We source from more than 200 makers and small-batch brands. We are honored to share their products and stories with others. From artists in our neighborhood to artisans across the coasts, we cultivate partnerships with small businesses that share our appreciation for quality and craft. Learn more about their journeys or suggest a new partner you’d love to see featured in our gifts.
A ManoMinneapolis, MN
Louisa Podlich, founder of A MANO, which means "by hand," makes each and every one of her pieces of small decorative functional pottery. As a one-woman show, Louisa lets no detail go unnoticed and we love everything that comes out of her studio.
Aged & Infused
Aged & InfusedChicago, IL
Cofounders, spouses, and mixologists Jess and John started their business by chance after experimenting with infused whiskey as a holiday gift. Years later, they’ve continued to add new creations thanks to their passion for happy hour. They believe this time is precious and more than just about enjoying a beverage. It’s a chance to connect, converse, experiment, and soak in the company of your favorite people.
American Heritage Brands
American Heritage BrandsSpringfield, MO
American Heritage Brands aren't about following the rules of how a product should be - and know that the best adventures begin with snacks.
AnellabeesFort Collins, CO
Anellabees Honey Candies began as a mother-daughter passion project in 2017. Danielle and her daughter Anella began testing hard candy recipes in their kitchen using an old confectionary press from the 1880s, and honey from their family's farm in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The goal was simple: create a honey-based candy that everyone in the family would love, free of the unnecessary ingredients found in most confections.
Annie B'sMahtomedi, MN
Back in 1979, Tom and Carol Bouquet loved making caramels out of their home and realized people couldn’t get enough of them. Their caramels are slow-cooked in large copper kettles, which ensures that every batch is buttery and delicious. So delicious in fact that they landed on Oprah’s favorite things in 2014.
Illustrator and artist Annie Brougham designs and hand-paints fine paper goods for beautiful correspondence. Her designs are elegantly paired with luxurious, traditional printing finishes and paper textures, and are made to be keepsakes.
Ashley Mary Art
Ashley Mary ArtMinneapolis, MN
Ashley Mary’s work isn’t restricted to one particular medium--this creative boss does it all. She paints, illustrates, designs, and dabbles with fabric and glass design. Her style is recognized for its vibrant colors, balance of abstract shapes, and overall positivity. We share a studio space with Ashley in the Northrup King Building, so we get to stare at her beautiful artwork all day long!
Founders Dee Charlemagne and Alex Doman understand the desire to lead a fun and healthy lifestyle, which is why they set out to bring modernized mixers to social butterflies everywhere. As a member of 1% for the Planet, Avec drinks are healthier for your body and the planet alike, with less sugar and natural ingredients paired with recycled cans and tighter supply chains.
Bamboo SwitchWhite Bear Lake, MN
Bamboo Switch is an eco-lifestyle brand founded by Jordan and Alex Akens that encourages people to “make the switch” to a zero-waste life. Their products are thoughtfully designed for utility and beauty. They believe that every eco journey starts small and grows, and they aren't aiming to preach or shame but to educate and share. They also donate 5% of their profits to Sea Shepherd, an organization that protects marine waters and wildlife.
Bang CandyNashville, TN
Sarah Souther launched Bang Candy in September of 2010, specializing in handmade delights for the adventurous palate. Today, Bang Candy continues to maintain their commitment to only using the finest ingredients, with no preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors, or artificial flavors.
Banner Road Baking
Banner Road BakingEarth City, MO
Chef Anne Croy founded Banner Road Baking Co. to delve into her obsession with granola. Having grown up spending summers on her family farm in central Oklahoma, she was able to observe first-hand the labor of love that is bringing food to market and table. With a commitment for quality, she and her team create their products that promote health without skimping on flavor.
Bare HoneyMinneapolis, MN
Husband and wife team Dustin and Grace founded Bare Honey out of their love for good food and the great outdoors. Not only are they whipping up tasty local honey, but they also use their company to raise money for the needs of other local bee farmers.
Bear Soap Company
Bear Soap CompanyKansas City, MO
On a trip in 2015, the founders bought a DIY soap kit from a small retailer to test it before selling it at their own gift shop. With four successful bars of organic goat's milk soap and a new skill added to their repertoire, Bear Soap Company was born a few months later! They've since added multiple soap scents, plus bath bombs, shower steamers, beard care items, and more.
Bearclaw KitchenLos Angeles, CA
Founded by a pastry chef with a big appetite, Bearclaw Kitchen creates satisfying snacks for a full life. Sarah Lange's homespun recipes bring a touch of decadence with delicious flavors from roasted whole nuts, organic oats, wildflower honey, and other high-quality ingredients.
Benjamin Soap Co.
Benjamin Soap Co.Austin, TX
Launched in Fall 2014 as a farmers market stand, Benjamin Soap Co. harnesses natural ingredients and sustainable methods to bring personal care products to the world. From its candles to its bath salts, every product is ethically and naturally created in its 100% green energy studio.
Benjamin TwiggsTraverse City, Michigan
Benjamin Twiggs is a proudly woman-owned business. Leisa Eckerle's family has been in the cherry farming business for over 100 years! Founded in 1966, Benjamin Twiggs is the original purveyor of fine cherry products in northern Michigan. Throughout their history they have remained true to their commitment to using only the finest local ingredients.
Big Heart Tea Co.
Big Heart Tea Co.St. Louis, MO
Big Heart Tea Co. began in 2012 when founder Lisa Govro fell in love with the healing power of turmeric and began her search for the world's best tea ingredients. Nearly a decade later, she and her team continue to grow the brand, creating incredible blends from direct-sourcing partnerships with top organic farmers across the globe. As they’ve grown, they’ve stayed rooted in their values, including their commitment to be kind to our planet. Each product is packaged in non-toxic and compostable materials, right down to their beautiful sachets, so you can feel good while enjoying a cup of their delightful tea.
Big Spoon Roasters
Big Spoon RoastersDurham, NC
A lifelong peanut butter lover, co-founder Mark Overbay first tried making his own in 1999 while living in a rural farming community in Zimbabwe, where he was a Peace Corps Volunteer. After returning to the US, he used his experience in Africa as inspiration to start Big Spoon Roasters with the aim to bring healthy, flavorful foods to others. Big Spoon sources ingredients only from trusted, transparent farms that share its belief: food matters and should be good for all those involved in producing it.
BLK & Bold
BLK & BoldDes Moines, IA
Founders Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson created BLK & Bold with a desire to make purpose popular. The company pledges 5% of its profits to initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness. In doing so, BLK & Bold has turned a daily ritual, enjoying a cup of coffee and tea, into a means of giving back.
Bunches & Bunches
Bunches & BunchesPortland, OR
Bunches & Bunches founder, Tamalpais "Pai" Roth-McCormick has had a lot of titles. Sous chef, caterer, creator - but the one that sticks out the most is "cookie maven." Leveraging her culinary training and love for treats, she pours her heart into her recipes to help others savor life and live deliciously.
