Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news. This week, we help you get started on your holiday shopping.
1. Flash sales go local. If you’re a savvy shopper in search of great Cyber Monday deals, head over to The Makery, a flash-sale site featuring handmade goods by all North Carolina artisans. Founded by three creative sisters, Sarah Rose, Krista Anne, and Brita Nordgren, The Makery is stocked with gifts you’ll actually want to give: travel atlas journals, tribal purses, and statement-making necklaces (see above). You’ll have to move fast to snap up accessories, apparel, and homegoods during the holiday shop’s three-week run.
2. Neiman Marcus/Target collaboration. The Texas-bred grande dame of department stores teamed up with Target for an all-star designer collection, and it will all be yours for the gifting on Saturday in stores and online. Get up early to snag limited-edition holiday presents from bikes to barware from 24 designers such as Lela Rose (another Dallas native), Oscar de la Renta, and Diane von Furstenberg.
3. Holiday shopping at Porter Flea. Skip the mall and head to Porter Flea at Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Saturday. Get your indie-craft fix with handmade books from LinenLaidFelt, modern wood jewelry from Acorn and Archer, curated vintage items from mobile shop Honeybean Boutique, and more. You’ll be happy you skipped the food court when you’re chowing down on food truck fare from The Waffle Boss and Pizza Buds.
4. Urban Farm Bicycle Tour. Some of the best gifts favor experiences over things. Treat your loved one to a ride-and-grub tour of Austin’s exciting food scene. The self-guided tour includes (optional) stops at 20 urban farms and community gardens such as HausBar Farms where you’ll watch chef demos and sample fresh produce. The farm-to-ten-speed event kicks off Eat Drink Local Week 2012, and tickets are $35-$40.
5. A captivating coffee table book. Photographer (and assistant professor of Southern Studies at Ole Miss) David Wharton travelled the region from Texas and Tennessee to snap photos for his recently released book Small Town South. Having spent his summers as a kid in rural North Carolina, David grew up familiar with spirit of the small town and captured the juxtaposition of the past with the present (such as the above photo in Opelousas, Louisiana). Meet David and get a copy of his book at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi on Tuesday.