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Green Queen: Lauren Miele - KushKards

KushKards is the ultimate cannabis greeting card! Not your average card, KushKards are colorful, clever, fun, and unique greeting cards for the cannabis enthusiast. In this technology driven world, people have an even greater appreciation for thoughtful handwritten tokens of love and appreciation. Kush Kards are also different from your everyday store bought variety — these have a unique spot on each card to insert a joint, pre-roll or even one-hitter and a complimentary match striker located on the bottom (that can be repeatedly used, btw). The recipient of your KushKard will never have to search for a lighter to enjoy their treat!

Beyond KushKards, it's time we meet with Green Queen behind it, Lauren Miele.

Why Cannabis?

Why not? Cannabis is the avenue of expressing my best self. It brings me to a world of creativity that goes beyond my expectations. Cannabis allows me to stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand. Marijuana truly lights up my life in more ways then one.

"I feel like we all bring a different creative outlook to the table with many design directions to create within. My passion for innovating new products or adjusting current ones fuels my fire and what inspires me on a regular basis." - Lauren Miele

What is authenticity to you?

Authenticity means staying true to who you are and to never lose sight of that. We are all one of a kind with different points of views and stories to be heard. Finding what makes YOU special is key!

3 things that make Lauren feel authentic is caring for people - which stems from believing we all have different journeys and are writing our stories with different pens. Encouraging and inspiring others to do what is the best for them in their current situation is key. We get so caught up in comparing ourselves to other people we loose sight of who we are as a person so a friendly reminder can make that person's day!

Lauren's attention to detail helps in multiple categories of her life, most importantly within her work. Striving to make sure when she designs a new card she looks at it in all angles, giving her full attention and manifesting that it has a great response. Lauren says her attention to detail also comes in handy with friendships - learning how to be friends to all types of people with different likes and personalities is very helpful.

Lastly following her passion is truly what gets her excited to wake up in the morning. The passion held for KushKards and other small businesses she tends too, fuels a fire inside. The best part of being passionate is the feeling of being inspired. "It is a dream come true to see my hard work on retail shelves both in mom and pop shops and huge mass retailers". This passion is only growing with eagerness to learn more to perfect her craft.

What was your biggest accomplishment in 2019?

"I recently exhibited at the National Stationery Show in New York City. This trade show was held at the Jacob Javits Center, the same place in which I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2013. I walked this show throughout college and in my early career as a Fashion Bath Accessory designer hoping one day I would come here and have a booth of my own. My dream came true in August 2019 where I had an 8' x 8' space to exhibit myself and my brand to a whole new audience : The Stationery Market. With goals to get distribution in Paper Source this is the place I need to be. The experience of building panels to make a booth with my family, decorating the interior with my artwork and showing up everyday dressed to perfection is a moment I will take with me throughout my journey. So much so we return to NSS this February 2020!"