It’s down to the wire for five Minnesota-based companies vying for Martha Stewart’s 2015 American Made awards. Now in its fourth year, earning a Martha Stewart seal of approval is like the Academy Awards for makers. It can make a company.
The public has until Oct. 19 to vote for the Audience Choice Award Winner, which will be announced on Oct. 23, along with nine winners selected by Martha Stewart editors. The 10 will each receive $10,000, a trip for two to New York to attend the American Made Summit, a chance to be featured on marthastewart.com and help to move their business forward.
Here are Minnesota’s nominees:
Woodchuck. We’ve been following Ben VandenWymelenberg since his first laser cut wood iPhone cases. Now his Minneapolis based company produces all kinds of custom wood products, from journals to etched world maps.
Hi Little One. It's listed as Denver-based, but Maggie Allen is the Minnesota-based half of this modern line of playful personalized baby apparel and gifts.
Tattersall Distilling. Elevating spirits to an artform. Dan Oskey spent years crafting cutting edge cocktails for Twin Cities restaurants before opening his own distillery and cocktail bar in Northeast Minneapolis.
Barkley’s Bistro. Jamie Compton’s St. Paul-based company produces farm to dish chef inspired treats for four legged foodies.
Buttermilk Basin. Stacy West of Spring Lake Park feeds the "creativ soul" with vintage-inspired wool applique and quilting patterns, and more.