Handcrafted Near Home
Shopping local is personal; it connects you with the community and—in many instances—you get to know the maker behind your favorite products. Buying local means you’re supporting their dream, their passion, and their talent. There are local makers throughout the neighborhoods and communities of western Wake. Check out some of our favorite finds—from locally made edibles and wearables to artwork and alternative skincare products.
By Brittany Murdock
Susie Silver Art
Susie Silver brings an array of prestigious experience to her creations; she at first received training in Florence, Italy, and later at the renowned Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. She has been working as a visual art teacher at Cary High School for the past 15 years, yet she still makes time to create arresting paintings. Susie aims to provide her viewers with a sense of calm when engaging with her work. She actively layers pieces with media such as ink, watercolor, and acrylic, constructing them over time through multiple working sessions. Each artwork is inspired from the natural movement of liquids, rock formations, and aerial views of land and water. Have a specific idea in mind? Susie loves working one-on-one with clients to create their perfect piece.
Slice Pie Company
$30 to $35
Slice Pie Company—a wholesale bakery serving restaurants, retail markets, individuals, and large events—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 folks throughout the Triangle as well as shipping nationwide. 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.”
Mama Birds Cookies + Cream
$2 to $9
304 North Main Street, 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,” says Lesley Richmond, owner.
$15 to $48
Chocolat GRACE offers exquisite chocolate bonbons handcrafted by award-winning chocolatier, Grace Stocker. She has trained in Belgium, France, and Switzerland, and received numerous awards from the Academy of Chocolate in London. These chocolate bonbons are made using the finest chocolate, natural ingredients from around the world, and fresh products from local farmers. It’s the perfect gift for any occasion, and can be purchased online at ChocolatGrace.com or at various retailers around the Triangle including Tin Roof Teas, Nofo @ the Pig, Fallon’s Flowers, and La Farm Bakery.
Art from Reclaimed Wood
Elle Woods Co.
$15 to $125
Owner of Elle Woods Co., Danielle Milner, has a vision of turning old scrap wood into modern art—and she succeeds in creating fresh, bright, and truly beautiful products. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted item, ideal for styling and creating a chic look in your home or office space. When she’s not in her garage creating, you can find her at pop-up markets throughout the area. Some of her favorites include the Locally Made Market in Cary, Raleigh Makers Market, and the Handmade Market in downtown Raleigh.
Raw Honey and Gifts from the Beehive
Buck Naked Farm
$4 to $50
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).
$10 to $50
Anne is a nurse, and a former beauty queen turned natural-beauty philosopher. After seeking ways to eliminate toxic elements from her family’s daily routine, Anne has grown to become a natural skincare philosopher, encouraging others to ditch the toxins and embrace naturally made, alternative body care products. Anne’s Apothecary specializes in the use of clays and herbs to produce skin-loving products that are paraben-free and easy to use.
It all started with a farmhouse table, which led to a matching console table, and then a bench—all of which encouraged Ed Sopko to open his own woodworking shop, Unrefined Roots. Ed is able to transform pieces of wood into beautiful works of art in the form of cutting boards, coffee tables, desks, wine bottle stoppers, pens, and so much more. You can find these items at upcoming shows around the Triangle; check out the website, UnrefinedRoots.com, for scheduled events.
221 North Salem Street
Featured within Cocoon Gallery are more than 30 Carolina artisans, spanning a range of mediums from ceramics and textiles to metal and glass. Each piece is a high-quality, functional work of art, like the hats from milliner Katie Allen and the journals from artist Anne McLean.