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For 86 years, Our State has spotlighted the best creators, makers, designers, and chefs in North Carolina. This summer, Our State, in partnership with Mast General Store and Visit Winston-Salem, will celebrate the fourth annual Made in NC Awards.

The Made in NC Awards is a statewide awards program that supports local businesses, highlights craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and celebrates handmade products and creative ideas.

Our State, in partnership with Mast General Store and Visit Winston-Salem, will honor unique makers and business owners in the categories of Food, Drink, Style, Craft, and Home & Garden. All submissions will be judged upon quality, appearance, uniqueness, and authenticity.

Representing the 2019 panel of judges are: Morgan Benshoff, retail marketing specialist for the Our State Store; Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store; Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem; Jon Carfagno, executive director of the Hickory Museum of Art; Whit Winslow, executive director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council; Huston Julian, chief operations officer of Alexander Julian, Inc.; Jim Noble, executive chef/owner of Noble Food and Pursuits; and Christina Spillars, store manager of Quintessentials, Inc.

Judges will select one winner per category. The five category winners will be featured on madeinncawards.com and ourstate.com. The Our State Store and Mast General Store will also carefully review and consider carrying the products of all winners and honorable mentions. The Awards will culminate on November 23 at the Made in NC Awards Celebration, a marketplace event held at the Mast General Store location in Winston-Salem.

“We are excited to be partnering with Visit Winston-Salem and Mast General Store for the fourth annual Made in NC Awards as an extension of the Our State brand,” said Bernie Mann, publisher of Our State. “There are so many amazing business owners and entrepreneurs in North Carolina, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase them.”

The deadline to submit a product is August 14, 2019. Learn more about the Made in NC Awards here.

About Mast General Store

The Original Mast General Store opened in 1883 in the rural community of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee now offer the same friendly and knowledgeable service that first welcomed customers in Valle Crucis more than 100 years ago.

The experience that its guests have, both in the stores and in their communities, is very important to Mast Store. Its goal is to share with its customers some of the great places to hike, enjoy a meal, or catch live music in their areas, as well as for its employees to have fun at work.

Read more about what makes Mast General Store so special by clicking here.


About Visit Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is known as North Carolina’s “City of Arts and Innovation,” priding itself on preserving history while fostering a spirit of reinvention. Discover our award-winning downtown buzzing with an eclectic arts scene and more than 120 restaurants, bars, and diverse shopping options.

After exploring the newly revitalized downtown, take a step back in time to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, where guests are immersed into the 18th-century Moravian way of life at one of America’s most authentic Colonial sites.

For a mix of classic and contemporary, head to Reynolda Mile, just five minutes from downtown. At its heart is Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the restored 1917 estate of the tobacco magnate, R.J. Reynolds. Today it’s home to a collection of American art and historic gardens, and is just steps away from restaurants and shopping at nearby Reynolda Village.

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