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In Thomasville, GA, Blackberry Patch and Sweet Grass Dairy have teamed up to offer a tasty cheese and preserves set.

Blackberry Patch, known for its handmade, small-batch goods using real fruits, offers Blueberry Lemon Thyme and Peach Bourbon Cardamom preserves ($6.99 per 10-ounce jar) for cheese.

Purchase preserves individually or as part of the Perfect Pairing Gift Set ($48), which includes a hand-crafted soft and hard cheese from the award-winning Georgia cheese maker.

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beyond sweet tea


 Greta McCoy first began making honey simple syrup for cocktails for friends and family before starting Hudson & Lee last year.

The North Carolina company offers an all-natural, honey simple syrup to sweeten your lemonade, iced tea, margarita, sangria or favorite cocktail.

The original flavor (Honey Simple Syrup) is a top seller followed by Ginger Spice honey simple syrup ($12.99 for an eight-ounce bottle).

Popular gifts for holidays and weddings include the Skinny Moscow Mule ($52.99 with two mugs) and the Mason Jar Cocktail shaker ($49.99) At

mini pop art

Shana Bowes Collage

Some painters prefer to create big art. Atlanta’s Shana Bowes likes to go small.

The artist: Bowes grew up in Alpharetta, lived in New York City for 18 years and moved back to Atlanta in 2014. She studied art at Oglethorpe University and earned a master’s degree in arts administration from SCAD’s Atlanta campus. After returning to Atlanta, the lifelong artist began creating small, simple images that reminded Bowes of her past and the South in her new series: tiny paintings: BIG CITIES.

The goods: 8”x10” matted prints ($25). Each print is an exact replica of the original image, which she paints within a 1.5” box.

What’s popular: Krispy Kreme  (below) followed by UGA Arches and the (Georgia) Tech Tower.

Big break: Having her originals for sale in the Swan Coach House Gallery show in Atlanta “Little Things Mean a Lot,” through Dec. 30.

What’s next:  Savannah landmarks.

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Krispy ruler copy

forever bags

Satchel Fall

Satchel, a Savannah-based leather goods boutique, likes to say its classic and timeless bags age as gracefully as the people who carry them.

The company: Satchel, based in downtown Savannah, started in 2006. The company, with a workshop in the back of its stylish shop, designs and makes quality leather goods, ranging from everyday bags and weekenders to clutches shotgun cases. The company also offers shoppers the opportunity to design their own bags.

The owner & founder: A native of Covington, La., Elizabeth Seeger, graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2005 with a degree in fashion design. The next year, she started Satchel.

What’s popular: Small Stewardess ($260 to $340). The design was inspired by a bag Seeger’s mother made when she was a stewardess with TWA. The lightweight bag is designed to fold or roll up easily in your suitcase. Also the Elizabeth clutch/wallet ($168 to $190), an all-in-one wallet, a clutch and a wristlet.

Claim to fame: The company’s custom leather gun cases were finalist in Garden & Gun magazine’s 2015 “Made in the South Awards.”

Where to buy: For now, call or email the company to order until the website ( becomes shoppable in 2018. In Atlanta, find bags in several shops, including B.D. Jefferies, Huff Harrington and Sandpiper in Vinings Jubilee.


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just for kids

Clover and Birch

When Georgia’s Taylor Melton couldn’t find stylish, sustainably made wood toys for her daughter, she created play pieces with a modern design — and heirloom quality.

The owner & founder: Taylor Melton grew up in Smyrna and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in business management before launching her business.

The company: Marietta-based Clover and Birch started in 2012. Melton’s company makes children’s products, including activity gyms, teething and grasping toys.

What’s popular: Wooden baby gym ($75, shown above), painted with eco-friendly, no voc paint.

Other favorites: The Balance board ($34, shown below) and the open-ended busy bags ($14) for imaginative play.

What’s next: A new product line, including a sleek wooden play kitchen, new teether designs and a modern take on the classic stick horse.

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HG StoreCalifornia-based Hudson Grace, a go-to shop for tabletop goods and entertaining essentials, has brought its luxe-yet-livable West Coast style to Atlanta.

The store: Hudson Grace opened in mid-October in Atlanta’s designed-focused Westside Provisions District. The home décor shop offers a curated collection of dinnerware, glassware, table linens, candles and other entertaining essentials. The company, founded in 2012 in San Francisco, has five locations in California. The Atlanta shop is the company’s first location outside of California.

The look: With its black interior, white hex tile floor and black grout, the city- chic shop features floor to ceiling windows on two sides and a welcome “hello” in the floor tile as you enter the front door.

The founders & owners. Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton are friends and avid entertainers who have had long careers in retail, ranging from product development, merchandising, plus marketing and design. Prior to teaming up at Hudson Grace, they worked with companies such as Williams Sonoma, Banana Republic and Gap Inc.

Popular gifts:

  • Signature candles ($65), including the newest scent “Savannah” to celebrate the Georgia store.
  • Berry bowl ($38). The multiuse bowl was inspired by a French antique found in a Paris flea market.
  • Marble cheeseboards ($48).
  • Wine Chiller ($68), made of resin and cement.
  • HG dish soap ($24), which looks great on the counter and has a tart kumquat scent.

Favorite items in store: MT: White dinnerware and the garment-dyed, oversized linen napkins in 24 colors. GM: The mix of modern and vintage (antique silver martini shaker and hotel silver), plus the company’s signature candles. A favorite of both: The everyday wine (or juice) glass ($3.95), designed from a simple glass in Italy.

Best design advice: MT: Chuck Williams (founder of Williams Sonoma) once said, “We can sell anything, but we don’t.” He taught me to edit and stay true to who you are as a person and a brand.

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swirls, swooshes & spirals



Tulip Regal Necklace - Orig

Aquatic forms and patterns inspire the bold yet elegant jewelry of artist Shana Kroiz.

The artist: A Baltimore native, Kroiz started doing art in high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She later earned fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design and a master’s degree from Towson University.

What’s popular: Known for her lightweight, double-sided sculptural earrings ($150 to $380, pictured below). They are hand carved in wax and electroformed in silver and 18k gold over copper and enamel. Also the one-a-kind enamel earrings ($600 to $950).

Other favorites: Enamel necklaces ($1,800 to $4,800, pictured below).

Fun (or unusual) request: Create a bracelet inspired by a tattoo on a customer’s wife.

Big break: Started the Baltimore Jewelry Center at the Maryland College of Art when she was 25 years old, and concurrently was published in Susan Grant Lewin’s book, “One of A kind: 50 American Art Jewelers Today.”

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