We've been on the road this summer discovering the best of handcrafted America for the launch of our new handcrafted menu. Check out our adventures. #SummerOfFridays

Words on Wheels

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.

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All in a clay’s work

Whitney Panetta is an art teacher who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She’s been teaching high school sculpture for the past five years, but when she’s not molding young hands, she’s molding her own line of ceramics.  

For Whitney, the best part of making pottery is that each piece is unique. “I like them all to be different. Slightly different sizes, slightly different aspects. I like to see my hands on them.”

She describes her work as “shabby chic. It’s kind of messy, but at the same time it has a little refined part to it.” One thing is certain; all of her work is undeniably handcrafted.

After checking her ceramics out at Crafted Westsidewe only have one thing on our minds: how good an after-dinner coffee would look in one of her mugs.

Pitch Perfect

Those who have their fingers on the pulse of the Tampa Bay music scene have, without a doubt, heard Rebekah Pulley’s smoky, seasoned voice. The prolific singer-songwriter performs regularly at local St. Pete music venues. Rebekah puts pen to paper, fingers to guitar, and vocals to microphone to craft completely original songs that will pull on your heartstrings and hit you with the cold, hard truth. When asked what her inspiration is, she replies simply, “I dunno – I just write.” We hope she keeps at it. Whether playing by herself or with her band, the Reluctant Prophets, Rebekah puts on a show worth hearing.

Showtime

From the Rolling Stones to the Atlanta Ballet, the Fox Theatre has seen it all in its 85 years. Just don’t expect a curtain call anytime soon: It remains the spot in Atlanta to see shows, movies, dance performances, and concerts. Originally intended to be a Shrine temple, the Fox has architecture – inspired by Far East mosques, Spain’s Alhambra, and Egypt’s Temple of Karnak – that alone is worth the price of admission. When you add in one of the 250-plus performing arts events per year, it’s one pit stop in A-Town that can’t be missed.

Sweet Suds

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.

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Share Your Summer Contest

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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!



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