Finding new ways to support our local small businesses is always on our minds at the Heart of North Carolina. COVID-19 is affecting our communities in many ways, and our businesses are feeling it too. It is more important than ever to find ways to keep our favorite shops thriving, so we have created a list of attractions, boutiques, potteries, and other small businesses that you can support by purchasing merchandise online. Much like our restaurant blog, this list will constantly evolve, and we welcome suggestions and additions!
Breweries & Wineries
Four Saints Brewing Co. - Purchase merchandise like hats, Koozies, and T-shirts while picking up your beer to go. Beer enthusiasts can purchase their beverages in the online store as well. Curbside pick up available.
Blessed Boutique - Offering clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more - shop the store virtually on Facebook or Instagram and send them a direct message with the items you would like to purchase.
Nella Boutique – Shoppers can purchase clothing, jewelry, shoes, gifts, and more from their Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as their website.
Seagrove Candles & SoapWorks
- Seagrove candles are available in more than 40 popular scents, and their nature-inspired shea butter soaps render terrific restorative and moisturizing qualities and are offered in seven scents. Shop the scents in their online store!
Museums & Attractions
Millstone Creek Orchards - Millstone has launched the Apple Barn Mobile Market where guests can order all products online with delivery available within a 10-mile radius and for curbside pickup. A new menu is posted every Tuesday with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and greens, all from local partners. See the menu on Facebook or the website.
North Carolina Zoo Society – Do your part in saving a piece of the world for our wildlife. Consider purchasing a VIP tour, gift cards, or tiered membership offers from their online store. Discount offered on Zoo memberships to individuals over 62 years of age.
Petty Family Attractions | The Petty Museum – Purchase autographed memorabilia and collectible items all related to the King of NASCAR. The ladies at the museum are busy filling orders from the online shop daily.
Ben Owen Pottery - Ben Owen Pottery specializes in traditional wood-fired and contemporary pottery crafted in variations of vibrant colors and distinct forms. Ben's pieces are available at his online store.
Blue Hen Pottery - Blue Hen Pottery offers whimsical wood-fired tableware and sculptures. Anne's pieces are available through her Etsy shop.
Bulldog Pottery – Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson create Nouveau Psychedelic Studio Art Pottery. Purchase your piece of their inspirational artwork through their Etsy shop.
Carolina Crockery - Let Carolina Crockery help put together a beautiful Easter basket for you or someone you love this Spring. The gallery features local artists and wares and shoppers can purchase online from their Etsy shop.
Crystal King Pottery – Our website is updated with lots of photos and an easy shopping cart for checkout. We have many functional pieces that are ready to ship out to our customers, suitable for celebratory gifts of weddings, showers, Mother’s Day, or graduations! We can personalize a note upon request. Our JugArama section has new items posted weekly for those of you that love a good face jug or Folk figurative piece.
Dean & Martin Pottery – Purchase your own piece of Jeff and Stephanie's creations, inspired by their love of nature and the land - Jeff’s Etsy Store & Stephanie’s Etsy Store.
DirtWorks Pottery - Specializing in contemporary functional pots in various colors and glazes; and copper luster Raku. Contact Dan or Ben for the best selections available in the shop or fresh from the kiln at 336-873-8979.
Eck McCanless Pottery - Eck specializes in carved agateware, crystalline, and stoneware. Check out his Etsy shop to purchase online, and take a peek at his Facebook page to see virtual demo videos and more.
From The Ground Up Pottery - From the Ground Up specializes in handmade pottery including tree platters, meditation bells, soul pots, and dinnerware. Check out their online store for new pieces toward the end of April.
JLK Jewelry - Creating new jewelry and adding often to her website, Jennie Lorette Keatts is offering FREE shipping on all U.S. orders through the month of May. JLK accents semi-precious stones with sterling silver, and sometimes gold. She welcomes custom orders!
Johnston & Gentithes Studios - Fred & Carol specialize in traditional and contemporary pottery and sculpture including wood-fired salt-glazed pieces made from local clay; and English porcelain. Order from their online store!
Jugtown Pottery - Jugtown specializes in traditional handmade jugs, candlesticks, and teapots in wood-fired salt, copper reds, and cobalt glazes, as well as gas-fired tableware and vases. Check out their online shop for pottery pieces, crafts, books, and more.
Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery - Beautiful contemporary stoneware, porcelain, and sculptured creative art for daily living, available through their online store or their individual Etsy shops - Jeff's shop and Michele's shop.
Moddware – A modern alternative to traditional stoneware pottery - Alexa is filling orders from her online shop.
O’Quinn Pottery – Specializing in utilitarian pottery including Rebekah pitchers, pound cake pans and apple bakers in marbleized glazes. Contact Sandra by phone for available pieces from the shop - 910-464-5125
Potts Pottery – Specializing in traditional pottery tableware that is lead-free, oven, and dishwasher safe. Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering pieces.
Ray Pottery – Specializing in fine gas-fired stoneware, view pieces online and email your requests to email@example.com.
Rockhouse Pottery – Specialising in decorative pottery including hand-carved dogwood, pine cone, dragonflies, oak leaves, tulips, and grape cluster designs. Contact Carolyn by phone - 336-879-2053 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org for available pieces from the shop.
Seagrove Creations - Representing over 70 local potters and craftspeople, shop the online store for serving ware, flower pots, lamps, teapots, and more!
Seagrove Pottery - Searching for a special gift for someone who has everything? Seagrove Pottery offers unique stoneware such as bacon cookers, butter keepers, soup mugs, chip & dip platters, and MORE from multiple talented artists. Visit their online store!
Seagrove Stoneware - Seagrove Stoneware Pottery specializes in functional and decorative pottery including large vases, dinner, and cookware in hand-etched custom glazes and stains, including copper reds. Check out their newly designed website with an online store!
Thomas Pottery – Dinnerware, serving pieces, garden art, and sculptures with a naturist feel can be purchased online through Bobbie's website. She is also offering a 10% discount on all patio pickups and free shipping on orders under $150.00 through the month of April.
The Triangle Studio - A collaboration between ceramic artists Kate Johnston and Erin Younge. Shop in person by appointment until further notice. Shop their Etsy Shop with FREE shipping.
Westmoore Pottery- Westmoore has a sincere interest in preserving the past, and this is evident in their wares. Take a peek at the online store to view historical pottery, handblown glassware, as well as books on historical decorative arts and cookery.
Whynot Pottery & Acacia Art Tile - Whynot Pottery specializes in decorative and functional stoneware pottery. Acacia Art Tile works in a wide variety of decorative tiles that can be used anywhere in the house. Check out their blog to order online.
Thank you for browsing these incredible small businesses, we hope you don't leave empty-handed! Again, this list is constantly evolving and suggestions and additions are welcome.
Please email Sarah.Testerman@heartofnorthcarolina.com, or call 336-626-0364 x 101 and we will add your business!
- Sarah Testerman, Heart of NC Editorial Staff