Since we opened in 2014, we've witnessed a distinct movement to shopping local for locally made products. We certainly do love seeing that and we personally are seeking out those locally created gems ourselves. The response to us bringing in locally handmade products has been amazing. Some North Carolina items can be a little overdone here and there, but we search far and wide for quality vendors who make wonderful locally made products you haven't seen before. The stories of products and their makers is what makes us different. We love hearing, learning and of course, sharing these stories with you.
One of our local success stories is Lauren Yarina of Wicked + Woven. She is a Raleigh police officer who started a candle business in her spare time. She had never made a candle before! But she wanted to make one for a friend who was going through a hard time. She wanted to give it a name and scent that would empower and lift him up. He, of course, loved it. And a local business was born. Lauren hand-paints the containers, uses unusual wood wicks, and creates fun names for her scents. The wooden lids are made just for Lauralee Gifts and have the state of NC burned into the top. She's just come out with a perfume line that you'll die for! When you try it, you'll have to have it. They are all made from essential oils, not alcohol, so they are subtle and lovely, and just really get better all day while you are wearing it.
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