North Carolina at The Martha Stewart American Made Awards
North Carolina at The Martha Stewart American Made Awards • The finalists for the Audience Choice Award have been selected, and you get to help choose the lucky winner. One inspired, creative entrepreneur will be honored at the American Made Awards, win $10,000, and appear in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Five of the 100 finalists for The Audience Choice Award are from our state of North Carolina. You can vote once each day through September 24th, 2012, enabling you to vote each day for one of "The NC Five" or your other favorites • Click Below To Vote For "The NC Five"
• Mark Overbay, Big Spoon Roasters
• Joe Michalek, Piedmont Distillers
• Jessica DeMarco & Dayna Stubee, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon
• Kelly Smith-Tilly, tiny peepers printed fabrics
• Barton Strawn, Lumina Clothing
Martha Stewart is a creative entrepreneur who has made her career doing, teaching, and inspiring others to pursue what they love. Her example has encouraged countless others to follow their passions and launch their own businesses: chefs, bakers, caterers, gardeners, farmers, florists, landscape architects, product and clothing designers, ceramists, stationers, and many more. Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine are searching for the rising stars in a new generation of small-business owners. Ten American Makers will be selected. Their work will share the quality, beauty, inspiration, possibility, and creativity embodied by Martha. Five of the 100 finalists for The Audience Choice Award are from our state of North Carolina. You can vote once each day, enabling you to vote each day for one of "The NC Five" • Click Below To Vote for "The NC Five"
Mark Overbay, Big Spoon Roasters • "For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for discovering new flavors, slowing down to savor every bite, and connecting people to the land, better health, and each other through food. Like most Americans, I also grew up eating a lot of peanut butter, but I never knew what peanut butter could be until I moved to Zimbabwe in 1999 as a Peace Corps Volunteer." • Click Here To Vote for Mark Overbay, Big Spoon Roasters
Big Spoon Roasters • www.facebook.com/bigspoonroasters • www.bigspoonroasters.com • https://twitter.com/bigspooners • "Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters in Durham, North Carolina. Our carefully selected nuts and wildflower honeys are sourced from local and like-minded farmers who share our dedication to authentic quality. Each small batch is roasted, ground, and packaged while still warm to produce nut butters that are uniquely fresh, delicious, and nutritious."
Joe Michalek, Piedmont Distillers • In 2005, NASCAR and moonshine legend, Junior Johnson, and I created Piedmont Distillers in North Carolina to handcraft the first legal moonshine to be sold in the United States. Going back to Prohibition, the Johnson family’s moonshine was considered to be the best. Junior grew up tending the family’s stills during the day and bootlegging ‘shine at night. • Click Here To Vote for Joe Michalek, Piedmont Distillers
Piedmont Distillers • www.facebook.com/CatdaddyMoonshine • www.piedmontdistillers.com • Catdaddy is a premium spirit made from American corn, handcrafted in small batches in a copper still and triple-distilled to be ultra-smooth. Catdaddy’s one-of-a-kind taste comes from a secret recipe using ingredients not found in any other spirit. The taste is best described as a little sweet, with a hint of spice.
Jessica DeMarco & Dayna Stubee, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon • Growing up our homes were filled with family food and farm tradition; visits to our grandparents houses were spent playing in the field or sprawling backyard gardens, picking berries or helping in the kitchen. Our grandmothers canned, preserved, stored and put by the bounty of vegetables grown in their own yards–local food was not the latest trend, but simply a way of life. • Click Here To Vote for Jessica DeMarco & Dayna Stubee, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon
Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon • www.facebook.com/cptraditions • www.copperpottraditions.com • https://twitter.com/cptraditions • Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon handcrafts exceptional seasonally produced preserves, pickles and artisan foods. We preserve and share the traditions that have inspired us with the creation of each of our products. Each recipe is prepared with utmost care in small batches from local, seasonal and all natural ingredients to ensure the height of freshness and flavor. We support responsible stewardship and local, sustainable agriculture in the Western Carolina region. Our production facility is located in Waynesville, NC and our fine foods may be found at tailgate markets and specialty food stores throughout WNC.
Kelly Smith-Tilly, tiny peepers printed fabrics • My name is Kelly and I’m the owner of tiny peepers printed fabrics. I make hand screen-printed tea towels, scarves, kids’ clothes and prints. I’m from the north but I live in the south—Raleigh, North Carolina. I started making screen prints about 4 years ago after I decided to close up my darkroom. I’ve always loved clean, simple graphics and thought I’d try my hand at making screen prints instead of photographs. Then one day my young son, Luke, said his ‘thing’ was playing the violin. When he asked me what my ‘thing’ was, I decided to take my hobby to the next level. I opened my Esty shop in February of 2010. I’m sure glad I did. • Click Here To Vote for Kelly Smith-Tilly, tiny peepers printed fabrics
tiny peepers printed fabrics • www.facebook.com/tinypeepers • www.tinypeepers.com • www.etsy.com/shop/tinypeepers • "My name is Kelly Smith-Tilly. I’m a screen printer from Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoy simple, clean designs and get inspired by any number of random things I see in a day–photographs, wallpaper, cocktail napkins, vintage signs. I live in a small house, so I like things that are functional, but attractive. I make all my screen prints myself, and print kitchen towels, napkins, pillow cases, t-shirts, and other fabrics here at home. When I’m done, I heat set each one so it can be washed again and again. I use only non-toxic, water-based inks."
Barton Strawn, Lumina Clothing • "Located in Raleigh, NC, Lumina Clothing is a direct-to-consumer clothing company. We launched in 2009 with a small selection of neckties and bow ties. We have since expanded to include button-down shirts and continue to expand the brand into a variety of other men’s and women’s wear items. We believe in made in America clothes and are striving to build our company here in NC, in the heart of the old textile industry. We draw a lot of our inspiration from these roots and try to express our textile heritage in subtle ways throughout our clothing. At the same time we appreciate that fashion is ever changing and continue to pursue modern aesthetics." • Click Here To Vote for Barton Strawn, Lumina Clothing
Lumina Clothing • www.facebook.com/luminaclothing • www.luminaclothing.com • http://pinterest.com/luminaclothing • https://twitter.com/luminaclothing • "We believe that our uniqueness lies in our desire to help revitalize the textiles industry in our state, and our devotion to crafting quality heritage inspired goods at reasonable prices. Our aesthetic, which combines the old and the new, is one that is difficult to create and helps set us apart."
Martha Stewart Living, August 2012, "The Best List", Best Hotel, Best Food & Drink, Best Southern Fare: The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis North Carolina • www.themastfarminn.com • "It’s slow food, Southern style: Around since the 1800s, this farmhouse B&B serves classic Southern dishes made from local ingredients, including the ultimate shrimp and grits and hummingbird cake in a cozy farmhouse dining room."