Tanika Harper explains why she created Harper’s Naturals skin care line.
Knoxville News Sentinel
Local makers have been hard at work in their virtual holiday workshops, so before shopping the big e-commerce sites, scroll these small business options.
“This year is a little bit different; typically there are lots of pop-up shops and opportunities to be in front of people for people who make local goods,” said Tanika Harper, creator of Harper’s Naturals. “Because those events aren’t happening, I can imagine there will be a lot of last-minute online shopping.”
Tanika Harper is the creator of the Harper’s Naturals skin care line. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )
Online orders for Harper’s all-natural, handcrafted skin care products are definitely up compared to this time last year. Every holiday, Harper’s body scrubs sell well, as do the bath bombs and natural soaps.
With winter just around the corner, Harper said it is the perfect opportunity for some self care. “Harper’s Naturals promotes skin health,” she said. “When people have time off and are enjoying family and not in the hustle and bustle, it’s time to do self-care activities. What better way to relax than in a bath and relish in the natural light and mild scents?”
Harper’s Naturals will have sales on Shop Small Day on Nov. 28 and on Cyber Tuesday on Dec. 1, and a special skincare gift set is available for purchase on her Etsy page.
Harper’s Naturals can be purchased at https://harpersnaturals.com.
Woodworker Aaron Gallagher of SoKno Woodworking has been in business for three years now, and in addition to his online store, he is a fixture at the Knoxville Farmers Market. “All of my items are handmade, and each of my products are unique,” said Gallagher.
SoKno Woodworking cutting boards come in pecan, maple and walnut and a variety of sizes. (Photo: Submitted by SoKno Woodworking)
Undoubtedly, his biggest sellers are his magnetic bottle openers. “This is a great product, particularly for men,” he said. “They can hang on a fridge or on a wall and have a magnet in the bottom to catch the bottle cap.”
Recently he completed a custom circle cutting board for a Friendsgiving and has an inventory of around 50 cutting boards in maple, pecan and walnut, in various shapes and sizes. “People are buying them for Thanksgiving and for housewarming gifts. They are definitely big sellers,” he said. “People seem to be waiting until closer to the holidays, and I expect more online traffic.”
Gallagher has been busy making more of the smaller cutting boards and his bottle openers.
That Clay Girl
Graphic designer Paige Neuhauser started That Clay Girl clay accessories business in October 2019. This Christmas, she has created the Minimalist Vibes ornament collection. “They are a fun way to dress up your tree and are a multi-use product. You can use them after the holiday season as a minimal wall hanging, door tassel or rearview mirror decoration.”
Minimalist Vibe Holiday Ornament Collection by That Clay Girl. (Photo: Submitted by The Clay Girl)
“I sell handmade polymer clay accessories, primarily focusing on hairclips and earrings,” she continued. “I wanted to create a collection that was modern and minimal. I’ve used burgundy, crimson, teal, olive, and rose gold festive colors.”
Neuhauser’s other stocking stuffers include phone grips, key chains and door tassels. “They are a fun way to dress up your door; a lot of people don’t think of decorating a door knob,” she said.
Goody Two Chews
Alex Good, owner of Goody Two Chews, not only custom decorates sugar cookies, but she also teaches cookie decorating. “I prerecord the class, then you pick up a cookie kit with everything you need,” she said. “That has been a huge hit that allows me to spread the cookie love.
“They are asynchronous and you can do them at your own pace.”
Good is currently accepting holiday orders and will host more online cookie classes during the holiday season. “I also have hot chocolate bombs and Elf on the Shelf Cookies,” she said. “I will also have cookies for holiday exchanges; just leave the work to me.”
Goody Two Chews gift cards are available, and local pickup can be arranged.
Lucy Lieu Co
Coleen Hebert launched Lucy Lieu Co in January 2020 and it evolves around two of her loves — jewelry and flowers. “I put real flowers and plants in resin for my range of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and key chains,” she said. “I also do a lot of custom work, including wedding flowers, and I am making necklaces for a family from a bouquet of flowers.”
Hebert said she forages for local flowers whenever possible. “The ferns come from my own plants, and a goal of mine for 2021 is to plant a garden of flowers,” she said.
Lucy Lieu Co has just released a Christmas-color themed collection. “They are unique gifts,” she said.
Www.etsy.com/shop/LucyLieuCo is the main hub for online ordering, but Hebert also posts product and communicates with customers via her social media, @lucylieuco.
865 Candle Company
Seasonal scented candles, such as the Wassail, followed closely by Blue Spruce, sell out every holiday, according to 865 Candle Company co-owner Anjannette Dreier. “We offer gift boxes online and you can pick and choose from our eight to 10 scents,” she said. “Our car fresheners are popular as well.”
865 Candle Company has a seasonal collection of scents from Wassail and Blue Spruce to Sweater Weather and Toasted Marshmallow. Car fresheners, hand salves and nose inhalers make good stocking stuffers, too. (Photo: Submitted by 865 Candle)
Other cozy scents available until Dec. 31, 2020, include Flannel, Toasted Marshmallow, Sweater Weather and Icicles.
“A company is buying our car fresheners for their employees, and our four-ounce candles and room sprays are other popular gifts,” she said. “Other appropriate gift ideas are the essential oil nose inhalers, prayer candles with novelty labels and CBD version of our hand salves.”
Love Me Knot Designs
Rainbow wall hangings by Love Me Knot Designs Co also make a trendy Christmas tree decoration this year. “People seem to really love them. A lot of people will buy them to hang in their car or add them to a gallery wall,” said Crystal Dempsey. “I’ve made an ornament-sized version and I’m playing around with some macrame snowflakes and wreaths for Christmas.”
Love Me Knot Designs Co can be found on Etsy, and new products and flash sales announced on Instagram @lovemeknotdesigns. “If the person is local, we can arrange pickup so they do not have to pay shipping costs,” she said. “Closer to Christmas I will offer ornament bundles for sale.”
Fiber artist Kate Turner makes boho style home décor and sells her creations on Etsy and on Instagram @shophumbld.
“I changed the name to reflect me. I finally came up with ‘Humbld’ because of the year we have been through,” said Turner. “Even through all of that, I have had a successful business. I was very humbled.”
Humbld’s Christmas ornaments can double as gift tags, and essential oils can be added to the rainbow car charms, according to Turner. Up until Dec. 2, Turner will be running a sale in her shop, and she accepts custom orders.
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