While studying abroad in Ireland, Blonde from The Craic & Blonde cooked up her favorite Haitian dishes to share with friends. They were absolutely blown away by the powerful flavors in each dish, and Blonde has continued to share the passion of Haiti with the world ever since.
Blonde from The Craic & Blonde creates mouthwatering pikliz (pronounced pick-lese), a traditional Haitian condiment made of sweet and sour pickled vegetables, along with habanero peppers.
It tastes good on pretty much everything (trust us, we're already on our second jar) and is vegan and gluten-free - what more could you ask for?
Find out more about what most people don't know about The Craic & Blonde and more here.
Tori from kitchen + kraft
You had me at rad.
kitchen + kraft's tagline 'rad things for mindful living' perfectly sums up what they're all about and we can't get enough.
Tori from kitchen + kraft creates graze bags, tea towels, pillows, and more by hand in her studio north of Boston. Every item she creates is handmade with natural fibers and dyed with plant and vegetable dyes -- the blocks used to decorate the fabrics are carved by hand. It's safe to say that kitchen + kraft is the epitome of rad.
Find out what Boston-area makers Tori admires and more here.
Afton from Jam Sessions Jam
Before trying Jam Sessions, we were not huge jam people. We enjoyed it from time to time but did not go out of our way for jam. Things have come a long way since then. Once we had a spoonful of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Sessions, we were amazing that jam could actually taste like real fruit - and our lives have been changed ever since.
Afton from Jam Sessions Jam creates a wide variety of jam and jellies that are exclusively sourced in New England. She buys all fruit in season, so you really can enjoy freshly picked strawberries from a farm down the road in the middle of December. Find out which Boston-area makers Afton admires (hint hint - a bunch of them are Boston & Bale makers!) and more here.
Jordan, Fannie, & Milo from Bondat Foods
In flavors like Cluck Yeah!, Chocolate Chipotle, and Taco Night, Jordan and his team are bringing their fresh, locally sourced blends to the world in a powerful way. Bondat Foods custom blends and packages each seasoning mix in small batches for the ultimate wow factor in every bite. Find out what the Filipino word 'Bondat' means and the makers Jordan and his team admire here.
Maggie from Studdly
When we heard that the Studdly concept began in Florence, we couldn't have been more jealous. Maggie from Studdly first discovered jewelry making while studying abroad in Italy, and hasn't stopped since.
Maggie creates hand embroidered bracelets and other jewelry, with absolutely gorgeous gems and stitching. Who knew you could wear a masterpiece on your wrist? Find out what local Boston area makers Maggie admires, what inspires her, and more here.
Rachel from Handmade For
Two years ago, Rachel from Handmade For struck a deal with her grandfather to bring his handmade cribbage boards and her soap to the public as a team, and she hasn't stopped since.
Rachel creates a variety of handmade soaps in Somerville, MA that cure over 4-6 weeks. From a Volcano Birch soap that is Handmade For Adventure, to a Sea Clay Avocado soap that is Handmade For Lather, we guarantee you'll fall in love all of Handmade For's products and scents. Find out what local Boston area makers Rachel admires and more here.
Sharrel from Mud&Yarn
Sharrel from Mud&Yarn has one goal - that each piece of her collection will be used and used hard.
Combining a lifelong love of crocheting with a a newly acquired talent in wheelthrowing pottery -- Sharrel wows us with each of her scarves, mugs, and pretty much anything that can be crocheted or made via pottery wheel.
Find out more about what Boston-area makers Sharrel admires (hint hint one is a Boston & Bale Maker!) and more here.
Janine from Kwohtations
A Kwohtation card doesn't start with paper - it starts with a linoleum block. Janine from Kwohtations hand carves a linoleum block for each character on her refreshingly frank and sassy cards, paints each one, and then stamps it to finish it off.
With phrases like 'Sorry I Got Drunk', 'Yay You Quit', and 'It's Ok, I Never Keep My Resolutions Either' -- Janine is telling it like it is and making it easy to celebrate (or apologize for) the every day things and major milestones in a whole new way. Find out what Boston area makers Janine admires and more here.
Heather & Alison from Atlantic Saltworks
To be the first saltworks from Eastern MA in more than 100 years, you've got to know your stuff (or should we say salt?!). Heather and Alison, cofounders of Atlantic Saltworks don't just know their salt -- they live and breathe it.
College friends turned MBA classmates turned business partners, they harvest seawater by hand straight from the ocean in Gloucester, MA to create their pure sea salt.
