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Friday
Dec112015

Holiday Peach Picks: Hugh Acheson

This past summer, I produced my first Sweet Spots paper for Athens, Georgia. I was thrilled to have Hugh Acheson be one of the first to buy an ad for it and I have to say, he's always been the kind of great guy we see on TV. I've appreciated his support and am a huge fan of his recently released cookbook, The Broad Fork- which by the way, just got listed as the best cookbook of the year by Epicurious (great gift idea). As an added plus, Hugh is an avid traveler and stylish dresser, which makes him fun to follow on Instagram. It's just another way to let this fun and talented, guy-next-door chef into our lives. He's a good man- and I'm as happy as can be to share his stellar Peach Picks on Sweet Peach this holiday season. Thank you Hugh! 

1. Phil and Sebastian Coffee, from $18.50. Phil and Sebastian is a phenomenal coffee roaster in my native Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta. Brilliant packaging but even better sourcing and skilled roasting of the beans. It's also sold at Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta. Save on that shpping $$$!

2. Vintage Cast Iron Pan. Some great cast iron is available on Etsy and Ebay. Look for Griswold brand. And if you find a well seasoned cast-iron (I mean seasoned like you can see your face in it), don't think, just buy. You will never regret it. 

3. All Clad 12" inch stainless collection fry pan, from $95. This is one of the most used pans in my kitchen. And it's also one of the oldest- a testament to the durability of the All Clad product. 

4. Chubo Utility Knife, $195. This has become one of my favorite knives. And I have a lot of knives. It's pricy, but worth it. 

5. McEvoy Ranch Olive Oils, from $29. Olive oil has such a presence in my food and I love showing off the wonderful producers in our midst. McEvoy Ranch produces award-winning, clean and truly delicious olive oil.

6. R. Wood Studio Ceramics, from $22. Rebecca Wood is an iconic Athenian artist and for good reason. Her ceramics befit the most elegant Southern table, but also find a happy home in well-used kitchens. 

7. Condor Chocolates Truffle Gift Box, from $8 (in store only: Athens, GA) or chocolate bars from the online shop, $9. My buddy Peter Dale is serving up delicate, carefully crafted (by the talented Shae Sims) chocolates and confections that will put a smile on anyone's face. Several seasonal truffle offerings make for an elegant and fun gift box.  

8. Gift Certificate to Bikram Yoga Studio, Athens, from $18. Mary, my wife, enjoys a regular practice at our local Bikram yoga studio. It's a state of the art facility that beginners and seasoned practitioners alike patronize. 

9. Subscription to AFAR magazine, $20. Beautifully laid out, stunning graphic design and a great resource for the eclectic traveler, of which I am one. 

10. David Hale prints, from $15. I wear David's art on my arm, but if you're needle-shy, you can get a print instead. His work is vastly intricate and very stylized. He's a dedicated artist. 

 

Image of Hugh: Taylor Oxendine    Content: Sweet Peach/ Hugh Acheson 


Tuesday
Oct062015

Philip Juras

In search of more artwork for my home, I had to take a moment to admire the work of painter, Philip Juras of Athens, Georgia. I spied his work on my friend Nan's Instagram account the other day... 

What I love most about Philip Juras' work is that the majority of it showcases my favorite place on earth- Little St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Through my work at TBS, I've been so fortunate to visit this magical, private island a multitude of times. Whatever the reason, (which I gather has a lot to do with how protected and untouched this southern wilderness is) I feel nothing but happiness when I set my feet here- and I get the feeling Philip feels the same way. 

As shared on his site, "Philip focuses primarily on remnant natural landscapes that offer a glimpse of the Southeast before European settlement." Through my dozens of hikes with friend, Kathryn Kolb, I've come to learn first hand how special and fragile our Southern ecosystem is...it is artists like Philip (and Kathryn) who remind us why it's so vital to stand up and protect it. 

