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Honey Sweetie Acres: Since 2012, Honey Sweetie Acres has been producing the finest Artisan Goat Milk Soap and skin care products.Honey Sweetie Acres: Located in Goshen, Ohio, the company sells all-natural lotions, lotion bars, lip balms and aromatherapy creams.Honey Sweetie Acres: The best selling product, however is their lilac Artisan Goat Milk Soap.Honey Sweetie Acres: Employee Bonnie loves the all natural organic products, “The skin is our body's largest protector, and I feel good about putting these nourishing, non-oily products on it.”Honey Sweetie AcresThe Happy Groundhog: From college clay and metal sculpting at the art academy to stay-at-home mom, The Happy Groundhog Studios owner Melissa Bracken turned her art skills into a booming business.The Happy Groundhog: Four years ago, Bracken started making homemade stuffed animals for family gifts then she began receiving orders from other friends. The Happy Groundhog: Eventually, her hobby evolved into an at-home business.The Happy Groundhog: She likes to use eco-friendly materials, so all of her products are made from recycled sweaters and fabrics.The Happy Groundhog: “The groundhogs are one of my best sellers, since they are part of the company name,” Bracken says.Handzy: From greeting cards to jewelry and paper goods to prints, Handzy offers something for everyone.Handzy: Since July 1 of this year, business has been booming as Handzy has been bringing life to Covington, Kentucky in the form of fun gifts and cards. Handzy: “We give off a ‘gift shop’ vibe,” Co-owner Brittany Braemer says. “Our cards are our best sellers, since they tend to be different and unique from other stores.”HandzyHandzyHandzyHandzyElle Brux: Laura Brux used her painting skills to make handmade wooden jewelry and opened her very own shop last year, Elle Brux. A painter by trade, Brux wanted to create something new and trendy but also more affordable than her paintings.Elle Brux: Brux sources her wooden beads and leather from other small shops but mixes the colors and paints everything by hand. “The freedom to be creative and get my hands dirty is really the best part,” Brux says.Elle Brux: She creates everything from necklaces to bracelets, but her best seller are her earrings.Mandalynn Designs: Mandalynn Designs, a small local jewelry shop, has been creating fun, vintage-inspired pieces of jewelry for all ages.Mandalynn Designs: When owner Mandi Wirtanen saw that her beading shop, The World of Beads, in Hyde Park, was thriving, she decided to start her own jewelry store.Mandalynn Designs: Wirtanen, who has been in the jewelry business for 25 years, makes all of her pieces by hand. Mandalynn Designs: “We design our products with different techniques such as beading and metal smithing,” Wirtanen says. “My favorite is the precious metal clay, which can be shaped into anything you want, just like regular clay.”Mandalynn DesignsGadabout Doughnuts: Growing up as a kid, Karian Rice was always baking, and she knew she wanted to take her passion for sweets and turn it into a business.Gadabout Doughnuts: In the spring of 2015, she did just that when she opened her doughnut shop, Gadabout Doughnuts.Gadabout Doughnuts: She uses her signature homemade recipes and the healthiest ingredients to make her doughnuts.Gadabout Doughnuts: Unlike other doughnut shops, Gadabout Doughnuts has a wide variety of wacky flavors such as sweet potato molasses, spiced pumpkin, and blueberry lemon, which is the best seller. “ I know we have a lot of different flavors to choose from, but one of my favorites will always be the old fashion sour cream doughnut,” Rice says.Amanda Bialk Makes Art: If you’re obsessed with polka dots and ceramics, or just polka dot ceramics, Amanda Bialk has the perfect piece for you. Amanda Bialk Makes Art: Her products range from small planters, hanging planters and jewelry dishes, with her best selling products being her teacups.Amanda Bialk Makes Art: For two years, Bialk has been making her own ceramics at home and selling them to community members.Amanda Bialk Makes Art: “I have always wanted to be an interior designer, so making my own art allows me to put a piece of me in someone’s home,” Bialk says.Amanda Bialk Makes Art

Story and Photography by Gabbie Behrmann

 

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