Made Local, Made to Love
There’s a personal story behind locally made products that brings new perspective to our world.
By Brittany Murdock
Banner Photo by Three Region NC
There’s just something about shopping local that makes you feel twice as good. It’s quite humbling to know you’re supporting a dream, a dream that keeps burning long after the doors close for the day. Check out some of our favorite finds—from homemade food made from scratch in the kitchen to products that have a global effect, local goods with natural ingredients as the No. 1 priority, and items that are made from beginning to end right here in our own community.
Amy Richards Illustration
$5 | Raleigh
Amy is the illustrator, maker, and creator behind these compelling watercolor illustrations. She can be found working from her home studio in Raleigh, where her playful and whimsical style finds its way onto greeting cards, notecards, mugs, and so much more.
Simply Southern Baubles
by Carolyn Bremer
$28 | Knightdale
“My products are designed for the everyday minimalist who still wants to make a bold statement,” says artist Carolyn Bremer. “I make pieces you don’t ever want to take off—simple, easy-to-coordinate baubles that become your everyday jewelry. I believe handmade jewelry is always more special, especially when it’s made-to-order.”
These hand-stamped, personalized necklaces and cuffs began with a leap of faith as Bremer left the corporate world to pursue jewelry making full-time. Simply Southern Baubles features a variety of cuffs, necklaces, hammered earrings, chokers, and more. With customization options, they become timeless pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind.
Baby Clothes and Accessories
Port and Starbird Creations by Erica Pigage
$14 to $16 | Raleigh
Port and Starbird Creations specializes in unique, handcrafted goods, and owner Erica Pigage combines a passion for sewing with the most important detail—love. From bibs to booties and so much more, Erica uses a variety of patterns, textures, and prints to create the perfect accessory for your little one.
Slice Pie Company
$30 to $35 | Raleigh/Cary
Slice Pie Company—a wholesale bakery serving restaurants, retail markets, individuals, and large events, with shipping nationwide—was inspired by a father’s love of baking. This passion led him to enter his apple pie in the North Carolina State Fair, where he won a blue ribbon with his unmatched signature crust. Fast-forward a few years and add a daughter who had a dream of turning their shared passion of baking into a lifestyle, and Slice is now providing pies to individuals, restaurants, large corporate events, weddings, and local charities and organizations. Customers can also enjoy their mini pies, jar pies, bites, and shooters. “So get your taste buds ready and enjoy some pie: one Slice at a time.”
Accessories Made From Kilim Rugs
An Orijinal Look
$30 to $105
“Our core values have remained the same over the years: a commitment to craftsmanship, an appreciation for the
Turkish culture that continues to inspire, a love of travel, and—above all else—a celebration of the colors and textures that make each and every kilim textile one-of-a-kind.”
An Orijinal Look was born from an appreciation of unique textiles. After owning several kilim rugs and using them for their versatility throughout her home, Kate Ward decided to craft handmade jewelry and accessories from vintage Turkish kilims. Each hat and accessory is unique, with a variety of patterns and textures, allowing the items to become the perfect statement piece to accent your everyday outfit. Items can be purchased online or at The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village.
Mama Birds Cookies + Cream
$2 to $9 | Holly Springs (and coming soon to Raleigh)
Lesley Richmond, Owner
Ice cream at Mama Birds Cookies + Cream is handmade in small batches and crafted from the finest all-natural ingredients. Flavors are constantly changing based on whatever fresh produce is available or what crazy concoction the ice cream maker comes up with next.
“Our shop is a gathering place for the community, where you can run into your neighbors, celebrate with your friends, enjoy quality time with your family, or just reward yourself with a delicious scoop or two of ice cream.”
Natural Bath and Body Products
Oak City Soap Company
$2 to $10 | Raleigh
Kevin and Brenda Reylek are a husband-and-wife team who started out making natural soaps for themselves, their family, and their friends. They wanted products that were simple, yet natural, and that weren’t filled with strange, unpronounceable chemicals.
The duo uses a variety of top-quality ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, goat’s milk, cocoa butter, and essential oils to create smooth, nourishing soaps that delight the skin and senses.
In addition to handmade soaps, they offer a variety of bath and body products such as all-natural deodorant, bath bombs, lip balms, body butter, beard oil, massage candles, and more.
Allison Conway Collection
$12 to $62
North Carolina–based designer, Allison Conway, founded her eponymous collection in the spring of 2016. Each piece is inspired by the unique style of her family and friends, and carefully created with handpicked elements. Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are handcrafted using semi-precious stone beads, agate slice pendants, and silk tassels, just to name a few. To shop the collection and put the final touches on the perfect outfit, you can browse the website or visit local shops around the Triangle such as The Local Squirrel, Shop 48 South, and Carolina Roots Boutique.
North State Reclamations
$275 to $325
Based in Raleigh, North State Reclamations aims to give elements from the history of the Old North State a second life by creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces using reclaimed lumber that’s been harvested from tobacco barns. The finished size and appearance of each piece will vary based on the reclaimed materials used in each piece. The piece featured here is a leaning mirror made from reclaimed barnwood and a reclaimed mirror. Available at Gypsy Jule, or by contacting North State Reclamations.
Clay Bead Jewelry
$50 to $85 | Raleigh
Kaitlin Ryan is the founder and designer/maker of Peppertrain Jewelry, an artfully crafted jewelry line that she started in 2015 by hand-making clay beads into dynamic, wearable art. Kaitlin graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Fashion Merchandising and Design in 2007. Now, Kaitlin has her own website and sells her products wholesale throughout the Triangle and beyond.
MILA by Michelle Ward
$48 to $62 | Raleigh | MILAtextiles.com
These fun, chic, and beautiful prints are the perfect accessory to personalize your home. Michelle’s expertise, combined with her love for printmaking and surface design, has transformed ordinary pillows into works of art. Each print begins with a hand-drawn sketch and is carved into a block of rubber. After playing with repeating patterns, she prints, preps, and sews all products by hand. Every product is made to be functional and practical—and to bring joy into your home.
Built for Color
Carolina Cabin Art by Molly Jessup
Under $20 | Raleigh | CarolinaCabinArt.com
Molly Jessup is a Southern artist with a passion for homes, landscape, and history —a passion that led her to create Built for Color, your soon-to-be-favorite coloring book. This work of art contains portraits of homes located all across the South, many right here in Raleigh!
Custom Dog Accessories
Chase & Chauncey
$12 to $18 | Raleigh
Chase & Chauncey is an online boutique supplying custom dog accessories to pet lovers near and far, but it’s located right here in Raleigh. Owner Alyssa Larsen founded the company after adopting her Cockapoo, Chauncey. The boutique specializes in functional yet fashionable bow ties, ribbon bows, reversible bandanas, and other collar slides for your furry friend!
Raw Honey and Gifts from the Beehive
Buck Naked Farm
$4 to $50 | Pittsboro
Buck Naked Farm celebrates the amazing work of honeybees, and its promise is simple: to leave “Nothing Between You and Nature!” This 86-acre small farm and apiary, located just outside of historic Pittsboro, produces local raw honey and gifts from the beehive, including handmade soap, lip balm, hard lotion bars, beard balm, beeswax candles, honey almond granola, and artisan jam (seasonally).