A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Each year, Our State celebrates North Carolina’s talented artisans with the Made in NC Awards. In 2022, top honors to the creators of a special lamb dish in Cornelius, a

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Each year, Our State celebrates North Carolina’s talented artisans with the Made in NC Awards. In 2022, top honors to the creators of a special lamb dish in Cornelius, a

Meet Our Makers

Each year, Our State celebrates North Carolina’s talented artisans with the Made in NC Awards. In 2022, top honors to the creators of a special lamb dish in Cornelius, a knifesmith and a brewer of a probiotic elixir in Asheville, candlemakers in Durham, and a sock manufacturer in Mount Airy. Now, it’s time for you to meet North Carolina’s award winners.

 


 

Bright Black.
Craft

A Triangle-area family mixes positive messages with scents of lilac, myrrh, tobacco, and other fragrances. Their handcrafted candles illuminate the music and culture of the African Diaspora. Read more …

 


 

Shanti Elixirs, LLC
Drink

Jun is an ancient beverage shrouded in mystery. Made by fermenting honey and tea, its origin is uncertain. But today, a group of women near Asheville are writing their own chapter in its history. Read more …

 


 

Sun Raised Foods
Food

When an alternative-energy entrepreneur turned to sheep as an eco-friendly way to help maintain the grass around panels, delicious serendipity struck in the form of lamb salami. Read more …

 


 

Robinson Ex-Files Knives
Home & Garden

Inspired by a long tradition among Appalachian farmers, a couple in Buncombe County transforms vintage tools and time-worn fabrics into handcrafted cutlery for modern kitchens. Read more …

 


 

Farm to Feet
Style

The second-generation owner of a Surry County hosiery mill is helping keep a North Carolina legacy industry alive. His company’s 21st-century socks feature bold designs and high-quality fabrics geared to dedicated lovers of the outdoors. Read more …

This story was published on Jan 23, 2023

Our State Staff

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