2018 Regional holiday gift list
BY ZOE MARSTON
This holiday season we’re celebrating the artisans, business owners, and creatives across the region by giving the gift of local character. From clothing, to art, to adventure, you can find something for everyone on your gift list right in your backyard.
THRIVE’S 2018 REGIONAL HOLIDAY GIFT LIST
NASH FLYING GEESE STRIPED CREW SOCKS, zkano, $16
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just west of the Little River Canyon, you’ll find Fort Payne, Alabama — the former “Sock Capital of the World.” The once-booming hosiery industry of Fort Payne was hit hard in the early 2000s when most textile manufacturing moved off-shore. Gina Locklear returned to her hometown to continue and evolve her family’s sock-making tradition into a sustainable practice, creating a truly organic cotton sock that is made from start to finish in Fort Payne.
HANDCRAFTED GLASS CANDY CANES, Orbix Hot Glass, $18
We are charmed by these lovely hand pulled glass candy canes by stunning glass studio Orbix Hot Glass located near Little River Canyon in Dekalb County, Alabama. These would make a lovely Christmas ornament or stocking stuffer, just be sure not to eat them!
OCOEE RIVER RAFTING TRIP, Cascade Outdoors, from $39/person
Look forward to warmer temperatures by surprising a friend with a half-day rafting trip down the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic kayak events. Nothing beats an exciting adventure on the river surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of Polk County.
HAND-TURNED BOX ELDER BOWL, Daryl Moses, from $75
This stunning box elder bowl was hand-turned by artist Daryl Moses near Athens, Tennessee. It features knots, contrasting colors, beautiful wood grain, and a distinctive, natural gash in the side. The piece would make a beautiful holiday centerpiece with greenery. To inquire, please contact the Athens Area Council for the Arts at (423) 745-8781.
HOFF SAUCE, Hoff & Pepper, $10
This is the best everyday hot sauce we’ve every tasted. Rather than using fermented peppers, Hoff & Pepper make their sauce with fresh peppers from a family farm in Dayton, Tennessee. Share the spicy love with your loved ones, and, if you haven’t tried it, pick up a bottle for yourself to see what all the fuss is about.
CUMBERLAND, Sequatchie Cove Creamery, $10
The foodie in your life will love trying this artisanal cheese from the Sequatchie Valley. Cumberland is a simple yet flavorful Tomme-style natural rind cheese with a smooth semi-firm texture. Fruity, earthy, and slightly tangy with notes of sweet hay and cultured buttermilk, its versatility and approachable flavor make it equally at home in the kitchen and on the table. Sequatchie Cove Creamery cheeses are available at the Main Street Farmers market in Chattanooga, but you can also contact them directly about purchasing.
CAMPFIRE SOY CANDLE, Chattanooga Candle Company, $14
These handmade candles are actually crafted in Ringgold, Georgia, with raw materials sourced from across the Southeast. Candles are made with natural soy wax and pure cotton wicks.
Zoe Marston is a Communications Intern for Thrive Regional Partnership. After spending a year abroad studying film at Norwich University of the Arts, she has returned to Chattanooga to tell the stories of her beloved hometown. At Thrive, she hopes to learn everything she can about doing her part to ensure sustainability in the region, and use that knowledge to further enrich the story of the Chattanooga area.