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Celebrating 8 Years of Ecommerce: 14 Shopify Stores Launched in Our First Year

Today, Shopify officially turns 8 years old! On June 2nd, 2006, our founders flipped the switch and Shopify emerged from its beta state and came to life. That year, our first merchants took a leap of faith, and many are still with us today. This post is dedicated to the pioneers of our merchant community.

So the story goes with many now-successful startups, we were lean and scrappy in the early days. One of our first offices was a coffee shop called Bridgehead in Ottawa, Canada. Shopify’s founders coded and schemed over cups of coffee and free wifi. Today, that shop is one of our merchants, selling beans, tea and merchandise, online across North America.

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Handpicked by Shopify: 36 Summer Travel Essentials

Your senses are picking up hints everywhere – the far-away smell of charcoal grills, the chirp of happy birds, the urge to shed outerwear and soak in the feel of the warm sun. Summer is officially upon us. You’ve squirrelled away vacation days during your long winter hibernation, and the savings have paid off. It’s time to dig out flip flops and dust off snorkels.

There’s no better way to celebrate the onset of hot weather than to start planning a summer getaway. But what’s your travel style? Does your definition of vacation lean towards luxury, or are you into die-hard survival? Are you a camper or a glamper? Whether you’re gearing up for a gruelling trek or prepping for pampering, be sure to pack wisely.

We’ve scoured over 100,000 Shopify stores to find the coolest gadgets and travel-sized necessities for any trip. Shop our list of 36 must-pack essentials for trailblazers and jetsetters alike. 

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Handpicked by Shopify: 29 Places to Buy Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts Online

She packed your lunch. She tended to your scrapes. She told you so. She’s your Mom. Mother’s Day is fast-approaching but there’s still time to find the perfect gift for the lady who made you.

Across the planet, Shopify powers over 100,000 online and brick and mortar stores selling everything from gourmet mustard to screen-printed t-shirts to photography classes. We celebrate the amazing diversity of these merchants each day, selecting unique products and seasonal gift ideas from around the web. This week, we’re all about Mom.

In honor of Moms everywhere, and the impending holiday to celebrate them, we’ve compiled a list of the 29 best Shopify stores where you can find great, thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day.

Plus, you could win a $100 Gift Card from one of these shops! Read on for details.

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The Shark Tank Effect: Traffic & Sales Results

In the past couple weeks, two Shopify online stores have been featured on ABC's hit show Shark Tank. Last friday, an impressive 5.7 millions viewers tuned in to watch entrepreneurs pitch their businesses for a shot at an investment from business moguls: Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and Robert Herjavec. 

Rachael Mann and Mackenzie Burdick are two sisters who entered the tank pitching their body jewellery business Litter. They asked for $80,000 in exchange for 51% of their company:


Here's what happened right after the episode aired:

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New Store Fridays - February 10, 2012

 

February 10, 2012 - Each week we take a look at some of the new online stores that have recently launched on Shopify. It's a great way to get some inspiration for your own ecommerce site. It's also a great place to do some shopping!

Would you like to be included in the next New Store Friday? All you need to do is post a link to your awesome store in the comments of our New Store Fridays post on our Facebook page.

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New Store Fridays - November 11, 2011

 

It's Friday and this week we have a cornucopia of amazing stores for your viewing pleasure. Everything from jewelry to furniture to fruit!

We'd love to include your store next week! It's as easy as commenting on the New Store Fridays post on our Facebook page.

Want even more exposure? Upload a screenshot of your store's homepage to Facebook, include a description and tag Shopify in the picture. We feature one store each day on our Facebook and Twitter feed. Take a look at past featured Shopify stores for examples.

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New Store Fridays - October 7, 2011

 

Have a peak at some of the awesome stores that have launched recently. 

Want to be included next week? It's as easy as Tweeting out your store URL with the #buildabiz hashtag or commenting on the New Store Fridays post on our Facebook page.

Want even more exposure? Upload a screenshot of your store's homepage to Facebook, include a description and tag Shopify in the picture. We feature one store each day on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Take a look at past featured Shopify stores for examples.

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