Burnt Sugar Confectionery
Burnt Sugar ConfectioneryLong Lake, MN
Founder Melinda Norman has always had a passion for creating sweets with a touch of whimsy. During her years as a pastry chef, she took great joy in experimenting with new flavors and techniques. However as much as she loves to innovate with the new, she also pays tribute to the past. Bringing back Old World recipes and sharing them with others is an important part of Burnt Sugar's mission.
byrd & belle
byrd & belleMinneapolis, MN
byrd & belle is a fully equipped design studio and manufactory specializing in cut-and-sew designs with a modern aesthetic. We teamed up with them to create our signature “binny” to package our locally curated gifts. Each binny that comes out of byrd & belle's Minneapolis studio reflects the belief that “service is paramount, work is good, and small is awesome.”
Carbon Candle Co.
Carbon Candle Co.Minneapolis, MN
DJ, the founder of Carbon Candle Co., fell in love with ceramics in high school and continued taking courses through college. Now he proudly owns his own studio in the heart of NE Minneapolis creating everyday ceramic ware everyone can enjoy.
Cellar Door Preserves
Cellar Door PreservesGrand Rapids, MI
Cellar Door creates handcrafted, small-batch preserves using traditional techniques with fruit sourced along the shore of Lake Michigan. Cellar Door was born out of a desire to eat local, support small farmers, and highlight the terroir of the Upper Midwest. Each jar is made with care, attention to detail, and love.
Cheeky CocktailsBrooklyn, NY
In 2015, Cheeky's founder and beverage-industry veteran April Wachtel taught cocktail classes at Astor Center in New York City. Her students wanted to make bar-quality drinks at home but couldn't access the essential ingredients found at craft cocktail bars. April set out to change that, and founded her brand so the best mixing ingredients could be available to all.
Chicago French Press
Chicago French PressChicago, IL
Founded by a former Wall Street analyst turned coffee connoisseur Kris Christian, Chicago French Press is a coffee destination aimed to connect java drinkers to healthier, higher-quality coffee options. Freshly roasted in the Windy City, CFP delivers premium fair-trade, non-GMO coffee while also supporting various philanthropic efforts. With its “grinding for a cause” program, CFP donates 5% from each bag sold to various 501(c)3 organizations across the country, so you can sip and support at the same time.
City BonfiresRockville, MD
Maryland natives Chris McCasland, a sports and concert industry broker and restaurateur, and Michael Opalski, a senior restaurant industry salesman, both endured a loss of income during the pandemic. As the story goes, while at home, Chris started teaching himself e-commerce and searching for cool product ideas. He created City Bonfires, a portable, reusable mini bonfire you can take on all outdoor adventures. He enlisted the help of Mike, who came up with the product's design.
Coconut WhiskMinneapolis, MN
Coconut Whisk started in 2018 in founder Bella (Nhi) Lam's college apartment. After experiencing the benefits of a vegan and gluten-free diet, she and her partner Myles Olson wanted to bring tasty indulgences to busy families. Though they've grown tremendously, they stand by their dedication to easy-to-make recipes that are always dietitian-approved, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and made without preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Colored OrganicsMinneapolis, MN
Amanda Barthelemy, founder of Colored Organics, is a mama helping others make the switch to ethically sourced organic fashion. Not only can you feel good about dressing your kiddos in Colored Organic clothing, but their pieces are also high-quality and adorable, too.
Copper Cow Coffee
Copper Cow CoffeeLos Angeles, CA
Debbie Wei Mullin founded Copper Cow Coffee out of her love of sharing her culture with friends through food and coffee. Copper Cow is AAPI woman-owned and works directly with Vietnamese farmers to ensure sustainable sourcing and pay twice the market rate. Copper Cow Coffee makes Vietnamese coffee accessible to everyone by using 100% natural ingredients to create simple pour-over lattes that anyone can make at home. Their coffee is more than just a delicious cup—it’s a self-care ritual.
Core & Rind
Core & RindSt. Louis, MO
After taking a life-changing Culinary Nutrition program, Candi and Rita co-founded Core & Rind. They began selling healthier-for-you items in 2016 at their local Farmers Market in St. Louis, MO. Their customers loved Cashew Cheesy Sauce so much that they decided to take a year and a half to perfect a shelf-stable recipe. Core and Rind is committed to creating tasty, nutritious food without chemicals, additives, and unpronounceable ingredients.
Couplet CoffeeSanta Monica, CA
Gefen, the founder of Couplet Coffee, is a first-generation immigrant and proud queer woman whose been a coffee lover since she was 13! She founded Couplet Coffee with a mission to make great coffee more fun and approachable for everyone. Couplet Coffee skips the pretentious tasting notes and gets right to the good part - ridiculously delicious coffee you can prepare just how you like it.
Crow & Moss
Crow & MossPetoskey, MI
Mike Davies understands humble beginnings for a business. After experiencing an overwhelming desire to learn how to make craft chocolate, he collected a range of equipment - including his wife's blow dryer - to help him get started. It turned out to be his calling. Years later, Crow & Moss produces artisan chocolate in 100-pound batches, creating bars that highlight the true-to-bean flavor notes.
Cry Baby Craig's
Cry Baby Craig'sMinneapolis, MN
You can thank a happy accident for this addicting sauce. Former chef Craig Kaiser was sent the wrong peppers, so he decided to pickle them and pop them in the fridge. A month later it came time to make a family meal for the staff, so he tossed the peppers in a blender and added a few secret ingredients. When the staff went through half a gallon in a week, Craig knew he had something special.
Curious ElixirsMarlboro, NY
Curious Elixirs began with the belief that non-alcoholic drinks should be unusually delicious, well-crafted, and good for bodies and souls, and they seem to have struck a chord. People from all walks of life have joined the community - some sober and some who just drink less alcohol on a quest to live their best life. Whatever your reasoning, you will fall in love with the bold and adventurous flavors in these all-natural botanical elixirs.
DashfireSt. Paul, MN
Dashfire cocktail blends, bitters, and liqueurs are handcrafted in small batches using premium ingredients. The force behind Dashfire, Lee Egbert, is driven by an unending curiosity coupled with an appetite for travel and a desire to learn all he can about the flavors and spices of different cultures.
Daughter of the Land
Daughter of the LandSeattle, WA
Daughter of the Land was created in 2017 after an eye-opening experience in Chennai, India. Founder Ashley Spierer reflected on her own skincare routine and realized the products weren’t aligned with her values. She pledged to start a business that never compromises on customers or the planet, sourcing organic and fair-trade food grade ingredients, using eco-friendly packaging, and employing ethical business practices.
DeLight PatisserieLos Angeles, CA
DeLight Patisserie creates one-of-a-kind shortbread cookies with a buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Deneen PotterySt. Paul, MN
This second-generation family business, best known for its medallion mugs, serves thousands of businesses nationwide. Each item is handmade, so no two pieces are exactly alike.
Dick Taylor Chocolate
Dick Taylor ChocolateEureka, CA
Founders Adam and Dustin always loved to work with their hands and were drawn to chocolate making after seeing the level of artistry that goes into production. Using the finest cacao and traditional European techniques, all of their chocolate is carefully crafted from the bean in their small factory in Northern California.
Duluth Candy Co.
Duluth Candy Co.Duluth, MN
With a retail location in the heart of historic downtown Duluth, owners Pat and Don Garofalo have spent the last decade delighting customers with handcrafted North Shore goodies. While they specialize in gourmet, homemade popcorn, their in-house chocolatier also whips up delicious truffles and fine chocolates.
Excelsior Candle Co.
