We are back! Welcome to part three of Shop Small and Support Washington Creatives Amidst Coronavirus. This week I am talking about three businesses that I have been obsessing over on social media for way too long. Let’s start!
“Inspired by the breathtaking views of the Pacific Northwest and a pair of problematic, dull hiking socks, Rami Nasr set out to create a sock that allowed hikers to feel supported, From the Ground Up, on their adventures. Socks as tough as the hike, but as beautiful as the view.”
They offer eight different designs, including Mount Rainier and Mount Pilchuck Lookout Tower. They also offer merino wool compression socks which are ideal for wicking away moisture on your next hike.
Socks for Docs is an easy way to help support healthcare workers across a variety of states. Six pairs of socks costs $60 instead of their normal $144, and these compression socks will be sent out on your behalf.
“Healthcare professional(s) are on their feet 16-18 hours a day. Comfortable socks are highly sought after in the medical field for their health benefits and durability. That’s why we are offering wholesale pricing on every case of our socks going to hospitals. This helps support us and supports our healthcare workers during these tough times. Just select your healthcare facility, place your order, and we’ll take care of the rest.”
Anchored NW Candle Co. based in Spokane is using this chance for us to “Quarantine & Chill” with their latest candle. With notes of ozone, citrus, sea salt, jasmine, violet, cedar, powder and light musk, this soy wax candle will help calm anyone who is feeling lousy during this time.
Each candle they make is hand poured, the old-fashioned way. They burn for 60 hours, with a wood wick. Wood wicks burn slower and longer than typical cotton wicks. Wood wicks have nearly zero carbon buildup which means no soot — the wood for the wicks is also sourced sustainably in the U.S.
Other fun scents include: Date Night, Summer Sangria, Girls Night Out, Island Life and Don’t Bug Me.
They also have collegiate candles, which would make for a nice graduation gift. Schools include Gonzaga, Washington State University and the University of Washington.
We love that every step in their production process is done by hand: pouring, labeling and shipping all in nearby Spokane.
Skyline Printworks was founded by Sarah Finger in Bellingham. Her time studying geology and printmaking at Whitman College helped fuel her passion. Studying minerals, geomorphology, hydrology and other earth processes also holds a strong influence over her work.
So, what does she make? Everything! Her collection includes beautiful totes stamped with hand-carved designs, prints, zipper canvas bags, tea towels and stickers.
Personally, I am obsessed with her kohlrabi tea towel that is printed on an American-made towel out of 100% cotton, and gives recognition to a highly underestimated vegetable.
Sarah also uses nontoxic ink on her hand carved blocks, and prints on “hand on archival, hand-torn papers” in small batches. Check out her Instagram for her latest designs and projects which also include mini-notebooks and tutorials.
Photos: From the Ground Up Socks, Anchored NW Candle Co. and Skyline Printworks