ALABAMA NEWSCENTER
features makers
you'll find at the market
 

Throughout 2016,  Alabama NewsCenter has been spotlighting extraordinary makers in Alabama.  Enjoy some of their video clips below, featuring talented makers you'll find most Saturdays at the Market at Pepper Place!  Alabama NewsCenter is a news and information source that highlights people and businesses making a positive difference in the state of Alabama.

 
 

natalie chanin of alabama chanin

“I don’t have to be here. I could be someplace else, but I want to be here. This is a great place to raise my children and my grandchildren. It’s the community of my birth, but it’s also been a community of great inspiration and support. This business is alive today because of the people who have supported it, Chanin said."

 

RYAN AND GERI MARTHA O'HARA OF BIG SPOON CREAMERY

"The business has been featured in Southern Living magazine. The James Beard Foundation called its “American Dream” cookie and ice cream chocolate-dipped creation “the most beautiful ice cream sandwich on Earth.” The O’Haras both have culinary backgrounds and met while working at Bottega in Birmingham.. Geri-Martha leads the production kitchen, which handcrafts the ice cream batches and the hand-rolled artisan cones such as salted blue corn, almond vanilla.."

 

 

 

BROOKS BARROW OF BROOKS BARROW STUDIO

“I work as much as possible with native stone,” Brooks says. “Most people know about Sylacauga marble, but Alabama also has wonderful granites and terrific shadow vein limestone, with pale black and gray lines running through it. That stuff is beautiful when it’s polished."

 

courtney ellis and jeff williams of caia's cookies

"Ellis and Williams said the secret behind their success is the ingredients. “Our cookie is homemade,” Williams said. “We use fresh ingredients and no preservatives. They are cookies that grandma would have been proud of.” Ellis and Williams began cooking as boys."

 

greg and ana kelly of dayspring dairy

“We were a suburban couple with two kids living in Hoover,” Ana says. “Then we visited a sheep dairy in Tennessee — and decided to buy our own farm and start making sheep milk cheese. We had no experience doing that kind of thing. It was a major leap of faith.”

 

SARAH CONKLIN OF FEATHER WILD

"...Now, Conklin screen prints, sews and weaves her “Feather Wild” line of jewelry and clothing items, which she sells online at her Etsy and Square Market shops and at the Pea Pod Shop in Lowe Mill. In addition to raising two teenagers, the busy artist hand-makes fabric items at her home studio in southeast Huntsville and teaches printmaking classes for children at the Green Pea Press."

 

CHASITY CURTIS OF FREEDOM SOAP COMPANY

"Curtis started making her own soap and skincare products because she had a hard time finding an all-natural beauty line she could afford... “I found that a lot of the so-called ‘natural’ products on the market aren’t really. They’re still loaded with artificial fragrances and sulfates,” she says. “I was trying to take care of myself otherwise – exercising, eating organically – so it didn’t make a lot of sense to put chemicals on my skin.”

 

JAKE CARNLEY OF GREAT BEAR WAX CO.

"While the Great Bear guys still do everything in Birmingham — from hand-pouring and forming the candles to screen-printing the labels and boxes — they recently relocated to another part of town. “We moved all of our production facilities to a larger place in the Woodlawn neighborhood,” Jake said."

 

SEABORN WHATLEY OF PIE LAB

"Pie Lab began as a movement to innovate initiatives focused on artisanal food and restaurant operations, all to foster social change. While the social change is happening at a predictable rate, the pies are flying off the shelves. Southern Living magazine named Pie Lab’s apple pie as the best in the South, and the James Beard Foundation named Pie Lab one of three 2010 finalists for restaurant design."

 

KEITH AND DYLAN COCHRAN OF WOOD STUDIO

“Something in my gut told me the boys would somehow carry on what I started,” Randy says. “And it’s gratifying to see it happen. It’s a real pleasure to listen to them and hear the lessons that I had to learn and tried to teach them come back. And to see the talent they’re showing. They can make pretty much anything they can imagine."