July 23, 2015
Tervis - America's Favorite Tumbler

tervis-1.jpgLet’s take a little trip back in time. It’s 1946. Detroit. Engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big: they harness the natural insulating powers of air to create a permanently sealed, double-walled tumbler. Finally, a way to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. This outstanding innovation changed the drinkware industry forever.

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July 21, 2015
Colonel Conk - Made in the USA for the Distinguished Gentleman

conk1.jpgUpon his return from the American Civil War, Colonel Ichabod Conk concocted fine grooming products for the discerning gentleman. He used and sold these items in the New Mexico barbershops he ran with his wife.

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July 21, 2015
From the Science Lab to the Trail - Nalgene and the American Dream

nalgene-2.jpgBack in 1949, a Rochester, New York chemist named Emanuel Goldberg developed the first plastic pipette holder. He, along with three workers, began the Nalge Company in a small building at 625 South Goodman Street. For years, Goldberg and his growing team developed the Nalgene line of state-of-the-art polyethylene laboratory equipment: centrifuge bottles, filter units, storage tanks. Obviously, it wasn’t the kind of stuff you toss into your backpack for a weekend in the woods. But there were rumors floating around … stories about scientists taking the smaller, more convenient bottles out of the lab and using them on hikes and excursions.

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July 20, 2015
Everyone Knows It's Slinky!

slinky-1.jpg“What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs
and makes a slinkity sound?
A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!
Everyone knows it’s Slinky!”

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July 20, 2015
Nordicware - American Kitchenware from Minneapolis, Minnesota

nordicware-2.jpgAn inspirational American success story, Nordic Ware was founded in 1946 by a determined wife, Dotty, and her resourceful husband Dave, newly back from the second world war. With only $500 in their pockets, a few good ideas and a desire to create a business of their own, a humble kitchenware company was launched from the basement of their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the beginning, Nordic Ware’s product line started out with only a handful of items, all of which were specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products—the Rosette iron, Krumkake iron, Platte Panne pan, and the Ebelskiver pan. But times have changed!

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July 19, 2015
Just Jump It This Summer

just-jump-it-toys-1.jpgDid you know that ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile? Also, jumping rope for approximately 10 to 15 minutes is enough to burn off the calories from a candy bar? That’s great exercise!

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July 18, 2015
J. R. Watkins - Hardworking Products from Minnesota

watkins-2.jpgWash and iron; cook and clean; repeat. Such was life for many women in 1868. But times were changing. Elizabeth Blackwell opened the first Women’s Medical College. Louisa May Alcott captured the period’s ideals and values in Little Women. And, hard-working wives and mothers with tired, aching muscles found relief in a new, all-natural liniment manufactured and sold by Joseph Ray Watkins.

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July 17, 2015
Sweetness Made in Savannah

savannah-bee-1.jpgTed Dennard is the founder, president, and head beekeeper for Savannah Bee Company. An elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, sparked young Ted’s journey in the magical world of bees and honey, and it’s been 35 years of it ever since.

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July 16, 2015
Sm,artwool - From the Colorado Rockies to You

smartwool-3.jpgThe SmartWool story started on a rugged Colorado ski slope with the belief that toes didn’t have to be cold. One simple pair of Merino socks challenged the conventional wisdom and forever changed the way outdoor enthusiasts looked at their feet. It’s not just about the Merino, though. It’s what Smartwool does with it that makes their product different. For over 20 years, they've been pushing the boundaries of Merino to create smarter, more capable products from head to toe.

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July 15, 2015
Old Mill of Guilford Established in North Carolina in 1767

old-mill-of-guilford-2.jpgThe historic Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek (near Winston-Salem) in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, this fully-operational, water-powered grist mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for nearly 250 years.

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July 14, 2015
Pointer Brands - Over 100 Years of Style and Character from Bristol, Tennessee

pointer-brand-1.jpgThe legacy of Pointer Brands begins with L.C. King. At age 12, L.C. began working at for his uncle's general goods store and four years later, he joined his brother in the wholesale dry goods business. A salesman there for 25 years, L.C. decided to strike out on his own and develop a clothing line that reflected his love of the outdoors.

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July 13, 2015
American Classic Tea Filling Cups for Three Generations

american-classic-tea-1-ruth-campbell.jpgSeventy years ago, Ruth Campbell Bigelow changed the way we drink tea in the United States. An avid tea connoisseur, Ruth thought tea drinkers, like herself, would enjoy a more zestfully flavored tea. Happening upon a special colonial recipe that called for tea to be blended with orange peel and spices, she decided to try to re-create what she felt sounded like a wonderful idea....

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July 12, 2015
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Made in Tennessee for Every Generation

lodge-3.jpgLodge Manufacturing is one of America's oldest cookware companies in continuous operation. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, it is still owned and managed by the descendants of the Lodge family. All of the company’s cast iron cookware is produced at the foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It has been which has been in operation since the company first opened.

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July 11, 2015
Manual Woodworkers Pillows from the Mountains of Western North Carolina

manual-woodworkers-1.jpgManual Woodworkers is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina and calls Hendersonville home – which is also home to one of our Mast Stores. Since its beginnings in 1932, Manual Woodworkers has proven its ability to identify trends in the gift and decorative accessories industry and has been ranked #1 in Home Decor by Gift Beat Magazine. Three generations of this family-owned company operate with a commitment to providing quality, American-made products.

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July 10, 2015
Spooner Creek from Milwaukee to You

spooner-1.jpgSpooner Creek is the artwork of Michael Macone expressed in clay. He has been making pottery for over 30 years, and his work is featured in collections around the world. Michael’s mother was an artist and encouraged his gift at an early age. She taught him to oil paint in 4th grade. He always kept busy with art and sold his first paintings to neighbors and family friends.

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July 9, 2015
Cloud Star Dog Biscuits – Special Treats for Your All-American Pooch

cloud-star-1.jpgCloud Star’s story is a simple one; They started out in a home kitchen more than 15 years ago with a single goal: To make a tasty treat that Samantha, a sweet shepherd mix with a picky palate and some pesky food allergies, could eat and enjoy.

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July 8, 2015
White Mountain Puzzles – A Family Tradition Made in Vermont

white-mountain-puzzle-1.jpgIn 1978, the same year that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded in Vermont, two entrepreneurs in New Hampshire started a small poster company that evolved into White Mountain Puzzles.

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July 7, 2015
A Rocker That's Just Right

troutman-1.jpgIf you had a chance to go back in time and listen to your grandma spin an amusing yarn about some local character while she snapped beans as she rocked on the front porch, you'd do it, right? With a Troutman Slat Rocker, you'll be well on the way to making your own treasured stories come alive again. These traditionally-crafted chairs are designed to be heirlooms, so your family folklore can be passed on from generation to generation.

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July 6, 2015
Rosebud Salve – A Family Favorite Since 1892

rosebud-2.jpgThe original Rosebud Salve is still prepared the same way as when it hit the shelves in 1892. Like Cloverine Salve, this old-time ointment was sold door to door - the typical distribution method for remedies at the turn of the 20th century.

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July 5, 2015
Coastal Cotton – Born and Bred in South Alabama

coastal-cotton-1.JPGBorn and bred in South Alabama, Coastal Cotton is dedicated to providing premium quality products inspired by a classic uninhibited style. After college, Adam Pickron went to work with his parents as a textile engineer in their clothing factory, making everything from premium jeans to military uniforms. “It was there that I learned the trade of manufacturing clothing from raw fabric to finished goods,” says Adam.

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