Map + Stitch
Kate McCoy of Kenmore was inspired to create handmade map photo mats to display family photos while commemorating the locations of her first apartment and home. Conceptualized by McCoy as a way to “map your memories,” her custom-embroidered photo mats help showcase a location tied to a fond memory, home, business or adventure. McCoy will customize photo mats for her customers, which she embellishes with an embroidered image of their choosing. Find out more at Etsy.com.
Charmed By Wine
Williamsville native Mary Busch, creative force behind Charmed By Wine, grew up in a large family that shared a passion for great food. With 20-plus guests at any given gathering, her Italian relatives were forever asking, “Is that my glass?” or “Where did I put my wine?” Necessity being the mother of invention, Busch developed a unique collection of handmade, beaded wine charms featuring whimsical designs that harmonize with various seasons, events and celebrations. The full line can be seen on Etsy.
After graduating from Kent State with a degree in journalism/graphic design, a desire to be around family motivated Buffalo native Jocelyn Delmar to move back to WNY. Upon her return, Delmar turned her eye to creating a line of punchy jewelry and small accessories for the home. Inspired by the paint-dipping trend, bright colors and a love of natural materials like wood, her dipped wooden pieces are a perfect marriage of color, function and art. Find her pieces at paragraphloop.etsy.com.
Mama G Boutique
Buffalo born and raised, stay-at-home mom Courtney Galente found inspiration for her clothing/accessory business in her own kids – an eight-year-old boy and twin toddler girls. With a background in fashion and retail, Galente began by making bows and T-shirts for her girls. She soon expanded her fun fashions to include blingy onesies and embellished tutus. See her unique kids’ clothing and accessories at Etsy.com.
Niland Candle Company
Seeking a healthier alternative to traditional paraffin candles, Hamburg resident Kaitlyn Niland developed a line of hand-poured phthalate-free candles scented with essential oils that offer a slower, less sooty, non-toxic burn. With an eye on sustainability, the containers— jars and tins with a simple industrial vibe — can be washed out and repurposed or recycled. Find them locally at Fred’s Handmade Wares, The Washington Market and Dispenza’s Meats, or at Nilandcandle.com.
Art Yard Studio
After serving as an instructor at UB’s Creative Craft Center for 12 years, Buffalo native Thom Hooper changed directions. Harnessing his creative energy and experience as a potter/sculptor, Hooper created several lines of hand-stamped pottery. His eye-catching original designs showcase various themes including the Herd of Buffalos, Raised Pinecone and Celtic Knot. Hooper strives to make pieces not only for the shelf but also the table. Buffalo Herd pottery ships worldwide, and his Buffalo magnets are available at local art festivals. Find them locally at Village Nail Boutique in Williamsville or at Artyardstudio.com.
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