The nominees for Martha Stewart’s annual American Made contest have been announced, and once again, the Triangle is well represented with several fashionable contestants.
Local nominees include Little Grey Line by Jessica Moore, Olly Oxen by Charlotte, Hunter and Cameron Guice, EricDesigns by Eric Connor, Zass Design by Zulay and Steph Smith, TrendFemme by Elena Bondar, Michelle Smith and Judah Ross by Oami Powers, all of Raleigh; Neecy’s Necessities by Denise Jackson-Gunter and Freshly Given by Whitney Robinson, both of Durham; Scarffish by Maureen Dolan Rosen of Chapel Hill; Regina Gale by Regina Dozier of Hillsborough; and Clean Couture by Rachael Redmond and Julie Schaffroth of Morrisville.
“I think this is kind of cool, especially to see the caliber of other entrepreneurs who are participating,” says Maureen Dolan Rosen, owner of Scarffish. “Just being able to read their profiles is like taking a course in small business; you can’t help but learn something from every single entrant.”
The editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine will select a pool of contestants to compete for online votes. Winners of audience awards will be chosen in six categories (garden, style, crafts, design, food, technology). In addition, one grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to further the business, plus a trip to New York to attend the American Made Awards and workshop.
Voting is open through Sept. 13 and the public can vote at marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominees.
Michelle Smith, founder of the Rock and Shop Market and the short-lived Kindred retail incubator, is back with a new venture promoting local designers. Gather, a studio in downtown Cary, offers local designers workshop space, classes and more. The collective will host its first pop-up shop 6-11 p.m. Friday. Some of the designers featured include 440 Gentleman’s Supply and Christina Nicole Studios, among others. For details, visit facebook.com/GatherNC.
Northgate Mall in Durham hosts its Lazy Days of Summer Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. More than 50 merchants will have clearance deals throughout the mall. In addition to the sidewalk sale, the mall will also host a fixture sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m., selling gently used shelving, chairs, displays and more. For more info, visit northgatemall.com.