We Opened A Shop!

Revival table

It’s no secret—Appalachia has extraordinary craftspeople. From our earliest days, when isolation forced us to make goods locally, to today, when quilts and wood carvings sell as high art, our region has been home to amazing makers.

I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of them since I started this site nearly ten?years ago, and all that?time, I imagined?opening a shop that featured?their work.

That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce?Appalachian Revival, a new home for Appalachian-made?goods. Nestled in the heart of downtown Roanoke, this little store?is selling everything from jewelry to?candles?to thumb pianos.

Below?are a just few of the terrific products you’ll find. If you’re near Roanoke, we’d love to see you. We’re?part of the makers market at Crafteria: Handmade Food & Goods, 16 W. Church Avenue, Southwest.

And if you’re an Appalachian craftsperson, we’d love to hear about?your work. Please drop a line and share a bit about what you’re making.

Outbound Supply Candle

Outbound Supply was founded by Harrisonburg, Virginia makers Irina Dovganetskiy, Dusty Burchnall, and Paul Hansbarger. They share a?commitment to?creating?high quality, all natural goods for men. Since their products are inspired by the great outdoors,?a percentage of their?sales go toward organizations that?protect and encourage access to public wildlands.

Pretty Pickle red earrings

The Pretty Pickle is a West Virginia-based jewelry brand that features real botanicals frozen in resin. The company’s owner, Megan, says the process can take weeks, but the products speak for themselves. Both delicate and natural-looking, this jewelry truly reflects our region’s?natural heritage.

Bright angle two

The Bright Angle is a collaborative pottery studio, located in?Asheville, North Carolina. Led by artist?Nick Moen, the company purchases?wood, glass, and other materials from local craftspeople who share a?commitment to thoughtfully-sourced raw goods. They describe their pieces as?“mountain-modern,” bringing a fresh perspective to Appalachia’s long craft lineage.

Green Cove Collective

Green Cove Collective?hugs the Tennessee line in Damascus,?Virginia. Led by?Scott and Alison Little, the company is crafting quality outdoor products— including these terrifically cozy socks sold at Appalachian Revival—while helping out others along the way. For every purchase, Green Cove Collective provides a meal to someone less fortunate.

Just A Jar Mountain Mama tee

justAjar?is?run by husband and wife team Sara and Bobby Rosenstock. Located in Marietta, Ohio, an Appalachian river town within sight of the West Virginia state line, the duo specializes in custom woodcut and letterpress pieces. They often work from?hand-carved wood blocks and hand-set type, using?an?antique printing presses.

5 Comments

  • Stuart Mason

    Congratulations Mark! I’ve had a retail shop, and I know how much work it can be be. best of luck in your new adventure.

  • Andrea Grenadier

    You guys, this is AMAZING! Congratulations! Can’t wait to visit! <3

  • Mark Lynn Ferguson

    Hi, Wanda. Right now, we’re focusing on the brick-and-mortar shop, but we do hope to open an online version down the road!

  • emily kelly

    Hi Mark,

    I really liked the store and struggled to remember it’s address to my most favorite server, Daniel, the other day when supping at Sidewinder’s. But I am not from here and failed. However, I can correct that when I drop by mid-June. I collect Virginia pottery — plain or fancy, pretty or ugly, ancient, real old, kinda old, brandspankin’new — you name it. Also, also am always, always, always, looking for Virginia textiles in just about any form. Anything loom woven is going to come home with me, better sooner than later. See you soon. I wish I could direct you to look for the girl with the wheelbarrow full of quarters, but annoyingly, that won’t happen until my publishing contract is signable.
    Emily

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