See more of the lovely, southern inspired work of Philip Juras, here.

 

Images: Phillip Juras      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Wednesday
Sep302015

Forged and Found

Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of these stoneware wind bells on Instagram, and I had to stop and stare for a moment. They're quite beautiful and unique and because of that, I'm forced to add them to my wish list...

Regina Mandell of Forged and Found in Athens, Georgia spends her days crafting beautiful things for her online shop and a handful of eager retail shops across the country. I like how her collection includes not so obvious things like potion bottles, wine chillers, this lantern or even a series of four cups in different sizes. 

Such lovely things. I bookmarked her site today and look forward to seeing what she's up to next. Click here to see Regina's entire shop, and look out for the bells....hopefully arriving in her online shop very soon. 

 

Images: Forged and Found     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Jul282015

The Sara Lee Parker Pouch

Ever since I first blogged about Sara Lee Parker's adorable napkins and tea towels, I've been an avid fan. So I loved receiving an email from her last week showcasing a new item in her repertoire... pouches. 

Sara resides in Athens, Georgia with her husband Simon, where together they screen print her fabric designs. These cute pouches, all individually lined in complementary fabric, are made from their off-cuts so every one has its own unique look. 

The prices are good too. This small chicken pouch is $15, the larger fabric pouches featured above are $28. Check out Sara's site to see her expanding textile collection, which includes table runners, cards, prints, aprons and buckets. 

 

Images: Sara Lee Parker      Content: Sweet Peach 


Friday
Jul242015

Leccare Lollipops

It's Friday and I want a lollipop...but only one as tasty and adorable as this one. It's the Birthday Cake lollipop and it tastes like birthday cake with a pinch of cinnamon. But if that doesn't appease, Kimberly Hadlock of Athens, Georgia offers 32 other flavors like Cherry Basil, Salted Caramel, Pear Ginger or Raspberry Lemon Cream.   Yes, please. 

I love how inviting and layered each and every pop looks. Her pretty heart shaped pop (also available in a diamond shape) is Rose & Honey, made of rose water, Georgia mountain honey and fresh ground rose petals. 

I think my heart belongs here though...with fluffy marshmallows and lavender. The pops are well priced (12 of this flavor for $14) and all pops can be made larger, have custom labels or be made for large events such as birthdays or weddings. As Kimberly gains fans, she also continues to expand her selection to over 200 pops that are either sweet, fruity, spicy or savory. As two of my nieces head to college this fall, I think these will be inside their first care package. Pick your favorites, here. 

 

Images: Leccare Lollipops    Content: Sweet Peach 


Wednesday
Jul152015

Treehouse Kid & Craft

I love a good kid's shop and Treehouse Kid and Craft in Athens, Georgia is one of the best. Owner, Kristen Bach curates a bevy of products that are meant to nurture the imagination and soothe the soul. It's a mix of design friendly toys, organic bath products, vintage and handmade kid's clothes, furniture, decor, artwork and my favorite- clever games and activities. 

An I love Athens diorama, how fun is that? This is something I'd love to open and start coloring and assembling. Kristen creates and sells these herself... now we just need an Atlanta one. 

What stands Treehouse out from the rest is their classroom space where they offer a variety of DIY classes, workshops and summer camps. Classes include drawing, super hero, collage, sewing, knitting, printmaking, puppetmaking, stop motion animation and so much more...

Kristen opened Treehouse in 2010 and the good news is she's expanding to Atlanta by the end of the year. A new Treehouse will spring up in Inman Park to showcase all her wares and include lots of cool workshops for the kids. It's a place to explore and to play... all imaginations welcome.  

 

Images: Sweet Peach; Treehouse Kid & Craft      Content: Sweet Peach 


Tuesday
Jul142015

Double Dutch Press

If you're taking a visit to Athens anytime soon, it's always a good idea to make a stop in Normaltown. For it is only in Normaltown that you'll find the Normal Bar, the Normal Hardware and the not so normal print shop.

