Gardner Monaco Design
Gardner Monaco Design designs ecologically & aesthetically rich landscape systems that balance functional needs with broader goals of increasing biodiversity, maximizing resilience, & reflecting regional character. It also produces greeting cards of native flora and fauna of East Tennessee designed by Leah Gardner. These cards are their way of sharing the local beauty they experience through their work while facilitating the art of expressing love and appreciation with a hand-written note. Fine-art quality reproductions of original watercolor illustrations featuring native flora & fauna of East Tennessee. Each blank card is hand cut, folded, and tied. Printed and packaged in-house using archival ink, high-quality recycled paper, and no plastic.
Gentry Family Farm
In 2012, Mrs. Gentry fell in love with and married a goat farmer. Growing up around cattle, she wanted to raise animals in a way to become more self sustaining and purchased her first dairy goat. This goat produced about a gallon of milk a day, and not wanting it to go to waste, she began creating lotions and body products. Now with a total of 5 dairy goats now, all registered and very spoiled, they are extremely busy running their little farm.
Great Smoky Mountains Association
Great Smoky Mountains Association supports the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research. Fortunately for us, part of that mission is realized in beautiful, informative, and engaging books including guide books, novels, cook book, and children’s books.
Hawa Ware is a visual artist who offers beautiful, emotionally moving greeting cards. Originally from Liberia, Hawa Ware now lives and creates here in Knoxville, TN.
Kelly Brown has a lifetime of climbing experience with over twenty years in the famous Obed Wild and Scenic River. He brings it all to bear in the most comprehensive climbing guide of the Obed published to date, The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic. Full of detailed maps, clearly marked routes, and dynamic photography (by Mark A. Large–also a Knoxville local) this book is a standout in the genre. Best of all the book’s publisher, Greener Grass Publishing, has pledged to donate 5% of all proceeds from this guidebook to the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, a group dedicated to preserving climbing in the Obed.
Quirky Lantern Co
These all natural soy candles are individually crafted and hand-poured. The candles, named after Knoxville neighborhoods, are clean burning and Eco-friendly. With 100% soy wax and 100% cotton wicks, these are also: dye-free, phthalate-free, zinc-free, lead-free. In adorable Mason jars with rustic lids, they look just as great on display when they aren’t burning.
sandor ellix katz
Author and self-described fermentation revivalist Sandor Ellix Katz is on a mission to spread the good word of fermentation to the people. We were lucky enough to host him in July of 2012 and he spoke to a rapt crowd about the benefits of making and eating fermented foods. His first book, Wild Fermentation, includes a thorough introduction to the topic as well as many recipes. His most recent publication, The Art of Fermentation, is a game-changing comprehensive tome that will answer almost any question you might have (and some you didn’t) about fermentation.
Sarah B. Weber
Artist Sarah B. Weber’s love of animals and the natural world is evident in her work. The animals on her greeting cards look back out at the viewer with great interest and humor. Weber paints her subjects– both wild and domesticated– with a generous spirit and deft hand.