Why are chocolate caramel brownies leading off a story about sea salt? It's because Outer Banks SeaSalt sprinkles its product on the top, then uses the brownies to show what that salt can add.
6/19/2013 - By: Richard Green
In a small shop in Spartanburg, Nick Belmont makes almond chocolate toffee—toffee, not taffy.
6/12/2013 - By: Richard Green
The scene at Boxman Studios in Charlotte is quite often workers swarming over old shipping containers and transforming them into something useful. These units are then stacked atop each other, ending up as meeting space.
6/5/2013 - By: Richard Green
Every day that the shop is open, SweetCakes in Cornelius offers 12 to 15 flavors of cupcakes. The first attempt with these was a simple banana cupcake, but it needed something else.
5/29/2013 - By: Richard Green
There’s always an audience in the home workshop where Colin Richmond makes Colin’s Creatures. The creatures that haven’t been sold or shipped yet line the shelves and seemingly look on while more figures are crafted and added to their ranks.
5/22/2013 - By: Richard Green
When she interviewed to gain acceptance to North Carolina State’s School of Design, Charlotte Guice wore a Wolfpack skirt that she created. Charlotte earned her place at the School of Design and that skirt turned out to be the springboard off of which she has formed her own clothing and accessory company.
5/16/2013 - By: Richard Green
When she interviewed to gain acceptance to N.C. State’s College of Design, Charlotte Guice wore a Wolfpack skirt that she created. Charlotte earned her place at the design school and that skirt turned out to be the springboard off of which she has formed her own clothing and accessory company.
5/15/2013 - By: Richard Green
When she first committed to making her living as an artist, Marquin Campbell struggled in New York City. It was a move away from the Big Apple to Greenville, South Carolina that allowed Marquin to flourish.
5/9/2013 - By: Richard Green
The Old Wood Company has gained a reputation far from its headquarters in Asheville. A table, for instance, was made for a law firm in Red Lodge, Montana.
5/2/2013 - By: Richard Green
For Whitney Robinson and her Freshly Given fashion line, the roses made of leather have always been the most popular items that she sells. Whitney earned a computer science degree from Duke University, but wasn’t thrilled with where that was taking her.
4/25/2013 - By: Richard Green
Dottie Mabry of Norwood might never have picked up crocheting if she hadn’t been bitten by a copperhead about seven years ago.
4/18/2013 - By: Richard Green
The interesting thing about when creative people open a doughnut shop is there are no limits. For instance, Moriarty’s Monuts Donuts in Durham produces flavors such as chocolate earl grey, maple bacon bourbon and coconut dream.
4/10/2013 - By: Richard Green
Marisol Spoon is a company spawned by a book that hasn’t even been written. Lauren Weatherspoon paints portraits of girls with animals and girls possessing animal traits.
4/3/2013 - By: Richard Green
There are certain steps that are taken to turn raw material into a knife. Beyond that, there are additional considerations when making a tool suitable for a professional chef.
3/27/2013 - By: Richard Green
Even under the best of circumstances, it will take a month for John Montgomery to make a violin. The work takes precision and patience.
3/20/2013 - By: Richard Green
Shelli Worley was aiming toward the day when she would quit her job and devote all of her time to her lighting business. Turns out, she never had to make the often difficult decision to resign and it was made for her.
3/13/2013 - By: Richard Green
McCoyToys Of Asheboro has a full line-up of products. From various pull toys for young kids, to games like checkers for the older crowd. There’s the climbing bear, the spinning top and the ancient 'Jacob’s Ladder.'
3/6/2013 - By: Richard Green
Different bags and different styles, all from the Ella Vickers Recycled Sailcloth Collection.
2/27/2013 - By: Richard Green
There are gardens all over the southeast and plenty right around Charleston. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens there is the oldest, still privately owned by the Drayton Family, 13 generations and more than 300 years after it was established.
2/27/2013 - By: Richard Green
A modest porch swing led to the creation of a successful business. Brent McHenry made it for his wife, then neighbors requested that he make one for them.
2/20/2013 - By: Richard Green
Imagine this, a ticket to see a movie: $4.00. Popcorn and a drink: $3.50. Those are the deals at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis.