Excelsior Candle Co.St. Paul, MN
Excelsior Candle Co. was born of the belief that the right fragrance can make everyday moments feel extraordinary. All of its candles are batch-made in Minnesota using renewable, biodegradable soy wax, natural essential oils and fragrance blends, recyclable and reusable containers, and lead-free wicks.
Essence OneMinneapolis, MN
Lauren VanScoy founded Essence One to bring awareness to mental health and wellness through the creation of all-natural aromatherapy products. Her passion and dedication to natural goods began after being caught off-guard by anxiety and depression in her mid-thirties. Lauren’s search for help led to her interest and eventual certification in aromatherapy, and she started formulating items for stress relief. Today, she continues to honor her past by partnering with Bring Change to Mind, a national organization working to end the stigma and discrimination around mental illness by helping students start mental health clubs.
Fifty/FiftyLake Oswego, OR
Fifty/Fifty began in Lake Oswego, Oregon, back in 2016. From then to now, their mission has stayed the same. They are committed to providing a friendly face and excellent service alongside their high-quality products. Fifty/Fifty believe it’s time to bring a little humanness back into the corporate world.
Filtrum HomeChicago, IL
Filtrum Home believes in providing high-quality, socially responsible, and sustainable glassware, home decor, and wellness products to help create a home that reflects you. The brand aims to offer products that bring serenity and joy to any home while supporting sustainability practices and reducing their environmental impact.
FINE & RAW
FINE & RAWBrooklyn, NY
Founder Daniel Sklaar started making small-batch chocolate in an artist loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At first, he shared his creations only with friends, but soon he was biking orders to local shops. FINE & RAW is a true bean-to-bar facility, taking sustainable, organic beans from their burlap sacks all the way to finished chocolate creations.
Firesticks PretzelsCold Spring, MN
Randy and Becky, the husband and wife team behind Firesticks Pretzels, first bonded over their love of trivia. A few years later, the duo began hosting an annual 50-hour trivia contest. In their quest to create the best trivia experience, the team racked their brains for the best snack food. After much trial and error, they struck gold with the recipe that would become Firestick pretzels!
Folly CoffeeSt. Louis Park, MN
Born in January 2018 out of an obsession for high-end specialty beans, Folly Coffee is an award-winning roaster that aims to make coffee everyone can enjoy. From connoisseurs to casual drinkers, the brand kicks snobbery to the curb and invites all to enjoy its products.
Freak Flag Organics
Freak Flag OrganicsMinneapolis, MN
Founder Fred Haberman created Freak Flag Organics because of his freakishly deep love for people who are defined by creativity and self-expression. And one of his favorite ways to express himself is through good food: food that’s good to eat, good for the body, and good for the planet. It’s why all of the brand's products are GMO-free, densely packed with flavor, and certified USDA organic.
Golden Fig Fine Foods
Golden Fig Fine FoodsSt. Paul, MN
Located in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, this artisan food and gift shop has an assortment of chocolates, spreads, dips, spices, snacks, and even a line of its own signature products.
Good & Well Supply Co.
Good & Well Supply Co.Seattle, WA
On a mission to celebrate nature, Good & Well Supply Co. supports reforestation efforts by planting a tree for every candle sold, and partners with 1% for The Planet by donating 1% of its annual revenue to non-profit organizations.
Good Office Day
Good Office DayMinneapolis, MN
In 2020 two highly organized architects, Chris and Kevin, put their brains together to craft a new line of notebooks, binders, and paper pads. Good Office Day is committed to creating quality products that are equal parts functional, well-designed, and sustainable. In fact, most of Good Office Day’s products are backyard compostable, meaning they naturally degrade into nutrient-rich organic material when disposed of.
GoodioPalo Alto, CA
Goodio is a food pioneer with a big heart. The brand's vision is to deliver Nordic-inspired flavors using organic, nutritious ingredients and unique flavor fusions.
A Gourmet Thyme
A Gourmet ThymeSt. Paul, MN
A Gourmet Thyme began in 2011 as a partnership between two creative food professionals, Donna Cavanaugh and Bonnie Alton. With nearly 50 years of culinary experience in their catering and baking businesses, they continue to channel their ideas and artisanal techniques through this specialty line of fine foods.
Grey Ghost Bakery
Grey Ghost BakeryCharleston, SC
Like the ghost tales of the Carolina Lowcountry, Grey Ghost Bakery’s legendary recipes were passed through family for generations before being perfected by founder Katherine Frankstone. The brand's made-from-scratch cookies feature only the freshest, highest quality ingredients around and have earned recognition from the sofi Awards and Martha Stewart's American Made initiative.
Gus Dean Coffee
Gus Dean CoffeeEagan, MN
Gus Dean Coffee is a black-owned, artisanal coffee roastery just south of the Twin Cities in Eagan, MN. They focus on carefully hand roasting small batches of premium beans to make smooth and enjoyable coffee.
Hacienda San José
Hacienda San JoséMinneapolis, MN
After 100 years of Ecuadorian cacao tradition, the fifth generation of this family-run business began to realize they should take their incredible cacao and create chocolate. Harvesting the best beans from their fields in Los Ríos, Ecuador, they offer exquisite taste with defined hints of nuttiness, vanilla, and cinnamon. As a UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certified business, they also practice social responsibility through two projects: Super Barato Market and PRODETI Foundation. These efforts help improve the standard of living for their workers and surrounding communities.
Hammond's CandiesDenver, CO
The journey of Hammond's Candies began in 1913 when founder Carl T. Hammond, Sr., became a candy apprentice. Through years of hard work, technique practice, and recipe development, he finally branched out on his own in 1920. Nearly a century later, the business has changed ownership and expanded significantly, but continues to carry Carl's legacy and passion for quality confections.
Hayden Flour Mills
Hayden Flour MillsQueen Creek, Arizona
Hayden Flour Mills is owned and operated by dad and daughter duo Jeff and Emma Zimmerman. Jeff grew up in North Dakota, where he witnessed the industrialization of his wheat farm firsthand. He decided to take quality into his own hands and move to Tempe, Arizona, to restart the historic Hayden Flour Mills. Jeff called his daughter, Emma, to share his wild idea, and the two have been making the dream a reality ever since.
Heart Soul Heat
Heart Soul HeatSt. Paul, MN
Raoul Benavides, the founder of Heart Soul Heat, is a prolific home cook passionate about bringing extraordinary bold flavors to everyday foods. Raoul experimented with his homemade honey by infusing spicy flavors into honey's well-loved flavor profile. As someone with a big entrepreneurial spirit and roots in Mexican food culture, he is excited to infuse the best of his family’s legacy into delicious new products he can share with everyone.
Hippy FeetMinneapolis, MN
Hippy Feet is dedicated to supporting the homeless by donating 50% of their Net Profits to non-profit organizations serving young people experiencing homelessness. They are also eco-friendly! The cotton and polyester in their socks come from recycled t-shirt trimmings — giving a new life to textiles that were otherwise heading for a landfill.
Hive to Home Candle Co.
Hive to Home Candle Co.Middleville, MI
Founded in 2018, Hive to Home Candle Co. is a woman-owned and operated business that aims to bring dessert-inspired fragrances and a bit of humor to your home. Using locally sourced beeswax, glass containers, cotton wicks, organic coconut oil, and phthalate-free fragrances, its creations are planet-friendly and hand-poured with love (and maybe a few swear words).
