This month, we celebrate our state’s most brilliant minds and talented artisans. We have visited Birmingham’s boutiques and shops to find the best Alabama-made items, from art, food and jewelry to furniture, books and leather goods. Get ready to feel a swell of pride for the Heart of Dixie, as you peruse these fabulous Alabama-made March FINDS!
(And, remember, it’s Super Tuesday. VOTE. Okay, now back to our regular scheduled programming … )
Amy Collins dog painting
Local artist Amy P. Collins’ richly vibrant still lifes, figures, portraits and cow paintings are unforgettable. Chances are you’ve seen her work at a local art festival or at Pepper Place Farmers’ Market. This piece, “Reclining dog in oil,” with its skeletal style and haunting use of negative space, strays from her usual colorful style, but is just as memorable. Find it for $225 at Artists Incorporated Gallery.
Liz Legg agate slices
Liz Legg’s jewelry and art feature the beauty of the earth’s natural stones and fossils. These gorgeous slices of agate stones with their impressive ombre hues are works of art in their own right. Framed, the swirling layers of blue stone are mesmerizing. Find them for $115 per frame at Table Matters.
Caroline Boykin cake platter
Mobile native Caroline Boykin, a talented potter and gifted artist, uses roses as a metaphor for the strength and beauty of women. She crafts each bloom by hand for a look that imbues each piece with a one-of-a-kind charm. Place a simple cake on this gorgeous platter, and top it with fresh flowers for an added wow factor! Find it for $300 at Mulberry Heights Antiques.
Kelly Moffatt portraits by Alabama artists
Kelly Moffatt of Portraits, Inc. represents several Alabama portrait artists. She has more than eight years of experience pairing clients with the perfect portrait artist to fit their style, and the results are stunning. Portrait prices vary according to client specifications. To view a digital portfolio of the artists, visit Kelly Moffatt at Portraits, Inc.
Each piece of Tena Payne’s Earthborn pottery is unique and emulates the beauty of the natural earth, from the Alabama red clay to the glazes that mimic the shades of the oceans, fields and skies. These bowls are a gorgeous addition to any kitchen collection. Find them for $65 each at Bromberg’s.
B. Knight Studio necklaces
These beautiful necklaces, handmade by Sherri Fairbairn of B. Knight Studio, feature 24K gold-edged stone pendants on beaded chains. These elegant pieces can be dressed up along with evening cocktail attire or worn casually with a T-shirt, jeans and boots. Find your favorite B. Knight Studio necklace, ranging from $118 to $228, at Stella Blu.
Kate Morris Jewelry bracelet
This bracelet pair, called the Marla bracelet, is handcrafted by Kate Morris, a Homewood native. The bracelet features marble beads, gold-brushed beads and gold-capped crystal quartz. Wear the piece stacked or one at a time. Find it online for $36 at katemorrisjewelry.com, where you can custom order Kate Morris Jewelry pieces. Or visit South Boutique in Trussville for more Kate Morris jewelry.
Carrie Morrow necklace
This onyx-hued stone necklace, by Alabama jewelry designer Carrie Morrow, has an elegant bohemian edge. Easily dressed up or down, this piece is sure to be a staple in your jewelry box. Find it for $188 at Village Sportswear.
FOR YOUR BELLY
Merry Cheese Crisps
These scrumptious cheese straws are made right here in Birmingham by Meredith McMillan. She uses a top-secret, high-quality cheese, and once you crunch into one of these melt-in-your-mouth delights with a subtle note of spice, you will be hooked! The quintessential Southern snack, they are an easy go-to for cocktail parties and tailgates alike. Find a 12-ounce package, ranging from $16 to $20, or a 9-ounce tin, ranging from $15 to $18, at The Cook Store, Town and Country Clothes, Please Reply and other local retailers.
Copper Pot Kitchen Infused EVOO
Taste Copper Pot Kitchen’s finest extra-virgin olive oils, infused with exotic and familiar flavors, such as honey balsamic, lemon rosemary, roasted garlic and spicy chile. This Birmingham-based company’s beautifully packaged oils make the perfect hostess gift, too! Find them for $9.99 at Western Supermarket, or nab a bottle at Piggly Wiggly, Alabama Goods or other local retailers.
