Shop America Challenge — Local Goods from 50 States


Krrb is now part of the Apartment Therapy family! Check out the Marketplace for an even wider selection of furnishings and home decor.

Visit the Apartment Therapy Marketplace »

Made in America

Four months ago, I wrote an article highlighting some of my favorite locally-made shops from several major U.S. cities. I ended it the same way I usually do, by inviting readers to suggest other shops I didn’t cover.

Be careful what you wish for. Someone suggested highlighting shops across all 50 states, and I was immediately equal parts interested…and kinda intimidated. But a promise is a promise! So with a general guideline of business types to cover (eco-friendly, small-batch, locally sourced) and a pre-typed list of states to combat my lack of geographic memory, I went off in search.

The biggest surprise came when I would be researching states I knew relatively nothing about, and stumble upon an innovative or really cool business. If you’d asked me to name something about Nebraska, I either would have made a reference to Full House‘s Aunt Becky or an overdone corn joke. I would never have guessed that it’s also home to an awesome sustainable dairy farm/CSA/organic grocery store run by one family.

My biggest takeaway from this challenge was that there’s really no excuse not to shop locally. A quick search online can connect you to more talented local makers than those right down the street, and you’ll feel great about supporting your local economy.

Just like I normally end my articles, I’m inviting people to suggest more spots I’ve missed. But also I’m going to throw out a new challenge: after you’ve checked out these 50 awesome businesses, suggest more from your state! Let’s put locally-made sellers (literally and figuratively) on the map.

Makers from the Northeast

Makers from the Southern States

Makers from the Midwest

Makers from the West Coast