Jessica Stringer

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Carolina’s Chicest Candles

Back when she ran a gift shop in Maryland and sold out of candles during the holiday season, South Carolina-raised Ronnetta Griffin got resourceful and poured her own.

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Baby Bleu Linens: “A Blue For Every Mood”

After spending a decade as a choreographer, Danielle Mason Hosker turned her eye for detail to an idea she’s had waiting in the wings. In 2004, the University of Georgia grad started sketching designs for bedding, and in early 2013, she launched her line of linens, Antage Bleu.

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Where Maryland Beekeeping Meets Maryland Painting

Sure, most artists are dedicated to their craft. But bees where most people draw the line on their passions. Not Kara Brook, who became a beekeeper to make her own paint. Less trips to the Hobby Lobby, after all!

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Show Your State Pride With These Prints

As a full-time art director at a publishing company, Knoxville native Kristen Vasgaard designs book covers to capture the personalities of fiction novels, biographies, and cookbooks. In her spare time, Kristen channels that artistry to create a series of state prints inspired by her Southern upbringing and extensive travel. For each 8- by 10-inch piece, she pairs a well-known lyric […]

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5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

1. Pick a Pickle. We can’t wait to try our hand at pickling this spring and summer, and thanks to Georgia chef Hugh Acheson’s latest project, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks, it should be a breeze. The pickling swatch book is filled with step-by-step recipes covering basic brines, pickling recipes, condiments, and fermented snacks, such […]

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5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

1. Virginia peanut butter. When Commonwealth native Andrew Broocker started making peanut butter in 2011, he worked out of his mom’s kitchen. He now makes so many flavors of Reginald’s Homemade using local peanuts that he’s moved to a larger space outside of Richmond. Andrew continues to churn out new kinds of butters in small batches and recently released his Coconut […]

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5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

1. Alabama-made candles. This week, we were thrilled to discover Great Bear Wax Co., products made in our own backyard. Founder Jake Carnley combines his passions for local goods and the natural world through producing small batches of mustache wax, beard conditioning oil, and unisex candles from the wax of Birmingham, Sylacauga, and Opelika bees. His hand-poured candles come in three scents, Natural, Lavendar, and […]

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5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

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. 

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5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

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. 

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Your Next Favorite Author: North Carolina’s Wiley Cash

We chatted with Wiley Cash, the best-selling North Carolina-based author of the thriller A Land More Kind Than Home, about his love for Asheville, his favorite bookstores, and how he takes his ‘cue. Look for his second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, when it hits shelves January 28.  

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