Double Dutch Press is a print shop, rental shop, workshop and art store all in one. Plus, they just have really great taste...

The ladies of Beauty Everyday recently introduced me to this shop and its owners, Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire. It was quickly self evident that this shop would land a coveted spot in the new Athens Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper. An avid fan of paper products, I loved this bright and creative place the moment I stepped inside. For more about the wonderful work they do, just click here to check out what Rinne, Kristen and Rebecca had to say... 

 

Images: Rinne Allen     Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Friday
Jul102015

Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens

After many a long night, it's nice to be able to say that 10,000 copies of the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper will be arriving in Athens, Georgia this afternoon. Inside, you'll find 50 Sweet Spots curated by the ladies of Beauty Everyday- Kristen Bach, Rinne Allen and Rebecca Wood...and myself. There is just so much to love about Athens right now- from stellar restaurants, vintage shops to cool bars and hangouts, it's the perfect weekend destination about an hour northeast of Atlanta. 

The papers will be delivered to Treehouse Kid and Craft today and over the coming weeks, will be available at all 50 Sweet Spots. Or, if you're not planning to visit Athens anytime soon, download and print the PDF here. A big thank you to Kristen, Rinne and Rebecca, as well as Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her amazing illustrations, Bob Conquest and Vanessa Dina for their incredible design aesthetic and direction. I'm such a lucky one... enjoy the weekend everyone. 

 

Wednesday
Jul082015

R. Wood Studio

If anyone has spent some time in Athens, Georgia, then you need no introduction to R. Wood Studio. In this large retail shop and workspace housed in an old produce warehouse, Rebecca Wood has created one of the largest, most recognizable pottery studios in all of America. 

Every piece of pottery found here is made and painted by hand and instantly feels like an R. Wood creation simply by its shape and color. It all began in 1987 when Rebecca, always an artist and maker of things- from jewelry to clothes, tried her hand at pottery. After purchasing an old kiln at a yard sale and creating pretty dishware with her hands, buyers began to notice...and place orders. The business, like her newfound passion, was organically born. 

When you walk into R. Wood, one of the first things you'll notice is the 1st tables, where a variety of dishware is available for sale. You'll find everything you need to set a table here- from rice and dipping bowls, creamers and cups to baking dishes and antipasti plates.

Then there is the Seconds Room where you'll find slightly flawed pieces sold for discounted prices. All the colors complement each other as Rebecca's pieces are meant to mix and match if so desired. It's more fun that way anyway...

With retailers all over the country and demand for her work for photo shoots and gift shows, Rebecca depends on a steady stream of artists to help her designs come to life. You'll often see them hard at work when you walk in the large front doors...

There are currently eight artists that work full time in the studio, from 30-40 hours per week. This is Michele, who is crafting bowls using a slab and her own handiwork. It's kept southern and local here, even the clay is from just up the way in North Carolina.  

From top left, Michele, Michael and Caden were hard at work the Saturday afternoon I stopped by to take a few pics. As Caden shared, the work here is disciplined and thorough, as many dishes are hand painted with as many as five coats. 

Rebecca is just as you would think- kind, thoughtful, full of vibrancy and creativity. It's been such a pleasure to get to know her a bit as she just recently helped me curate the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper, which will be out and available within a week. I hope you check out the Sweet Spots, particularly #49. It's a goodie...

 

Images: Sweet Peach  Final pic:Design Sponge      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jul032015

Mimi's Peach Gazpacho

Mimi Maumus is a chef after my own heart. When I take a seat in her lovely, inviting restaurant home.made in Athens, I know I'm in for a delicious meal. So I was thrilled when she decided to share her Peach Gazpacho recipe with us. We all need to make this tasty dish before peach season ends. Thank you Mimi... 

 

 

Image: Kristen Bach    Content: Sweet Peach     Recipe: Mimi Maumus