Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Cacao Kingdom, Booth JD-8

With over 250 vendors at Salem Holiday Market 2019, there are a lot of people to see and gifts to choose from. Nathan Rogers of Cacao Kingdom took some time out of his busy holiday schedule to answer our questions about his business’ participation in the Salem Holiday Market.

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Penguins Available for Adoption at Salem Holiday Market 2019

All of our penguins are handmade and unique. So, if you like one, you need to contact us and let us know or get to Salem Holiday Market 2019 between Dec. 13 and 15. You can get a coupon off entry, and if you join our Patreon, you get $1 off every $10 you spend!

Salem Holiday Market 2019: Free Calendar and Friday’s Event

On Friday, December 13 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, the 2019 Salem Holiday Market is partnering with Chemeketa Community College Foundation. Entry into the market will be $8 per person or $15 for a couple; the proceeds will benefit the Chemeketa Student Relief Fund, which provides students with help for a variety of needs including meal passes and textbooks. It also supports the Chemeketa Food Pantry, which allows students to focus on studying rather than figuring out where their next meals are coming from.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Santiam Soap Co. (J-D17)

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 will feature 250 vendors in two different buildings! There are door prizes to be given away, carols to be sung, and Santa might even make an appearance! Maybe, he’ll give his elves a break and pick up some amazing handmade items! Even if Santa isn’t delivering to your house, you can still get gifts from some amazing local talents and businesses. Jessy and Vinnie Rolfness od Santiam Soap Co. took time out of the holiday preparations to answer some of our questions about their participation in the market.

How many years have you been attending the Salem Holiday Market? This will be our second year as vendors at the Salem Holiday Market, but we have been in attendance for many years as shoppers!

What are you bringing to 2019’s Market? We will have both our hand-crafted artisan soap (including our holiday collection!) and highly scented soy wax melts. 

What’s new at your booth? We have an exciting new line of soy wax melts as well as a new design of our infamous Unicorn Breath soap!

What’s your favorite thing about Salem Holiday Market? We love the environment of the Salem Holiday Market. Walking down the red carpet with the live music playing and Christmas wreaths above. It really gets us in the holiday spirit!

What’s the best advice you have for people coming to the Salem Holiday Market? Take your time when you’re browsing and do a full walk through before purchasing anything! It is inevitable that you’ll miss a few booths when you’re wandering through and, who knows, that could be the one with the perfect gift! 

What is your website address? will be at the market as well (J13). Make sure you get your discount coupon for entry and drop by to see us.

Salem Holiday Market: Preview Just One Week to Go!

With the Salem Holiday Market 2019 ready to kick-off in just about a week, you may be wondering what to expect. The Market will be filled with Christmas and holiday cheer as carolers and other groups perform daily. There will be several activities available in both halls with a focus on children in the Columbia Hall where the there is a kids’ activity center, pet adoptions and a huge model train setup.

As one of the vendors in the Jackman Long Hall this year, White Picket Fence Caramels (Booth J-F) will be there for their third year! Erica Wade says that she loves how welcoming the visitors and vendors at the market and suggests that shoppers look at everything at the market before making a purchase. White Picket Fence Caramels will be bringing their handmade, soft caramels.

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 runs Dec. 12 with a special night benefiting Chemeketa Community College’s Student Relief Fund. Many vendors will have specials for that evening. At the Penguinate booth (J13), the first 100 people to come by will get a code for a free 2020 calendar download. (No purchase necessary; offer valid until supply of codes runs out.) Saturday, bring a canned food item and get a discount on entry. You can also get a discount on entry by printing these coupons and bringing them with you.

Penguinator Newsletter August 2019

Hey Penguinators and those who happened onto this newsletter!

How’s it going? Thank you so much for supporting us.

On Writing

We’ve been busy this past month trying out the Patreon promotion feature, and let me tell you, we utterly failed! I thought if I concentrated on getting new people to join, I would find them, and we’d have 30 new Penguinators on our creativity team. We got zero – that’s right, a penguin egg. Not a single new member… No one picked up on our first offer $30 for 3 months and you get a penguin, and no one wanted to challenge my writing skills on the subject of creativity.

But, if you’ve been paying attention, it’s amazing to fail! That’s a part of creativity, a part of growing and a part of life. If we weren’t failing it would mean we weren’t trying. Of course, the second part of failing is learning from it. So, what did we learn? I’m not sure, yet. Maybe we learned that our offers weren’t enticing enough. Maybe we learned that no one understands creativity and penguins. Maybe we learned that social media is a terrible thing to rely on when it comes to generating new leads. It is the first day since the last offer ended, so I still have to think about it more. What do you think we should have learned? Let us know in the comments.

My SEO job has been giving me fits. I’ve seen the writing on the wall since January; I just haven’t done very much about it. So, this month I started looking for other places to get writing or teaching work. I put a gig on Fiverr for editing and blog writing. I sent out request for anyone who might have leads for editing or writing. I haven’t gotten a paying gig, yet, but I’ve had one writer say he’ll use my editing services (at a deep discount) come August 5th.

