Mitzi Gordon was always bookish. So it’s not surprising that her spare time is spent in the book trade. Her passion for reading, writing, and all things literary is boldly evident in Bluebird Books, which she proudly describes as a “mobile station of inspiration.” To find it, just look for the bright blue converted school bus roaming the streets of Tampa, Florida.
If you’re looking for this season’s “it” accessory, you won’t find it in a Neva Opet bag. “My idea is, you can just wear [these handbags] forever,” says Rachael Riedinger, the Atlanta-based designer behind the Neva Opet brand.
What do hand-dyed canvas purses, bee pollination, and the collapse of the world’s food supply have in common? Just ask Atlanta-raised designer Laura Shope, founder of design studio Very Fine South and maker of very fine, 100 percent handcrafted goods.
When University of Colorado at Boulder roommates Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney moved to Atlanta in 1996, the city had just about everything. Action. Energy. Heck, that summer it even had the Olympics. But it was missing one thing: a hopping craft beer scene. With some West Coast brewing know-how they gained at the American Brewers Guild in California, they set out to change that – with SweetWater Brewing Company.
If you like summers, road trips, and winning stuff, enter our Share Your Summer Contest, and you could score a bunch of handcrafted swag we picked up on our Summer of Fridays road trip. Post a photo of your favorite summer road trip moment on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, and tag it #ShareYourSummerContest for your chance to win. Just enter before September 5. Read more for the official rules. Good luck!