Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of March 2015

This month's hottest locally made goods, from Bee Local's smoked honey to Looptworks leather bags made from salvaged airline seats

March 2, 2015 Published in the March 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

ON THE GRILL: Available in two flavors and cold-smoked by BJ Smith of rib sanctum Smokehouse 21, Bee Local’s Smoked Honey mingles sweet with tobacco and leather notes for your next marinade. “It’s insanely good,” says Bee Local founder Damian Magista. $18


STATIONERY: The blank cards from Animalia Design feature shots of animals from all over the world in personal, vaguely human poses. Proceeds from the recycled-paper cards, created by two Portland sisters in 2012 and now in their fifth series, partially benefit the Oregon Zoo Foundation and the Portland Audubon Society. So far the pair has sold nearly 18,000 cards. “We like the idea of notecards, because they get passed on,” says Gretchen Culp. “Once you know these animals, you start to care.” $14.95 per set


CARRY-ON: Last year, when Southwest ripped out 80,000 heavy, leather airplane seat covers to help save fuel, the airline approached Portland upcycle design studio Looptworks with the leftovers—almost 40 acres of leather. Looptworks squeezed three different designs out of the material: a backpack, duffel bag, and cute convertible tote. “The bags have a vintage vibe, which is really in right now,” says Looptworks’ Scott Hamlin. $125–250


bibliophilia: March is Small Press Month—and Powell’s is pulling out the stops at the eighth-annual Smallpressapalooza, a marathon of readings from small-press authors. March 16 at Powell’s City of Books



BIG IDEA: Why commit to a single vintner’s wine club when there are so many you want to try? The Cellar 503 wine club curates a new shipment of two different red or white Oregon wines every month, to help you discover small winemakers. Starting at $45 per month

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