Homestead MillsCook, MN
Homestead Mills is a multifaceted manufacturer of specialty flour and grain products, including an iconic line of Northern Lites pancake and waffle mixes. Using natural, whole grains, it operates with a simple mantra for quality: "Don't put it in the bag unless you would serve it on your table.”
Honour EssentialsMinneapolis, MN
A fortuitous journey to an adventurous Costa Rican terrain led the Poling brothers to discover ingredients and a mindset in which slowing down to enjoy life’s simple pleasures takes priority. Thus, HONOUR skin, shave, and coffee essentials were born—for all to share and enjoy.
InBoozeGrand Rapids, MI
InBooze™ is owned by Ashleigh Evans, a mother of four and cocktail lover. In 2018, she wanted an easier (and healthier!) way for everyone to enjoy drinks at home. By infusing your beverages with simple fruits, spices, and herbs, you know exactly what is in your glass.
Isadore Nut Co.
Isadore Nut Co.Minneapolis, MN
Isadore Nut Company, created by Tasya Kelen produces delicious and award-winning nut mixes in Golden Valley, MN that fuel your body and soul. Kelen and her team are committed to repairing the world by supporting sustainable supply chains, providing employment equity and hiring a staff of all abilities.
Jane Candle Co
Jane Candle CoMinneapolis, MN
Jane Candle Co., based in Minneapolis, is a proudly black-women owned, mother + daughter run operation, centered around non-toxic practices and luxury standards. Macailah Maxwell founded Jane Candle Co. during her pregnancy in 2021 because she knew the value of being a stay-at-home parent. Now everything this mother + daughter duo creates is for the sake of Macailah’s baby girl.
Jammit JamDallas, TX
Jammit Jam began as a love for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. It has grown into an award-winning company thanks to the passion and drive of owner Stephanie Magilow. A Texan to her core, she’s steadfast on using only the best ingredients, including seasonal fruit, spices, herbs, and libations, and avoids pure cane sugar when possible. Her method of cooking allows multiple layers of flavors to shine through, so you can truly experience the uniqueness of her gourmet creations.
jcoco chocolateSeattle, WA
In 2012, Jean Thompson created a bold chocolate brand under the Seattle Chocolate umbrella with a focus on feeding hungry families at its core. Since then, with each jcoco purchase, fresh servings of food are donated to those in need through partnerships with food banks in Washington, California, and New York. With the help of its partners and customers, the brand has donated almost 4 million servings, and is well on the way to its big goal of 10 million!
Junita's JarMinneapolis, MN
Much more than a survivor of domestic abuse, Junita’s story is one of resilience and love. She found strength baking the recipes of her childhood, which led to a purpose-filled business. A portion of Junita’s Jar profits is donated to support education and awareness initiatives dedicated to ending relationship violence, so when you buy these deliciously wholesome cookies, you become a part of the brand's mission to help women live their best lives.
Justin SutherlandSt. Paul, MN
Chef Justin Sutherland was born to cook and spent his childhood honing his culinary skills by learning family recipes from his mother and grandmother. After years of practice and classical training in French cuisine, he now owns and operates multiple award-winning restaurants around the Twin Cities, and has also received many professional accolades, including winning Iron Chef America and Outstanding Chef from the 2019 Charlie Awards. Justin loves bringing contemporary Southern dishes to the Midwest and is also deeply passionate about giving back to his community through his work with The North Stands and Hybrid Nation.
KickbarNew York, NY
Kickbar founder Julianna Ward began her journey by driving a U-Haul across the country, without a job, to pursue her dreams in the Big Apple. As a New Yorker, entrepreneur, and mom, she's no stranger to needing a kick of caffeine to get her through early morning wake-ups and late nights. She saw a need for a no-fuss, on-the-go boost. After a year of testing and tinkering recipes in her kitchen, she finally perfected her proprietary coffee bean bars. Equivalent to a cup of coffee, these all-natural bars give you the energy and flavor you need without the added carbs or sugar.
Kika's TreatsSan Francisco, CA
Kika’s Treats is an artisanal company based in Northern California that manufactures premium, pure chocolate-covered confections using an array of alternative sweeteners. Founder Christina Arantes draws inspiration for her treats from her upbringing in Brazil and experiences working in a range of restaurants and bakeries in San Francisco. Her products are 100% natural and made with local ingredients, so you can indulge without the guilt.
Kind Earth Goods
Kind Earth GoodsLondon, UK
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is projected that 1.6 BILLION nonrecyclable pens end up in landfills each year in the U.S alone. Kind Earth Goods has crafted the perfect solution! The Better Pen is made from a blend of biodegradable natural grass and recycled plastic. It is a truly sustainable pen that is reusable and recyclable.
Kind LipsMinneapolis, MN
Determined to develop a product made from completely natural ingredients that would also give back to his community, Josh Neuman created Kind Lips. The brand behind this 100% natural lip balm gives 20% of its proceeds to non-profits.
Kisa & Co.
Kisa & Co.Nisswa, MN
Founded by Emily and Caglar Kisa, Kisa & Co. is inspired by the sensory experience of Turkey’s culture, art, and fashion. Their products combine the cultures of Turkey and Minnesota to make pieces that are truly unique, bold, and adventurous.
Koselig Candle Co.
Koselig Candle Co.White Bear Lake, MN
Co-founders Matt Kruger and Blake Anderson got into candle-making by chance and have been hand-pouring their incredible products ever since. What started as a pursuit to tap into their inner craftsman turned into a mission to help others achieve “koselig” – a Norwegian concept that roughly translates to a cozy and calming environment. Matt and Blake believe a quality candle helps create an inviting space where people can enjoy each other’s company and the pleasures of life.
La MonarcaGardena, CA
Ricardo Cervantes and Alfredo Livas created La Monarca Bakery as an homage to their Mexican hometown's delicious pan dulce and pastries. Every product is made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. Plus, 1% of their proceeds are donated to their non-profit partner, ECOLIFE Conservation, which supports programs that protect and preserve the monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico.
Larissa LodenMinneapolis, MN
Larissa Loden started as a middle school art teacher’s side hustle, and has morphed into a dream-come-true small business. Larissa is a woman, mother, and artist who finds inspiration everywhere. Her favorite work comes from simply playing in the studio or with her kids, with no agenda. It’s her form of meditation.
Leather Works MN
Leather Works MNSt. Paul, MN
What started in a basement in 1999 has become an iconic Minnesota brand. Founded by husband-and-wife team Kent and Lee Begnaud, the brand hand crafts each and every product from its adorable shop in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul.
Lehmann FarmsLakeville, MN
In 1899 Mr. Albert Mouchnotte started growing mushrooms in the caves above the Mississippi River in St. Paul. He sold them to the finest restaurants in the city. Today, Lehmann Farms has expanded to offer the finest gourmet mushrooms, olives, garnishes, and sauces.
Lift ChocolatesBoulder, CO
Lift is a veteran-owned, family business with a name that nods to owner and chocolatier Brandon Busch’s background as a heavy-lift helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. After serving two combat tours, he set out to live up to the nickname given to him by his fellow servicemembers: The Candy Man. Brandon has always believed that chocolate is the most special food in the world, and he showcases it in delicious, delightful, and innovative ways.