2/14/2013 - By: Richard Green
North Carolina produces plenty of pottery and ceramics, so the trick is to create a hook that makes your operation stand out. Part of that for Mark Warren and Chris Pence is the name: HAAND.
2/13/2013 - By: Richard Green
In 1917, 17-year-old Leon Capel founded Capel Rugs in Troy, N.C. Nearly 100 years later, the company still makes rugs and Leon's grandchildren are in charge.
1/30/2013 - By: Richard Green
Mitzy Jonkheer is a metalsmith in Wilmington. A metalsmith is different than a jeweler. They create pieces from scratch from raw metals and stones. There is hammering and sawing and soldering.
1/16/2013 - By: Richard Green
Highland brewing company brews and sells about 30,000 barrels of beer each year. In 1994, few companies were brewing beer in North Carolina and Highland became the first brewery in Asheville.
1/9/2013 - By: Richard Green
It’s one of the most important decisions a company ever makes, what to call itself. Originally, Randy Ashton decided upon “Green Collar” for his clothing line.
1/2/2013 - By: Richard Green
Richard Green has the story of Jenny Fulton and her business partner, Ashlee Furr, who rose up from the ranks of the unemployed and started a successful pickle business in Kernersville. Miss Jenny's pickles are growing in popularity and are sold around the world.
12/26/2012 - By: Richard Green
In Pittsboro, Starrlight Mead operates as one of the two meaderies in North Carolina. Many people have heard of mead. But few understand that it's more closely related to wine than beer and while traditional mead is sweet, modern mead can also be on the dry side.
12/19/2012 - By: Richard Green
In a shop down in the basement of his home in Lenoir, Kevin Caldwell takes strips of wood and makes rings. It’s a skill he has developed over the past couple of years.
12/12/2012 - By: Richard Green
For more than 30 years, Mike Licciardello has been devoted to fragrance. More specifically, that devotion has been to combining numerous elements to create scents that will emanate from candles.
11/28/2012 - By: Richard Green
Jesse Conner took up fly fishing on streams in western North Carolina about 15 years ago. Like most he found that mastering the technique of casting was not just a challenge. But attempting to do so proved addictive. The feel was so special that he learned to make them. A year ago, he established that as his full-time business.
11/21/2012 - By: Richard Green
Setting up a business making leather bags and other items might not have been the path that Alisha Payne would have chosen but it’s where circumstances led her.
11/14/2012 - By: Richard Green
In a workshop in Asheville, Adam Masters has developed a new way of traveling on water. His design is a new take on the kayak.
10/31/2012 - By: Richard Green
Those who have been around North Carolina for any length of time at all have encountered a William Mangum watercolor. The Greensboro artist paints scenes from all over the state.
10/17/2012 - By: Richard Green
Castles Couture in Wilmington is turning out fashions designed to make people take notice.
The line sells in a number of regional boutiques, online to people across the U.S. and, surprisingly, to a lot of customers in Canada.
10/3/2012 - By: Richard Green
Michelle Smith of Raleigh leads a creative life. Both her grandfather and grandmother were painters and Michelle inherited their artistic abilities. She began by putting those abilities to work for herself.
9/26/2012 - By: Richard Green
Nye’s Cream Sandwiches in Wilmington was born from the desire of one of Christian Nye’s sons to have ice cream sandwiches for his birthday party. The sandwiches created by the trained chef were such a hit that Christian and his wife, Kelly, looked into starting a business. As it turned out, there weren’t that many high-quality ice cream sandwiches on the market.
9/21/2012 - By: Richard Green
Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston dates back to the 1850’s. It’s the sort of place to which photographer Julia Cart is drawn. At a time when seemingly every photographer has gone digital, Cart captures images with box cameras.
9/12/2012 - By: Richard Green
With the Democratic National Convention coming to town, officials with Charlotte in 2012 called on several local production companies to produce a total of 30 short videos. All together the videos are known as Carolina Stories.
9/5/2012 - By: Richard Green
Charlotte’s creative community has put in a lot of time getting ready for the DNC. Dancers will take their talents to the street in spontaneous performances next week.
8/29/2012 - By: Richard Green