Throw it on a fresh tomato, sprinkle it on a steak, or add it to a batch of caramel -- it adds the perfect pop of flavor to pretty much anything. We can't get enough! Find out what most people don't know about Atlantic Saltworks and more here.
Lianna from Salem Style
It's not every day you come across a 5th generation crocheter.
Lianna from Salem Style started crocheting at the age of 9, and hasn't stopped since. Creating a variety of hand crocheted items, from iced coffee coozies, to hats, to boot cuffs - Salem Style is our go-to place for all things crocheted.
Find out why Lianna started Salem Style, the Boston area Makers she admires, and more here.
Aaron, Alison, Greg, & Joshua from Cuppow
Based out of Somerville MA, Aaron, Alison, Greg, and Joshua from Cuppow strive to live a low-impact life -- and their products are making it easy for the rest of us to do so.
From their flagship canning jar drinking lid, to their lunchbox adapters -- the Cuppow team develops products that can be used daily as an alternative to disposable items.
Their products are super easy to use, guaranteed for life, and are made out of recycled materials -- what more could you want?
Find out how customers are using Cuppow products creatively, why Cuppow chose to base their business out of the Boston area, and more here.
Abigail from yeiou
Who would have though that a middle school origami obsession would turn into a full fledged business? After years of working in online marketing producing only pixels, Abigail from yeiou had an urge to make something with her hands, and went back to her roots.
Abigail from yeiou creates paper banners, gift boxes, and more that will make you smile every time you look at them. Find out where the name yeiou came from, the Boston area Makers Abigail admires, and more here.
Lauren from Wildes of Port Press
When we heard that Wildes of Port Press creates cards and prints completely tree-free - we were in shock. How is that even possible?
Lauren from Wildes of Port Press creates gorgeous cards and prints on cotton-stock, using a 125 year old press with no motor. Everything you see is made by a foot pedal that powers the machine - talk about some serious calf strength.
Find out more about Lauren and the Boston-area makers she admires here.
Ava from Ava's Caramel Popcorn
Fresh-to-order, buttery caramel popcorn that melts in your mouth - what could be better? Handmade with the finest caramel and sea salt, this popcorn will leave you speechless.
The first time we tried Ava’s Caramel Popcorn we ate the whole bag in just a few minutes...we hope you enjoy as much as we did.
Find out more about which Boston & Bale fellow maker she admires and more here.
Saralynne & Allie from Sara Allie Bracelets
Founded in the treacherous, record breaking Boston winter of 2015, Saralynne & Allie from Sara Allie Bracelets started making bracelets and rings as a way to not go completely insane in the snow. What started as a way to keep busy has grown into a growing online and wholesale business.
Each piece is named after their family and friends as a tribute to their support and we can't get enough of the gorgeous stones in each piece!
Find out what Boston area makers they admire and more here.
Claire from Curio Spice Co
Always curious about the 'story behind the ingredient', Claire from Curio Spice Co traveled to Greek Macedonia to harvest the spice saffron and write a book about it.
Ever since her travels, she's been crazy about spices and started Curio Spice Co to bring the very best to us. From her Kozani blend that has bee pollen in it, to her De Lat Vietnamese Coffee Rub, each spice will add the oomph you've been looking for to just about any dish. Find out what Boston area Makers Claire admires and more here.
Michelle from Golden Quill Designs
Originally from Dallas, TX, Golden Quill Designs began with one calligraphy class for her wedding invitations. One class quickly escalated, and Michelle from Golden Quill Designs started combining her newfound love of calligraphy and watercolor painting. Flash forward to today -- Michelle not only offers wedding calligraphy essentials for others, but has a line of cards and prints that will light up your day. Find out more about about what advice Michelle has for those who want to start their own business and more here.
Helen from Linden Leaf Designs
The first thing that drew us into the Linden Leaf Designs booth at the South End Open Market was a little print that said 'I Love The Green Line'. We were baffled -- how could anyone POSSIBLY think that?
And then we noticed the small 'Just Kidding' underneath - ah, we knew we were going to like Linden Leaf Designs.
Helen from Linden Leaf Designs creates prints, notepads, and more that are centralized around Boston and places she holds dear (such as Minnesota, her home state). Find out what Helen's dream project is, and more here.
Carrie & Julie from Pure7 Chocolate
In their barn turned commercial kitchen, Pure7 Chocolate founders Julie and Carrie create delicious raw, honey sweetened chocolate in flavors like Orange Goldenberry, Salted Licorice, Espresso, and more. All chocolate is hand mixed and hand poured, so you know you’re getting the very best. We can’t over the fact that Julie and Carrie actually make chocolate for a living and do it in a healthy way. Find out how to use Pure7 Chocolate creatively and why Julie and Carrie love owning a Boston area business here.