"When people ask: ‘What’s your story?’ All I can say is that it started at home, with home, and for home.” –Charles Lovejoy, Owner/Maker
Raised by a single mother of four, who dedicated her life to being in service to her community, Charles Lovejoy adopted the philanthropic mindset at a very young age. That's why Love Joy's is committed to donating to organizations that support at-risk youth and youth experiencing homelessness.
Lucky Bastard Co.
Lucky Bastard Co.Venice, CA
This small company makes natural products for the most original, authentic, and adventurous gentlemen. Founded by two brothers originally from a small town in Minnesota, Lucky Bastard Co. started as a concept for an undergrad Art and Design project. To date, every tin and tube is still handcrafted, hand poured, and hand labeled by the dudes who started it.
Lucy & Co.
Lucy & Co.Minneapolis, MN
Lucy & Co. was built on the idea that dogs are deserving. The brand is committed to beautiful, high-quality goods that reflect the way we think of our canine companions. Its large collection of whimsically designed bandanas, leashes, and harnesses means your pup will always be styling in this gear.
Lunar Lotus Design
Lunar Lotus DesignMinneapolis, MN
Owner Kallie VanOrsdol hand-makes her sustainably focused goods in Minneapolis. By designing stylish, eco-conscious products, she aims to help others reduce their waste and impact on the planet.
Mademoiselle MielSt. Paul, MN
Founder Susan Brown has been working with honey for more than 30 years and has a mission to honor nature’s purity and beauty through chocolate. For her efforts, she was deemed a top 10 chocolatier in North America, Her brand's classic honey bon-bon, which looks like a tiny work of art, is made with honey harvested Minnesota rooftops and 100% pure chocolate.
Maddy & Maize
Maddy & MaizeMinneapolis, MN
Each one of Maddy & Maize's batches of popcorn is made in small quantities in Minnesota to ensure it can live up to the big little word "gourmet." The brand's aim is for each bite to taste as big as 10. No matter the flavor, every bag is free of GMOs, gluten, dyes, and artificial ingredients.
Madhu ChocolateAustin, TX
A namesake of the founder's mother, Madhu Chocolate brings the delightful flavors of India to the chocolate world. Each step of production is done by hand in Austin, all the way from roasting and grinding to flavoring and wrapping. Though it is a labor of love that's heavy on the labor, the brand strives to honor its heritage and family by crafting only the highest-quality bars.
Makabi & Sons
Makabi & SonsLos Angeles, CA
Makabi & Sons was launched in 2019 in Los Angeles as a way for exploratory foodies to experience new flavors from all corners of the world. Founder Eiman Behmanesh loved checking out new restaurants around the city with his friends, particularly ethnic cuisines, and decided to channel into a business his love for the desserts he discovered. With a keen skill for concocting globally inspired tastes, he creates iconic shortbread cookies and infused honeys that are as delicious as they are beautiful.
It all began when Laura, a Culinary Institute of America grad, was working as a research and development chef in New York and came up with a magenta, tangy-sweet, raspberry-hibiscus marshmallow and sandwiched it between two dark chocolate shortbread cookies. Her husband Paris suggested they call the marshmallow-cookie sandwich a "Malvi," short for “malvavisco” - marshmallow in Spanish. Now, that creation has blossomed into a business with funding from a Kickstarter campaign.
Manhattan ToyMinneapolis, MN
Manhattan Toy Company was founded in 1978 by Francis Goldwyn. Featuring a unique style of intentionally under-stuffed plush toys, he achieved tremendous success selling them through Neiman Marcus, F.A.O. Schwartz, and the MoMA gift shops. Although he eventually sold the company, the new owners hold the same belief that we are deeply influenced by what we play with growing up, and they seek to bring the highest-quality heritage toys to children everywhere.
Matr BoomieAustin, TX
Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection that blends the traditional art forms of India with timeless and modern design aesthetics. They partner with over 1,500 artisans in marginalized communities throughout India to create economic and sustainable living opportunities. All Matr Boomie’s products are made of ethically sourced materials and handcrafted with love by local artisans.
Mayana ChocolateSpooner, WI
Award-winning Chef Daniel Herskovic uses the best and freshest ingredients to create an uncommonly luxurious chocolate product. All Mayana confections feature only organic cream, pure ingredients, and never any extracts. Supporting its craftsman approach, the brand's packaging pays homage to the lush chocolate growing regions.
Minnetonka MoccasinsMinneapolis, MN
Minnetonka Moccasins is a fourth-generation, family-run business dedicated to uncompromising craftsmanship. A staple in American style and culture, the brand uses the finest quality materials and is committed to sustainable employment practices that ensure it will produce moccasins for generations to come.
Mixly Cocktail Co.
Mixly Cocktail Co.Minneapolis, MN
Mixly Cocktail Co. was started by a group of friends that believes the key to a fantastic cocktail is fresh, quality ingredients. After struggling to find worthy mixers in the market, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Through extensive experimentation in the kitchen, the pals finally perfected a range of unique mixers that feature only real fruit juice they squeeze themselves and just a dash of honey.
MomentNew York, NY
Moment was founded by Aisha Chottani and Faheem Kajee, two busy bodies seeking to harness some of the power of a meditation practice - without the challenge. After researching hundreds of healthy ingredients from across the globe, they formulated the perfect drink that embodies the feeling of meditation. The beverage will help you feel good, and it'll calm your mind to know the brand donates 1% of sales to fund mindfulness programs in schools.
Mother & Mai
Mother & MaiMinneapolis, MN
Mother & Mai started as a solution to overcome the exorbitant cost of childcare. Despite having decent jobs, founders Monique and Michael Thomas found the monthly rate for their daughter's daycare was still putting them in the red financially, so they set out to do something about it. By launching Mother & Mai, they not only get to bring wonderful products to others, but one of them also gets to stay home with their daughter. To pay it forward, they donate a percentage of sales to help parents in need offset childcare expenses.
Mother MotherLos Angeles, CA
Owned and operated by a mother, this brand has all of the essentials to help with a birth journey. From pregnancy to postpartum care, its array of products helps nurture both mama and baby, and it uses only eco-conscious and non-toxic ingredients and materials.
Natural OliveWoodNew York, NY
Natural OliveWood is a family-owned business that handcrafts kitchenware from non-productive olive trees. Born and raised in Sfax, Tunisia, brothers Hatem and Walid Alimi learned the art of carving the trunks of olive trees as children. Today, the Alimi brothers (and family) produce naturally beautiful kitchen products, all boasting the distinct swirling patterns of the trees’ twisted trunks
Naturally Dyed Goods
Naturally Dyed GoodsStillwater, MN
Owner Mykala Micek uses all-natural ingredients like hibiscus, avocado, matcha, marigold, and madder root to hand-dye her products. She’s expanded her assortment to silk hair ties, soft organic scarves, scrunchies, lavender eye pillows, and net totes, and has been featured in Vogue and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
Nicolletos Pasta Co.
Nicolletos Pasta Co.Nashville, TN
Partners from birth, the Nicoletto brothers spent the better part of their late teens and early twenties playing rock and roll across America. After losing their father, the brothers began working on their next dream together: A small, pasta-focused restaurant in their now shared adoptive home of Nashville, TN. Now, the brothers specialize in fresh pasta, high-quality bronze cut dried pasta, and other fast-casual Italian staples at their two Nicolletos locations.
