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2019

 

Home & Garden Category and Overall

Rocking Chair by Wheeler’s Chairs

Following traditional methods of post and rung construction passed down from Colonial times, Wheeler’s Chairs ladderback chairs and rockers are handcrafted from native Appalachian hardwoods sourced from local hardwood suppliers. Built in Millers Creek, this rocker features walnut posts; red oak rungs, arms, and runners; spalted maple backs; and a hand-rossed and woven hickory bark bottom. Learn more about Wheeler’s Chairs.

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Craft Category

Mid-Century Modern by Koolbird

Inspired by the 1950’s interior designs, Charlotte-based Koolbird integrates mid-century modern elements into bird houses. Koolbird bird houses are eco-friendly and are made from a variety of tropical hardwoods. With Mark Ellis’s background in the furniture business, these retro birdhouses are well built, firm, and stylish and will complement the exterior design of any home. Learn more about Koolbird.

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Drink Category

Lemon Elderflower Hard Cider Spritzer by Noble Cider

Located in Asheville, Noble Cider uses locally grown apples to create innovative and delicious craft hard ciders. Their hard cider spritzers offer drinkers a fantastic and fruity, gluten-free option made with hard cider, real botanicals, and filtered sparkling water. The Lemon Elderflower Hard Cider Spritzer is fermented from freshly pressed apples is mixed with organic dried lemon peel and dried elderflowers for an infusion that’s crisp, bright, and lightly floral. Learn more about Noble Cider.

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Food Category

Bourbon Honey Chocolate Truffle by Little Bird Chocolate

Little Bird Chocolate proudly creates small batch chocolates in Winston-Salem. Their Bourbon Honey Chocolate Truffle is definitely one to savor and is full of North Carolina ingredients. The 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate, sourced from Winston-Salem’s Brasstown Chocolate, is blended with fresh cream and Fool’s Gold Bourbon Honey, which combines Forsyth County-harvested honey with bourbon from Seventeen Twelve Southern Spirits in Conover. Learn more about Little Bird Chocolate.

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Style Category

Classic Patchwork Pack by Amber M. Jensen (formerly of ha!)

Made entirely by hand in Marshall, the Classic Patchwork Pack was inspired by regional textile traditions with an eye toward the colors, shapes, and textures experienced during Amber’s hike across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Designed with the intention to create an equally utilitarian and stylish backpack for men and women, the pack rolls up to reveal an interior pocket for laptops and a durable cotton canvas lining. Learn more about Amber M. Jensen (formerly of ha!).

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2018

 

Art Category and Overall

Old Hickory by Recycling is for the birds!

This exquisite birdhouse incorporates rural North Carolina materials in a unique and useful way. The house itself is made of wood sourced from a farmhouse, corn crib, and general store dating back to the early 1900s. The glass windows and tin roof are from farmhouses built in the 1800s, and the base is from a tobacco barn circa 1940. All of the materials came from Jones, Pitt, and Craven counties, and the birdhouse took 124 hours to complete. Learn more about Recycling is for the birds!.

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Food & Drink Category

Sweet Potato Crunch by Jenni’s Ugly Chocolates

Homemade in Greenville, this gourmet candy features ingredients from a number of North Carolina farms. The bonbon-style treat gets its namesake crunch from a base of toasted pecans and toffee bits, while the creamy sweet potato filling is infused with vodka distilled from sweet potatoes. Whether these chocolates are “ugly” is debatable; what’s not is that they’re delicious! Learn more about Jenni’s Ugly Chocolates.

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Home & Garden Category

Mountain Laurel Mirror by Bryson Mountain Studio

These unique frames are constructed of mountain laurels harvested from the remote mountains of North Carolina. Each piece of wood is sliced, cured, and then carefully designed to fit the glass it will hold, ensuring that those who view themselves in the mirror will also be able to catch a glimpse of our state’s forested hills. Learn more about Bryson Mountain Studio.

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Style Category

Ginger Handbag by ShoeBeeDo

One of ShoeBeeDo’s most popular designs, the Ginger bag is made from strong, durable bull hide that wears to a beautiful patina with use. The bag comes in a wide array of colors, features a main compartment big enough for the necessities, and has a special back pocket for keeping your phone handy. Complete with a wide, adjustable strap for cross-body wear and a unique dial-lock clasp, the Ginger Handbag is the perfect travel companion for any North Carolina adventure. Learn more about ShoeBeeDo.

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2017

 

Art Category and Overall

Vessel Sink by Blue Mountain Bowls

Carl Pittman, owner of Blue Mountain Bowls, has held woodworking near to his heart since childhood. As an artist, he works with locally sourced wood to create products that serve both practical and decorative purposes. Learn more about Blue Mountain Bowls.

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Food & Drink Category

Old North Shrub by The Chef’s Farmer

Jamie Swofford, a former chef turned farmer, is passionate about providing fresh ingredients and flavors to chefs across the Piedmont. Old North Shrub, The Chef’s Farmer’s first shelf-stable product, reintroduces a centuries-old beverage to North Carolinians that can be enjoyed by all ages. Learn more about The Chef’s Farmer.

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Home & Garden Category

Plantation Lumbar Rocker by Troutman Chair Company

Originally founded in 1924, Troutman Chair Company products can be found across the state wherever a good rocking chair is needed — from a front porch to the Charlotte-Douglas airport. More than 20 pairs of hands touch every rocker before it leaves the manufacturer, one of the many reasons why the chairs are cherished for generations. Learn more about Troutman Chair Company.

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Style Category

Button Downs by Ole Mason Jar

Ole Mason Jar is more than just menswear; it’s a socially conscious lifestyle brand. Originally college roommates, co-founders Filipe Ho and Bradley Rhyne channeled their entrepreneurial spirits into bringing the textiles industry back to North Carolina and have shaped the clothing market in Charlotte in the process. Learn more about Ole Mason Jar.

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2016

 

Craft Category

Carved Rhododendron Root Burl — “Mountain Shells” by Waldroup Woodworks

The Waldroups seek out wood with imperfections, such as burls and knots, and turn them into stunning and functional pieces. Made from locally salvaged or harvested wood from the mountains of western North Carolina, each piece of wood is chosen for its shape, color, and grain patterns. Using chain saws, a lathe, power grinders, hand chisels, and sanding techniques, the Waldroups strive to produce a finished piece with curves and shapes they see in the natural world.

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Food & Drink Category

Salted Honey by Cloister Honey

Cloister Honey has more than 50 beehives in Charlotte and specializes in creating handcrafted, small-batch, gourmet honey products. The company’s flavored spreads, from Salted Honey to Arbol Pepper-Infused Honey, separate them from the hive. Dreamy wildflower florals and a pinch of sea salt in Cloister Honey’s Salted Honey give this savory honey spread a personality of its own.

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Home Category

Basket Weave Baby Blanket by Echoview

Echoview, whose woven textiles are sustainably made in Weaverville, honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. A true classic, Echoview’s Basket Weave Baby Blanket is inspired by a pattern in every knitter’s arsenal — a simple all over in-and-out jersey stitch, which gives the blanket a woven look that is reminiscent of old-time wicker bassinets. Created with super-soft, eco-friendly, organic Supima cotton, the blankets are not treated with any chemicals in order to keep them safe for you and your family.

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Style Category

American Made Handbags by R. Riveter

R. Riveter creates more than just high-quality handbags. It also creates jobs for military spouses all over the county. The parts and pieces of every R. Riveter handbag are inspired by or made from authentic military materials and are crafted by the hands of military spouses stationed coast-to-coast. The final products are assembled by local military spouse operators at R. Riveter’s FabShop in Southern Pines.

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