Magic City Salsa
We cannot find the words to describe how fabulous this salsa is, and it is carried exclusively at Alabama Goods. You’ll need a big bag of tortilla chips, too, because whether you choose mild or hot, it’s highly addictive! Find it for $6.99 per jar at Alabama Goods.
FOR YOUR HOME
Summer Classics chair
Summer Classics’ state-of-the-art “Cut and Sew” facility manufactures customizable outdoor cushions, each uniquely shaped to a chair’s frame. They’re also sewn in the customer’s desired material, chosen from more than 100 outdoor fabric options. This Croquet Spring chair is a durable and stylish choice, and ranges in price from $2,212 to $2,591 at Summer Classics’ showroom, factory outlet in Pelham or on their website at summerclassics.com.
Seibels bed headboard
This original upholstered queen headboard, handcrafted in antique timber by the artisans at Seibels, is the very picture of rustic charm. This beautiful headboard is perfect for decorating your lake house or mountain cabin or simply to make your home feel like a vacation getaway! Find it for $3,995 at Seibels.
Lucy Smith Designs accent table
This Jones accent table, handcrafted by Oxford-based Lucy Smith Designs, is a perfect example of how the family company uses artfully forged metals to create timeless designs. With its crisp, white and gray metallic finish, this table will elevate the interior of any room. Find it for $890 at Hiltz-Lauber, and see more of Lucy Smith Designs work at Defining Home.
Kathy G’s new cookbook
Well-known Birmingham caterer Kathy G. Mezrano has published a new book, Food, Fun & Fabulous: Southern Recipes and Entertaining Tips for All Occasions. Dazzle your friends and family with parties, from simple affairs to over-the-top bashes, with entertaining tips, award-winning recipes and party planning inspiration from one of the Magic City’s most outstanding professional culinary artists! Find the book for $42 at Leaf & Petal.
Great Bear Wax Co.
“A lit candle means somethin’s happening,” is the motto of the Great Bear Wax Co. In scents like campfire, tobacco bay, lavender, forest and eucalyptus clove essential oil, these 100 percent soy wax candles add a warm, homey feel to any abode. Started in Auburn and currently based in Birmingham, the company also offers beard oil, mustache wax, wick trimmers and T-shirts with their fabulous logo. Find them for $30 at Alabama Outdoors.
Janelli leather bags
Local artist Judy Elliott designs this hip line of asymmetrical leather bags under the name Janelli. The soft, natural leather has a rugged look and is cut at striking angles for a truly edgy look. Find these for $165 each at Betsy Prince.
Aviate caps are all the rage these days, and did you know they started out right here in Alabama?! Aviate caps’ creator CJ Adams started this idea out of Birmingham, and the concept has caught on like wildfire, with hats for cities across the country. These solid-colored hats featuring aviation abbreviations for each city are a stylish way to show your hometown pride or love for another town! Find them for $35 at Gus Mayer.
Botaniko’s make-your-own perfume
Create the scent of your dreams at Botaniko, a new skin-care boutique in a beautiful loft space in downtown Birmingham. Using natural ingredients and farm-fresh epicurean ingredients, along with modern cosmeceuticals, medical aesthetician Deborah Stone tailors products to meet each client’s skin-care needs. And for a dose of good-smelling fun, you can create your own perfume or ask about hosting a perfume-making party for a fun girls’ night out! Make your own perfume for $100 at Botaniko.
Buttons Explores the Brook
As a creative way to teach elementary school kids leadership, the Leadership Mountain Brook class of 2016 got together and shared a story of a cat named Buttons. This picture book illustrates the importance of taking initiative and building community, explaining all that goes on in a city. It’s a fun story with familiar landmarks, perfect for teaching the kiddos about a positive community mindset! Purchase it for $25 at Swoop.
Get out and shop local this March!