I’m convinced that curated ecommerce sites are going to be instrumental in helping to sustain and grow American made products, especially products made by smaller makers. A case in point is BEZAR, the brainchild of Brad Shellhammer. I can’t even remember how I got signed up for my daily emails from BEZAR, but each day they arrive in my inbox. BEZAR doesn’t exclusively offer products made by members of our extended American family, but lots of the products on BEZAR are American made. With BEZAR, you sometimes have to “strike while the iron’s hot” since products do seem to disappear from BEZAR from time to time. One of BEZAR’s Holiday Gift Collections is titled “Merica” and all the gifts in that collection are made by Americans. Here are some of my favorite American finds from BEZAR.
Nathan Anderson and his colleagues at Anderson Design Group in Nashville, Tennessee make some of the most beautiful posters, coffee table books and cards I have ever seen. All their products are printed in Nashville and I am gaga over their National Park posters. They are simply stunning. My three favorite Anderson Design Group National Park posters are Arches,
and Bad Lands.
Broderpress is the brainchild of artist and printmaker Shannon Broder. Since 2009, Shannon has been making amazing animal pillows. Shannon starts by hand silkscreening her animal designs onto American sourced fabric using water based non-toxic ink. Shannon does all the work to create her wonderful animal pillows in Brooklyn, NY! My three favorite Broderpress pillows are the Elephant,
and the Zebra.
I am buying my Christmas tree this week, and plan on ordering several of Shannon’s amazing ornaments for the tree!
If you want your spices at hand when whipping up your favorite recipe, Gneiss Spice is for you. Since 2013 Beth and two of her comrades have been making the coolest spice jars you can imagine. The spice jars have magnetic lids so you can keep them out on the front of your refrigerator. While the lids and racks are made in Maine, Beth has not been able to find an American glass manufacturer for the jars themselves. But she is working on finding a domestic manufacturer in the near future. Gneiss Spice produces several themed spice collections for those that cook predominately one type of cuisine. Are you partial to Phad Thai? Then the Gneiss Thai Spice kit is for you.
Do you live to barbecue? Then the Grilling Seasoning Kit is for you.
I already have my spices, so I plan on purchasing a DIY kit.
I am so thankful that I found out about BEZAR and the many American brands that are featured on the site. I urge you to sign up for the BEZAR daily emails so you can always be seeing new American products that you can purchase for your self and as gifts for your friends and family in this festive period.
Now get shopping!