Nopalera Co.Brooklyn, NY
Nopalera was founded to elevate and celebrate Latinx culture. Leveraging the power of the native nopal cactus, its products are as sustainable as they are nourishing. The brand uses the highest-quality ingredients that nature has to offer.
Not Just Co.
Not Just Co.Somerville, MA
Not Just Co. creates modern pantry staples as dynamic as you are! Their delicious, modern, multi-purpose pantry staples are designed to help busy families get dinner done. Not Just Co. takes the stress out of weeknight dinners with products made with only real, chef-quality, wholesome ingredients.
Old Mill Candles
Old Mill CandlesBarrett, MN
Sourced from the family’s fourth-generation, organically managed farm in Minnesota, the brand's beeswax is 100% pure without artificial colors or fragrance. Did you know beeswax candles burn significantly longer (and cleaner) than standard paraffin candles?
Oliver Pluff & Co.
Oliver Pluff & Co.Charleston, SC
Oliver Pluff is an all-American company founded by Air Force veteran Darren Hartford. After serving for 28 years and experiencing different tea and coffee cultures across the globe, he set out to preserve the same tradition that spans U.S. history. He and his team honor and preserve these cultural staples through their superior blends and educational resources.
Occo Spice makes it a cinch to get a pinch. They package micro-portions of high-quality spices into recyclable aluminum pods, so home chefs can get the exact amount of spice they need to try any recipe.
After founder Claudia Fierro-Poppen discovered her oldest son was anaphylactic to nuts and tree nuts, she found a lack of snacks that were nutritious, delicious, and still safe for her kids. She started making Ommie bars from her home kitchen, then felt inspired to help other families have access to snacks made with simple ingredients and a whole lot of love.
OmsomNew York, NY
Omsom is a Vietnamese phrase meaning noisy and rambunctious. Vanessa and Kim Pham, the sisters and co-founders behind Omsom, embrace this rowdy spirit proudly. They’re daughters of Vietnamese refugees who grew up watching their Mẹ cook Viet dinners from scratch every night. They started Omsom to bring proud, loud Asian flavors to everyone’s fingertips any day of the week.
Paine ProductsAuburn, ME
Family-owned since 1931, Paine Products makes all-natural balsam, pine, and cedar incense from its Maine facility. Using balsam from local woodsmen, the brand grounds and dries the branches, then presses them into incense molds. The result? A natural and nostalgic aroma.
PARCH founders Rodolfo Aldana & Ila Byrne believe everyone deserves great tasting, carefully crafted, complex beverages. They created PARCH as a refreshing alternative to alcohol by replacing ethanol with active adaptogens for a healthier approach to stress relief, indulgence, and enjoyment. All their products are 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and vegan. Conscientiously crafted in harmony with the Sonoran Desert.
Pebble is a fair trade children’s accessories brand and a guaranteed member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Each Pebble toy is lovingly handmade by artisans in Bangladesh with a gorgeous, contemporary design.
Pepper NectarFort Meyers, FL
Rachell White, the founder of Pepper Nectar, is passionate about craft hot sauces made with the most mindful ingredients. Pepper Nectar's mission is to produce on-trend sauces that deliver the perfect balance of heat and flavor. Fresh whole ingredients, limited salt & vinegar, zero refined cane sugar, and ingredients such as Urfa Biber pepper and coconut blossom nectar make Pepper Nectar brand sauces a breath of modern air.
Pholk BeautyJersey City, NJ
After concocting her own skincare elixirs as she pursued her doctorate in London, Niambi Cacchioli launched Pholk Beauty in 2018 to carry on the nourishing rituals of her kin to make vegan, natural beauty products more accessible to people of color. Using locally sourced ingredients and herbalist wisdom passed down through the generations, she continues to build her beauty brand on the core principle that we should treat ourselves and our skin with kindness.
Pineapple CollaborativeWashington D.C.
Pineapple Collaborative started in 2015 as a simple potluck dinner between friends. As their momentum grew, the potluck crew eventually became the Pineapple Collaborative hosting events across the country and online. Pineapple Collaborative uses their buying power to support exceptional women farmers, creatives, producers, leaders, and chefs. Their pantry staples are sustainably harvested from Californian crops, thoughtfully crafted in small batches. No weird stuff added ever!
Pocket LatteMonrovia, CA
Chris Young says his mother is the reason Pocket Latte exists. Chris’s mom was a single mother who spoke little English and often worked two jobs to put food on the table. When Chris grew up, he decided he wanted to create a company where his mother could thrive and fully express her artistic passion. When he developed the all-natural recipe for Pocket Latte, he knew this was the venture he wanted to start with his mom by his side. Proudly AAPI-owned.
PoketoLos Angeles, CA
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung founded Poketo in 2003 as a small start-up and lifestyle brand. Now, they're an innovation hub and online destination, and they continue to produce collections of design-conscious goods that cultivate a creative way of life.
Portage NotebooksBedford Heights, OH
This brand originally started out by providing newspaper supplies to northeast Ohio businesses in 1955. The brand was revitalized in 2016 when the new owners began bringing a wide variety of paper products back to their state.
Potter's CrackersMadison, WI
One of Minny & Paul's very first products sourced from across the Mississippi. Back in 2006, Peter Potter Weber and his mom Nancy Potter saw the specialty cheese industry in Wisconsin exploding with exceptional options and no deserving cracker to accompany them. They combined their passion for good food to make a cracker that truly delivers the flavors of Wisconsin. Potters’ whole grain, handmade crackers, crisps, and oysters are produced with locally sourced whole wheat flour, milk, and butter.
Q's NutsBoston, MA
Q’s Nuts is a family-owned and operated artisan nut company started in 2000 by husband-and-wife team Beth and Brian “Q” Quinn. The brand continues to grow under the philosophy that high-quality ingredients, a love of good food, and a passion for creating in the kitchen will produce some of the best tasting nut roasts around.
Ranger Chocolate Co.
Ranger Chocolate Co.Portland, OR
This brand has been crafting chocolates and goodies from ethically sourced organic cacao and other fine ingredients since 2013 in the Pacific Northwest.
Rapha FarmsRockford, MN
Mother-daughter duo, Karen and Sarah, seek to support others’ holistic wellness journeys with their natural products. A 4.5 acre homestead specializing in sustainably made goat milk goods, Rapha Farms products are both natural and nourishing.
Righteous FelonWest Chester, PA
With one of the funniest origin stories out there, Righteous Felon started with a group of 11-year-old friends experimenting with homemade beef jerky and has since grown into one of the region’s fastest growing businesses thanks to their commitment to quality ingredients and unique recipes. From their branding to their flavors, each element is non-traditional and yet completely captivating.
Riley/Land CollectionSmyrna, TN
Born and raised on a small farm in rural Tennessee, founder Joseph Riley Land grew up "organic" way, far before it was a buzzword. After building a successful career with management roles at companies like Williams-Sonoma, Godiva, and Pollen Nation, Joseph decided to marry his experience with luxury lifestyle brands with his rustic childhood. He continues to grow his brand as an industry tastemaker, creating exquisite fine foods and homewares.
