One of the things I enjoy most about my job is discovering really cool products made by local artisans and family-owned businesses.
One of my first family-owned finds was the Sono Inspired line of serving pieces made from recycled wine barrels. Kassy Reynolds and her family live in Arkansas where her husband, her father-in-law and even their teenage children are involved in the family business.
They work with reclaimed wood and metal mostly from wine and bourbon barrels to create stunning modern rustic bowls and trays that can be used for serving bread and cheese, whole fruit or simply for decorating. Each piece is carefully manufactured in their small facility and sealed with a safe finish like water based poly or linseed oil.
We have been selling their Bello trays and stave cheese boards at Mad River since the day we opened in 2014 and they remain one of our most popular items for housewarming or wedding gifts or just as a decorator piece for a table or kitchen island.
Lowcountry Linens is also one of my favorite small business partners. In 2012 Millie Burke started hand-printing linens using folding tables in a shared artist workspace in Hilton Head, South Carolina. A woman of southern roots and determination, Millie has built this very successful business from the ground up. Each design is created from a handmade block stamp that is coated with fabric paint and applied by hand to each individual towel or pillow or fabric accessory. She continues to add new products and designs and we love offering her beautiful pillows and linens to decorate your spaces and fill your gift bags!
It brings me such joy to be a part of this cycle of local artisans and family-owned businesses bringing the art and craft of creative people to you