Aunt Lizzie’s Cheese Straws
Cheese lovers in search of a product that doesn’t offer the unnatural neon tinge and foamy taste of commercial snacks need look no further than Aunt Lizzie’s Cheese Straws. Now in her 30th year of business, owner Ann Randalls preserved and perfected her mother’s recipe for an old family favorite and generously took to manufacturing it for the masses. Randalls’ product is made exclusively in her Bluff City bakery using all-natural sharp cheddar with no preservatives, coloring or artificial flavors. This dinner party favorite comes in several varieties including jalapeño, tomato and low-carb.
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Feature | August 2013
With more than a decade of design and pattern expertise, Elizabeth Holliday, owner and designer of DeNovo Style, creates beautiful coats from pattern to finish. Originally from San Francisco, Holliday started her company in 2001, and continued to increase focus on outerwear when she moved to Memphis in 2007. Enjoying every minute of the design process, Holliday personally tries out each piece for insight into fit, functionality and the overall aesthetic quality of each style. Fabrics and closures are carefully hand picked by Holliday, then sewn with meticulous detail. While Holliday admits she does work with a small sewing house in Los Angeles, she does make a significant number of coats with the help she has in Memphis and continues to do a lot of the sewing herself — especially on her custom design and custom fit orders. Today, the DeNovo line can be found in stores all over the country from San Francsico to Chicago, Pasadena to Suthampton, New York to Philadelphia. To purchase a coat visit the website denovostyle.com or shop online at denovostyle.etsy.com
Iron Dawg Metal
Iron Dawg Metal based in Amory, Mississippi features a line of handcrafted and emblematic pieces, perfect for showcasing Bulldog pride. Perfect for a wall hanging or tailgating function, these iconic works display many of the symbols that have made MSU a highly recognizable part of the history of college athletics.
Jason Coleman’s farmtables
Hernando resident Jason Coleman’s craftsmanship is present in several local banks, restaurants and homes in the form of custom-made farm tables. These sturdy dining room tables are handmade from the sides of old barns, many of which Coleman deconstructs himself. Unlike most cherrywood or oak tables, Coleman’s tables are made from hardy barnyard cypress that doesn’t rot and can potentially last for generations. In addition to dining room tables, he also crafts custom pieces designed specifically to hold the infamous Big Green Egg ceramic grills, perfect for the barbecue enthusiast.
Curtis Taylor Birdhouses
What began as a church fundraising effort seven years ago has become an ongoing passion for Byhalia craftsman Curtis Taylor. Using discarded cedar fencing and a variety of other found materials, Taylor produces high-quality and intricately detailed birdhouses that have quickly become the envy of every avian in the county. He spends the winter months of every year devising and assembling an array of birdhouses based on iconic local landmarks such as the Hernando water tower and several local diners, municipal buildings and gas stations. Taylor has been known to take commissions and his intricately detailed works recreate his subjects to the smallest degree, from slightly discolored bricks to the type of cars usually parked outside an establishment. He produces a number of houses geared toward sparrows, chickadees and wrens, as well as larger, bluebird-specific lodging and even a few bat nesting hideaways.
Al Hambelin’s custom Duck Calls
Al Hamberlin of Paleo River Duck Calls has broken the mold with his exclusive line of individually handcrafted custom duck calls. Built in the Mississippi Delta, these one of a kind calls are made of trophy deer antlers, giving them a unique look and feel where no two calls are alike. Single and double-reed designs are available.
Heart of Eden Soaps
The healing properties of goat’s milk have been shown to be just the soothing touch needed for delicate skin. These are true lye soaps that don’t use any petroleum or artificial dyes and no two bars are alike, but all are smooth and colorful, each one bearing a unique marble look. They are lightly scented and handmade, as part of a line of products from Daily Blessings Farm in Hernando. Heart of Eden blends a variety of natural oils to produce a number of unique fragrances, from cranberry to cashmere and even a special formula for gardeners and hunters that replicates the distinct aroma of Mississippi dirt.
St. Blues Guitars
St. Blues Guitar Workshop is located right in the heart of the blues Mecca of Downtown Memphis. True bluesmen know the St. Blues name, as veteran pickers and enterprising strummers alike have been drawn to these top-quality handcrafted guitars. The sounds from the stings of original St. Blues guitars echo throughout the halls of juke joints and stadiums nationwide and have been held by the likes of Eric Clapton, Albert King, Bono and Billy Gibbons. The workshop also crafts a line of custom cigar box guitars, which produce a one-of-a-kind sounds that replicate the rhythm of legendary blues guitarists like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Harry Manx and Tom Waits.
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