River Birch Candles
River Birch CandlesDallas, TX
River Birch Candles was founded by high school sweethearts Shane and Erica Washington. When the pair discovered that most candles were toxic to them and their pets, they decided to take action, they crafted a candle made of 100% soy wax, natural fragrances, and cotton wicks, but they didn’t stop there! River Birch also donates one meal for each candle sold through Feeding America.
Roseline's CandlesMinneapolis, MN
Founder Roseline Friedrich's journey began with an Airbnb stay in 2019. After choosing candlemaking as her local experience offered by the host, she realized how therapeutic and fun the process was. What started as a hobby has since manifested into a flourishing business thanks to her passion for creating, sustainable production model, and uncompromising ethics.
Sylvia Andrews is a serial entrepreneur, proud mother, and founder of the Safésha company and product line. She first became interested in natural and green products over a decade ago, and quickly realized that there were no natural, moisturizing hand sanitizers available. After years of research and product development, she launched her creation and is fiercely proud of having turned her dream into a tangible product that she can share with others.
Scout MustardCedarburg, WI
Scout set out to become your go-to mustard spread in a condiment category they feel has been historically overlooked. The Wisconsin-made product goes with everything from burgers to oysters, and will add a real punch to your next charcuterie board.
Seattle ChocolateSeattle, WA
Seattle Chocolate Company began in 1991, creating signature meltaway truffles and truffle bars in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. When the original factory was destroyed by the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001, entrepreneur and investor Jean Thompson decided to take on the challenge of becoming the new CEO. Not only did she bring color, whimsy, and a keen eye for marketing, she also infused her values into the brand. Today, Seattle Chocolate Co. is proud to use only Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa and to also donate a portion of their profits to The Pink Umbrella Fund to combat hunger in the US.
Serious JamSt. Paul, MN
After nearly two decades as an award-winning florist, Heidi Skoog swapped blooms for an apron to pursue her passion for food. A self-taught jam-maker, she combines traditional methods and a flair for experimenting with flavor combinations to create unexpected blends, such as Blueberry Bourbon Sage, Chai Spiced Pear Butter, and Meyer Lemon Earl Grey Marmalade.
Shop Wit & Delight
Shop Wit & DelightMinneapolis, MN
Founded by local lifestyle blogger and artist Kate Arends, Wit & Delight creates products designed for a life well lived. Her products are as beautiful as they are functional. With a massive following on Pinterest and Instagram, Kate inspires through her writing, fashion, illustration, home decor and design.
SHōRGrand Rapids, MN
SHōR was founded by a husband and wife team in Northern Minnesota. Their family loves water and wanted to do their part in keeping shores plastic-free. This dynamic duo hand makes their beeswax wraps that not only add beauty to any kitchen, but also help reduce waste in our environment.
SK CoffeeSt. Paul, MN
Trained as a professional musician, Sam Kjellberg’s roasting obsession started at home on his stove with only a Jiffy Pop popcorn roaster before he upgraded to a 500 pound roasting machine. Together with now CFO Nate Broadbridge, Kjellberg launched SK Coffee to explore and share single-origin coffee through four flavor categories: SMOOTH, BOLD, SWEET, and UNIQUE.
SmplNew York City, NY
At age 23, Ellis Fried wanted a healthier snack option, so he set out to create one. After years of obsessive research and hundreds of recipes, he and his team created the snack they’d always wanted — ridiculously delicious, ready-to-eat bars with effective levels of superfoods, adaptogens, and botanicals combined to provide an edge in life.
Sofia's CookiesDeephaven, MN
Sofia’s Cookies designs and bake unique canisters of cookies, trail mix, and more sweet treats. They have been baking and roasting for over 30 years using only wholesome ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial flavors.
Someday StudioClinton, Massachusetts
Every “Someday…” starts with a dream. Someday Studio’s began a few years ago when two sisters-in-law were both hired to brand and establish a new boutique stationery line as part of their nine-to-five. It was there that they discovered a passion for creating products that not only made life more beautiful but also made it a helluva lot easier. Shanleigh Heelan (left-handed) and Mary Catherine Garvey (also left-handed) decided to turn “someday” into “today” and launched their own line of stationery in 2020
Søul ChaiPortland, OR
Founders Sally, Viviana, and Esar leveraged their backgrounds in specialty coffee to bring the tradition of Indian chai to people everywhere. With production methods focused on balance, reducing waste, and shelf-life, they honor this multicultural staple by foregoing the overly sweet recipes found in mass production concentrates, instead supplying vibrant blends rooted in authenticity.
Spoonful of Faith
Spoonful of FaithMinneapolis, MN
Known for her warm, joyful drawings of women, mothers, florals, and hand lettered inspirational quotes Jena Holliday is a local illustrator, author, and creative mama from Minnesota. She loves to dream big and spend her days crafting whimsical illustrations and uplifting designs. Her work is inspired by growing up surrounded by women (4 sisters!), the diversity of people in our world, honest motherhood, and her walk of faith.
Sted FoodsFergus Falls, MN
Sted believes that chocolate is more than just a sweet treat - it's a way to connect with the people and places that matter most. The brand's award-winning bean-to-bar chocolates are crafted using only the finest fair trade cacao and are certified USDA Organic. Each bar is made in small batches at their family-owned chocolate factory.
Stella Moon Co.
Stella Moon Co.Marietta, GA
Zoe Howe, founder of Stella Moon Co., is a mama herself. Navigating life after her son's passing is what ultimately led her to Stella Moon Co. Finding joy in all the baby things, she wants to be a part of every mom's excitement into motherhood! With a passion to bring only the best quality products to her customers, you can rest assured that your baby is safe using all Stella Moon products.
Stockholm PotteryStockholm, WI
Diane has been making pottery from her home studio since 1980 and ran her own pottery store, Stockholm Pottery and Mercantile for 25 years. She is now "semi-retired" but still enjoys making pottery and working on her native plant gardens.
Sunleaf NaturalsWaconia, MN
This family-owned and operated business may be based out of Waconia, MN, but their business practices have a greater impact beyond just the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Sunleaf is committed to protecting freshwater resources and pollinators, and creates their all-natural products with these values at their core. Through thoughtful production that uses very little water, they create their goods without synthetic preservatives, fragrances, or chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life and pollinators. The best part: 5% of their profits are donated to conservation efforts.
Sweet Jules Gifts
Sweet Jules GiftsMinnetonka, MN
With over 50 years of professional cooking experience between them, sisters Jule Vranian and Hope Klocker are particular about what they produce. Growing up in a restaurant family, there were no better teachers than a large family of expert chefs and serious foodies. Their award-winning caramels are the product of many years of testing, family critiquing, loving encouragement, and high expectations.
With nearly a decade of industry experience, founder Allison DeVane used her barista knowledge to launch a fresh new concept in the beverage space: tea that brews like coffee. With humble beginnings pedaling a cart around downtown Phoenix, Teaspressa had a breakthrough after landing the opportunity to pitch Shark Tank. While they have grown tremendously since then, they stay true to their values of self-innovation, authentic ingredients, and social integrity.
The Get Down Coffee Co.
The Get Down Coffee Co.Minneapolis, MN
The Get Down Coffee Co. is a BIPOC-owned collaboration between Houston, founder of HWMR and the Houston White brand of lifestyle goods, and Dan, founder of Dogwood Coffee Co. The pair are on a mission to make specialty coffee more welcoming and diverse. As part of that goal, The Get Down Coffee Co. has a two-year plan to not only build its own roasting facility in North Minneapolis but to build its own coffee shop there too.
