partner with small businesses and community organizations
            4. Share small business content on social media
            5. Leave positive reviews of small businesses online

Facts about Women-run businesses:

  • Women own 4 out of every 10 businesses in the United States.
  • In 2017, women of color accounted for 71% of new female-owned business launches.
  • The amount of U.S. women-owned businesses increased between 1972 and 2018, from 402,000 to 12.3 million.
  • Between 2007 and 2018, businesses owned by women of color grew by 163%.
  • If global entrepreneurship participation was the same between women and men, the global GDP could potentially be boosted by $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion.

Uncommon Covers is proud to support the local community and other small businesses! Personal involvement near and dear includes the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. Consider using UC to celebrate the women in your life and the spirit of independence in Texas! And remember, it is almost river time!

River Hair Don't Care
River Hair Don’t Care

Move Over Summer, Winter is Koozie Season

Many people associate koozie use with summer time, and with great reason! Summer goes hand in hand with being outside, water sports, and refreshing beverages. When you’re sweating, there is no reason for your drink sweat too. Plus at a table full of drinks, a personalized koozie is the best way to identify your drink among many others.

But have you considered the distinct advantages of using a koozie in the winter months? Outside activities are still quite common; you just need different equipment! Here are the top nine reasons why winter koozies rock.

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  1. Cup sleeves keep hot chocolate and coffee hot longer!
  2. Great way to differentiate your snowman from everyone else’s.
  3. Brightly colored Day Drinker koozie can be used as a signal if ice causes issues on the road.
  4. Keep your drink cool and tasty when hanging out next to a fire.
  5. Steel tumblers look fancy with a cup sleeve on.
  6. Full coverage from 16 oz. Tall Boy and 24 oz. Silo styles maintain perfect consumption temperature.
  7. Neoprene keeps cold and wet in so your hands/gloves/mittens stay dry.
  8. For the Texans, a koozie can help regulate the coolness or hotness of their drinks while the weather wildly vacillates between 80° and 25° within 24 hours.
  9. Still the best way to ensure you are drinking your own drink.

cup sleeve for coffee

So, yes! Summer is a fabulous time to have koozies around but winter is also the perfect season for koozie use. Keep them in your glove compartment or ice chest, not in the seasonal tubs. What are some ways koozies make your winter experience better?

Come say howdy at the Universal City Snowfest & Carnival on Saturday, February 15, 3pm – 9pm at the Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148. Not in the area? Shopping online is available anytime! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with new designs, specials, and market postings.

As a Texas-based business, we at Uncommon Covers are generally deprived of snow and wintery goodness. We would love to see your custom koozie being used in all that white stuff, so snap a pic of you or someone braving the cold with an Uncommon Cover and we may just post it to our social media! Be sure to tag it #uncommoncovers for all the world to see. Stay warm out there!

Happy 2020 from the UC Team!

UC Team
Sarah & Jenny at Wein & Saengerfest.

What a fantastic year 2019 was for Uncommon Covers! We made great designs people loved, received new and exciting ideas for fans, and truly enjoyed our craft. Much thanks to online customers and visitors to markets we participated in: Wein & Saengerfest, Boerne Handmade Market, Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Flea at Silver Street, Christkindlmarkt, Texas Craft Brewers Festival, HUB MRKT, Currents Spring Open House, SoFlo Market, and Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater.

Leather koozie drinkwear coolie cozie
Leather drinkwear

Some of our most popular styles were the cup sleeve (so versatile!) and the skinny (for light beer and hard seltzer lovers); commonly sold out (then quickly replenished) designs include cactus prints, leather styles, Day DrinkerI Love Bad Words, and River Hair Don’t Care. We love our sassy customers!

In 2020, we are steaming ahead! Two markets are on the horizon:  Deep Eddy Cocktail & Craft 2nd Anniversary Party on Saturday, January 18, 11am – 5pm at the Deep Eddy Tasting Room, 2250 E Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, and the Universal City Snowfest & Carnival on Saturday, February 15, 3pm – 9pm at the Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148.

Of course, shopping online is available anytime! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with new designs, specials, and market postings. We are committed to blogging in 2020; here are some of the topics coming soon!

How Cup Sleeves Save Lives, or At Least, Clothes

What do Hunting Season and Swimsuit Season Have in (Un)Common?

Old T-Shirts Get New Lives

Are Promo Koozies Ruining Your Good Time?

Stay tuned and come say hello at our markets! We always love fan photos, so snap a pic of you or someone using an Uncommon Covers piece and we may just post it to our social media! Be sure to tag it #uncommoncovers for all the world to see. Cheers to 2020 and handcrafted drinkwear!