I also signed up at as a writer. This is a revenue sharing website, but they only use subscriptions not ads. So, I get paid according to the number of people who interact with my writing versus other writings they interact with, i.e. they pay $5 and read ten articles, each writer gets 50 cents. That’s not exactly how it works, but it’s the gist of it. You’ll still be able to read whatever I publish their because I’ll have a friends and family link that I will add to our regular newsletter.

Speaking of regular newsletter… I have started an email list at If you sign up, you’ll get a code for 10% off your next purchase at our website. The emails I have planned going forward will come once a week with a compilation of all the articles I wrote at Penguinate for the week before. You can read why I am starting an email list by clicking on the link.

I have connected my Patreon to my website, so now I can put exclusive content on my website for you! I will always put a link to the content in a post on Patreon about the same time as the link on goes out. This is designed for me to be able to recruit new readers to our Patreon. If you prefer me to post solely on Patreon for you, please let me know. (If you’re reading this, you’re already on the website!)

In case you missed it, I was featured on the Sweep Spot podcast for my book “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity.” Check it out.

On Penguins

In other news the penguins keep marching.  Checkers is in New Zealand and has his own Instagram account. He and his mom have been so supportive of us. They stepped up and purchased a Pay-It-Forward penguin. Some lucky child will get a penguin at Salem Holiday Market in December unless we find a reason to give it away sooner.

We also have a new penguin. We don’t know its name, yet. I was thinking Reggie, Regina, or Reginald, but I haven’t discussed it with Jenya, yet. Stay tuned for a “Meet the Penguin” post soon!

August 12 is our Patreon anniversary. August 14, I will release “Popeye, criticism and creativity.” August 22, will be our second Penguin of the Month photo. And on every Tuesday, there’s a behind the scenes photo shoot of the Penguin Countdown. All of these will be for Penguinators only.

That’s all I have on the news front for now. Thank you, Penguinators, for your support. I’ll be sending out an extra creativity article just for you sometime during the month of August. (If you’re not a Penguinator, and you’re reading this think about joining our Patreon for more penguins and more creativity.)

Below, I have sent out a copy of our first blog post email for our email subscribers.

Thanks again for reading and supporting.

Shad and Jenya.

This is what our first Mailchimp Blog summary looks like. If you sign up for our email list, you’ll get an update every week. It’s also available at mailchimp’s archives.

Look what we’ve written about over the last week! Thanks so much for being a part of the community! Creativity to the infinite power

Excerpts:The ABCs of Creativity: Well Creativity: Even if it’s fun, you sometimes need to step away to get better. 
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Did You Catch the Creativity Secrets in the Countdown? Almost everyone missed these Easter eggs in our Patreon countdown, did you?
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Behind the Scenes Photos with the Penguins Day 10 to 7 Behind the scenes for Patreon members only! 
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Layover at JFK? Problem solved with TWA: Photos from the Hotel Layover at JFK? Problem solved with TWA Hotel. 
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Just One Day Left for More Creativity Join now and be part of something bigger. 
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Heroes of the Haunted Mansion: Claude Coats Claude Coats provide atmosphere and more for the Haunted Mansion. 
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2 Days Left to Get More Creativity Just two days to go! For every 5 people that join our Patreon by July 31, 2019, I’ll write an extra creativity article! 
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Southwest Airlines Shows the Luv on ‘The Kindness Diaries’ Luv will find a way! on the Kindness Diaries. 
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What Would You Do if You Were More Creative? Three is the magic number to join our Patreon before this deal expires. 
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8 Cool Things about Penguins from 2 Videos Have you seen this adelie coming to rescue emperor penguin chicks? 
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Pay-It-Forward Penguins Take Flight

Checkers and his Bright Light Nails family were the first to jump in and pay the adoption fees for one of our Pay-It-Forward Penguins. Checkers has been having so much fun in New Zealand that he and his family decided to help someone else experience the joy of having a stuffed penguin friend this holiday season.

Jenya and I were so excited when we saw that the first official Pay-It-Forward Penguin was already on its way within the first hour of posting the project on our website: Join Checkers and Bright Light Nails this holiday season and pay a penguin forward for a child at the Salem Holiday Market in Oregon. We will also be donating a dollar to the Global Penguin Society for this penguin adoption.

Checkers is the salon penguin for Bright Light Nails. He loves chocolate and traveling through New Zealand when he isn’t helping with the great promotions and nail work being done in the salon. There’s been talk that he will get his own Instagram account, but for now, you can find him at the Facebook and IG accounts for Bright Light Nails. Thanks again to Checkers and his family!

(The first Pay-It-Forward penguin was adopted to a girl at Lilac City Comicon 2019. The adoption fees were paid anonymously. That interaction was one of the factors in creating an official program.)