The Good Card
The Good CardGuelph, Ontario
Owner and founder Ashley started The Good Card with the simple idea that giving and receiving cards could become even more beautiful. She was influenced by her love of cards, flowers, and everything handmade (even her Nana makes her own cards, so it might be a genetic trait). By planting these cards in the soil, beautiful wildflowers will grow and give new life to your thoughtful sentiments.
Thumbs CookiesMinneapolis, MN
Robyn Frank launched Thumbs Cookies out of her apartment in Brooklyn, NYC in 2012 and moved the operation back home to MN in 2014. A treasured family recipe passed down from her mom, Barb, these adorable mini cookies melt in your mouth and are seriously delicious. Be warned, they are incredibly addictive.
Trade Street Jam Co.
Trade Street Jam Co.Brooklyn, NY
Trade St. Jam Co. is a chef, woman and minority-owned and certified business that started in a tiny apartment in North Carolina on Trade Street. Their passion for all things food grew into something more: a company built on the foundation of culinary innovation. They share their 10+ years of culinary knowledge in the form of a versatile small batch jar that can be used in cocktails, salad dressings, BBQ sauces, marinades, and more.
Trail ButterSisters, OR
The Boggess brothers are lifetime adventurers who founded Trail Butter. Since Day 1, their mission was to create delicious, all-natural snacks that provide balanced, slow-burning energy in a convenient, portable package, all while using only unprocessed, whole-food ingredients.
True HueMinneapolis, MN
True Hue was founded in 2016 by designer Griffin Overbye with the belief that what you surround yourself with should be ethically-formulated, sourced, and produced. Their candles and sprays incorporate a beautiful Scandinavian aesthetic, inspired by the natural landscape of Minnesota. Not only are the stylish, they are also clean and sustainable, so you can feel good about bringing them into your home or office.
Twin Engine Coffee
Twin Engine CoffeeLeón, Nicaragua
Twin Engine Coffee is partnering, growing, selecting, roasting, and packing delicious single-origin coffees right at the source in the heart of Nicaragua. A simple shift to the source means that you can enjoy better coffee that contributes maximum resources to stop poverty locally. In fact, their practices create 400% more value in their origin communities than Fair Trade standards, and they do so with environmentally sustainable methods.
United GoodsMinneapolis, MN
United Goods' founder and CEO Christy Johnson has worked as a graphic designer and artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2003. She's loved to draw since she was a kid, and over time developed a unique illustration style. Christy creates minimalistic, tiny graphic prints that celebrate U.S. landmarks and the memories they invoke in people.
WAAM IndustriesSt. Louis Park, MN
Founders Andrew and Hanna Vomhof design and create products in lumber and textile in their Twin Cities-based shop. Inspired by vintage finds, flea markets, and classic roadside garage sales, WAAM produces simple utilitarian objects that play an important role in everyday life but are often overlooked.
Wacks Co.Minneapolis, MN
Kelsey Johnston and Michael Carlson formulate all of their essential oil scents and soy-coconut wax blends in-house, carefully concocting with plant-based materials to create a good, clean burn. As huge print and design enthusiasts, they care about how their product looks almost as much as how it smells. They strive to melt the boundary between art and object through their packaging and print all of their labels in their studio using letterpress, riso, and ink jet techniques.
Well Rooted Teas
Well Rooted TeasMinneapolis, MN
Well Rooted Teas are loose-leaf herbal teas crafted with plants from local organic farmers blended with foraged botanicals native to our region. These infusions of herbs, roots, leaves, fruits and berries nourish the body and are grown and harvested in a manner which promotes the health of our environment. The ingredients are grown by local farmers or foraged with permission from private lands and according to wildcrafting sustainability guidelines.
Wild CountryLutsen, MN
Michael and Carrie Baker were frequent visitors to Minnesota’s North Shore when one trip in 2015 changed their lives forever. After happening upon a “for sale” sign at Wild Country, they took a leap of faith and decided to move from the Twin Cities to pursue a new lifestyle. Years later, they’ve honed the craft of syrup making and are continuing to share this natural sweetener with fans across the US.
Wild PerlaSt. Paul, MN
Wild Perla was born out of founder Maggie’s deep love of making and creating. Despite any formal training in illustration, Maggie always dreamed of starting a line of printed goods. Her works are inspired by Minnesota’s rich Scandinavian culture and prairie life.
Willa's ShortbreadGoodlettsville, TN
For more than 30 years, the namesake of Willa’s Shortbread produced the finest cookies using traditional southern recipes in North Carolina. In 2006, she passed the reins to the Rion family, who relocated the bakery to Tennessee. Today, Willa’s famous shortbread is still made by hand in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. The brand uses only the finest, all-natural ingredients and never adds preservatives or artificial flavorings.
Wood Stove Kitchen
Wood Stove KitchenPortsmouth, NH
After living on more than four continents with humanitarian aid agencies, Wood Stove Kitchen's founder, Steve, decided to bring the distinctive spices and flavors he experienced on his travels to market. The results are delicious, sophisticated, and fun flavor combinations designed to wow and delight.
WoodchuckSt. Paul, MN
Woodchuck was founded with a simple mission of putting nature back into people’s lives by creating beautiful real wood products. With every product sold, Woodchuck plants a tree in an effort to make the world better for future generations!
Worker BMinneapolis, MN
By harnessing the potency of bee-created ingredients straight from the hive, Worker B has crafted the very best of what nature, and the bees, have to offer. Featured in some impressive press like Oprah Magazine, the LA Times, InStyle and Huffpost to name a few, Worker B is on a mission to share the power of bees.
Yes Cocktail Co.
Yes Cocktail Co.Paso Robles, CA
The couple behind Yes Cocktail Company, Lauren and Brandon, drew inspiration from their travels abroad to launch their business. After returning home, they were unimpressed with the commonplace corn syrup-based products and decided to make their own. They believe that the best cocktails start with the best ingredients and use 100% all-natural fruits, herbs, botanicals, and spices to create their craft cocktail supplies.
Zulay KitchenClearwater, FL
Aaron and Whitney Cordovez created Zulay Kitchen to make shopping easier than ever in today's busy world. The company is named after Aaron’sextraordinary mother, Zulay. Raised in poverty-stricken Venezuela, Zulay worked against all odds to bring Aaron and his brother to live in the US. As a single mother, Zulay worked extra-long hours but still found time to cook healthy meals for her family. Zulay Kitchen aims to bring that same love into everyone’s kitchen.
YamLong Island City, NY
Founded by Morgan Thomas, Yam is a handmade, made-to-order jewelry brand based in Long Island City, NY. The brand embraces vintage silhouettes and feel-good details like recycled metals and deadstock materials. All outside production and materials come from small family-owned vendors. Yam is an ode to Morgan’s late mother, Gisele Thomas.
YieldSt. Augustine, Florida
YIELD lives at the intersection of functionality and elegance, of high-end design and accessibility. YIELD's broad product line is designed by founders Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming. The line is unified through an uncompromising approach to craft, thoughtful production, and a design language that is at once distinctive, understated, and livable.