Katie from Soy Much Brighter
Katie from Soy Much Brighter creates each scent of her soy candles in small batches on a stove top and literally pours her heart and soul into each jar you receive. She’s about to take her candles across the country, with a goal of sharing her products with at least one store in each state! Talk about ambitious - there are big things ahead for Soy Much Brighter and we can’t wait! Find out more about Katie's plans for the future and more here.
Rita from Boston Bonbon
When we first heard that Boston Bonbon created flavors like Green Tea Latte, Earl Grey, Mango Lassi, Thai Iced Tea & Raspberry Rose, we thought they were some type of beverage company. Turn out, these are french macaron flavors and they are INCREDIBLY delicious.
In a cozy and colorful studio nestled somewhere in the heart of Boston, Alaina is busy crafting something extra special. The bright and bubbly notecards, prints, and stamps from Extras by Alaina instantly fill you with warmth, giving you that long-distance hug, smirk, or smile you’re hoping for when you send a letter to a loved one. Want to wander through the world of this calligraphic queen? Read more here.
Sylvia from Middle Dune
We all search for the 'perfect' in life. The perfect cup of coffee, the perfect outfit, the perfect job - but not all of us stop searching and go out and create it ourselves. Sylvia from Middle Dune did just that. Always on a search for the perfect notebook, she decided to create it instead.
Everything at Middle Dune is hand printed, hand cut, and hand bound. From notebooks, to bunting, to gift wrap, Middle Dune is our go-to place for all things paper. Find out what Sylvia's perfect day in Boston is like and more here.
Journey from Lilac & Moss
Summer, Latte, and Winter Wine. What may sound like a collection of things we dream about having in our daily lives, we're happy to say that through Lilac & Moss, it's now possible.
Journey from Lilac & Moss creates vegan, essential oil perfumes in a variety of scents that will match any mood, season, or occasion. She even does custom scents! Find out more about what Journey recommends when starting a business and more here.
Mark & Sandy from Westborough Wicks
Can you imagine hand pouring dozens upon dozens of candles from a tea kettle? For Big Wick and Little Wick, aka Mark and Sandy, this is a part of daily life.
In scents like Sangria and Pineapple Cilantro, this husband and wife team create all natural candles and soap with solar power so that you can treat yourself and feel extra good about doing so.
Westborough Wicks uses all natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and reusable vessels (think Mason jars and juice glasses) for all of their candles and soaps. Find out more about Westborough Wicks and what local maker they admire here.
Christian and Mike from 2 Dogs Treats
When half of the executives in a company are dogs, you know they have the right mindset.
Christian and Mike run 2 Dogs Treats with the help of their Chief Taste Tester, Riley and their VP of Treat Development, Jennifer Lopez.
Their 1-ingredient dog treats are locally sourced, handmade in Dorchester MA, and include absolutely no preservatives. In flavors ranging from Organic Sweet Potato to a classic Chicken, we guarantee your pup will thank you big time. Find out what local Boston area makers 2 Dogs Treats admires and why they started their company here.
Katie from One Delightful Button
Some of us are drawn to be makers -- the people who see the beauty in the broken, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the amazing in the everyday thing. Katie Bowling, founder of One Delightful Button, is one of those people.
One Delightful Button offers handmade earrings, cufflinks, bookmarks -- you name it -- all from vintage buttons and fabulous fabric finds. Get to know the gal who’s bringing new meaning to the phrase “cute as a button”, and learn more about One Delightful Button here.
Monique from Monique Aimee
What do old saws, embroidered hoops, and card decks have in common? Monique Aimee.
Lettering antique saws with classic phrases, embroidering hoops with sass, and bringing life to a common items through her illustration talents, we can't help but love the character and moxie that Monique brings to each piece of her collection. Find out the Boston makers Monique admires and more here.
Michelle from Kitchen Millie
Who doesn’t love a fresh from the oven, melt in your mouth cookie? Michelle from Kitchen Millie is bringing back that fresh from the oven taste we all love, at a size that’s right for your body and spirit. Michelle hand mixes, hand rolls, and bakes all two-bite cookies straight out of Somerville, MA.
In flavors like The Caramel Renegade and The Velvet Rush, Michelle is taking a fresh perspective on the common cookie. The best part? Each cookie is just two bites, so it won’t leave you feeling guilty or sluggish. Find out how Michelle’s childhood lemonade stand turned into the two-bite cookie movement here.