As we sink deeper into the winter and the holidays quickly approach, it’s the best time to think about finding gifts for loved ones in your life. Nothing says you care quite like a handmade gift. Whether it be a birthday, holiday, or any occasion; a handmade gift elevates the experience and is a far more personal gesture than something mass-produced. Handmade gifts have history, you can see the time and effort that went into creating the work, and feel the connection to the artist.
Giving a one-of-a-kind gift this season is the perfect way to honor the unique people in your life. One-of-a-kind items are inherently unique, they’re impossible to find anywhere else, you’ll be gifting an experience that can’t be recreated. The majority of our offerings at Remarkable Things are one-of-a-kind, and can only be found in our store and our One of a Kind Gift Shop.
A favorite one-of-a-kind item comes from our large collection of Basin Reclaimed wall art – each piece is created from recycled materials into beautiful and sustainable wall art. Most feature peaceful moonlit ski slopes and mountain roads, perfectly encapsulating wintertime in Vermont. Discover even more Handmade Art & Sculpture from Stowe, Vermont’s best art gallery!
Another favorite one-of-a-kind artist is Terri Logan. She creates unique and distinct handmade jewelry from hand selecting each gem and river stone to creating clasps and closures. No two pieces or stones are ever the same, each piece is entirely individual and one-of-a-kind. The attention to detail in Terri’s jewelry is unmatched and is immediately noticeable when wearing her pieces. Recently, Terri has gotten into the winter spirit creating a new snow-themed necklace design. This design features a snowflake patterned gemstone suspended from a handmade silver chain. The perfect accent piece to carry you through the coming months of snowfall.
Only in Stowe
Speaking of snow, much like Terri Logan’s handmade jewelry, the snowfall in Stowe has us feeling inspired! We’ve selected artists who remind us of our home so you can bring the joy of a Stowe snowfall wherever you may be.
Local Stowe area resident and puzzle enthusiast Kent Gardner is creating vintage puzzle sets based on popular areas around Mount Mansfield and Stowe. Any Stowe lover is sure to find an iconic scene they’ll recognize.
Stowe local Summerproof Designs creates wall art that will transport you right to Spruce peak here in Stowe. Creating sculptural wall-hanging gondolas, ski lifts, and mountain signs that will make you want to pull out your skis regardless of the locale. Still not enough skiing for you? We also have mountain and ski-themed ornaments that are perfect for hanging around the holidays to keep your ski dreams sliding.
Looking for the perfect Vermont lovers’ gift? We have a huge selection of gifts made locally as well as several Vermont-themed gifts. Find the perfect gift for your loyal Vermont resident or for the ones that have strayed away and miss the good ol’ Green Mountains. Items like Vermont-themed art, wall hanging relief maps, locally made CBD, ornaments, and puzzles are just a glance at what you can expect in our store.
Check out the Made in Vermont section of our gift shop for more unique Vermont-inspired ideas.
A new addition to our Vermont-inspired item selection are these in-house designed Vermont pillows. They are velvety soft to the touch, stain resistant and perfect for lounging. Available in blue, green, and grey, they feature a leather patch of the Green Mountain State – a perfect accent piece to show off your VT pride! We also have a square Vermont Pillow in blue.
Need something more Vermonty? Now, you can wear your favorite mountain – Mount Mansfield! It will remind you (or those you gift it to) of your Stowe adventures every time you put it on. Whether you hike, bike, or ski the trails, it’s the perfect gift for mountain lovers. It’s literally created using topographical data of Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain.
A great idea for a unique gift would be one of our handcrafted pocket knives. We carry a huge selection of finely detailed and unique designs, find one that’ll match the personality of the person you’re gifting to.
Another unique gift perfect for this season would be something from our Sticks Printed collection. These gifts are created using a high resolution photograph of an original Sticks hand drawn, painted, etched and stained piece. The result? An affordable gift based on an original artisan design.
Getting a late start on your holiday shopping? No worries, a handmade gift never feels like an afterthought. Handcrafted gifts add a personal touch, each piece is made by an individual, for an individual. Picking a unique handmade gift means you know they won’t already have one. Find a gift that represents their personality or style and leave an authentic impression they won’t soon forget.
Whatever your plans may be this holiday season if you’re giving gifts this year, leave the right impression and thank you for shopping small & handmade!
American Craft Week took place this year October 1-10, 2021. With 30 events and 100+ Vermont artists participating, there was a lot to take in! As the leaves continue to change and the nation’s largest annual craft celebration coming to a close, we decided to highlight some of the best moments of the week!
Open Studio Tours
Map of VT listing the participants of the open studio event.
In association with the Vermont Crafts Council, dozens of Vermont Artists hosted open studio events where they allowed craft enthusiasts to enter their shops and check out their studios first hand. Over 108 Vermont artists opened their doors to the public for conversation and an inside look at their process. This event was the perfect opportunity for craft enthusiasts to explore Vermont and get to know its numerous artisans. Travelers chose their own adventures, exploring with their handy craft studio maps provided by the Crafts Council.
Attendees exploring one of the Foliage Festival’s featured artists.
Stowe Foliage Festival
The annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival took place during the last weekend of American Craft Week. The festival coincides with the changing of the leaves, Vermont’s most colorful time of year. With over 150 fine artists and artisans the Foliage Festival gives craft lovers another opportunity to interact directly with artists and appreciate their work first hand. Several artists offered craft demos and other interactive events. This year’s foliage festival was a resounding success, bringing together Stowe locals as well as interested tourists from across the country in reverence of fine art and nature. More information about the foliage festival as well as other upcoming events can be found here.
Featured artist line-up
Ray Pottery display in our Remarkable Things craft store.
Here at Remarkable Things, we celebrated American Craft Week by highlighting some of our favorite artists who were participating in the event. We had the opportunity to interview artists like Jeanne Amato, Leonie Lacouette, Ray Paul and Suneera Swarup; getting to know them and better understanding their art. Interested in our featured artists? Learn more about them on our website.
We offered several events here at Remarkable Things. On Saturday owner/interior designer Susan Bayer-Fishman offered a free design sessions for Sticks furniture. The artists at Sticks are renowned for their unique and personalized handmade designs. Customers who took advantage of this event were able to collaborate with Susan to create a design that was unique and personal to them. On Sunday our other owner Stephen Fishman was available in our gallery to walk through our American Craft Week featured artists with customers in store. Stephen was able to describe the unique qualities of each artist and highlight the time-honored techniques utilized in their work.
Though American Craft Week may be at its end, we aren’t done celebrating! At Remarkable Things we celebrate American crafters every day in both our home and craft stores. Interested in seeing what we have to offer? Check us out on our website!
Happy Pride! Stowe’s First Pride Day on August 22, 2021 kicks off Vermont Pride Week, August 28 – September 5, 2021. Celebrate and support the LGBTQIA community Stowe-style! Beginner-friendly mountain bike rides, guided hikes, spa goodies, a tea dance, signature lattes and our one-of-a-kind cups of inspiration all await.
Remarkable Things Celebrates Stowe Pride Day
With every purchase of a ZPots Cup you’ll receive a pouch of pocket heart charms to share. Each cup offers a heartful message of inspiration the whole year long: A Cup of Love. Courage. A Cup of Amazing. Believe. A Cup of Grace. For the potter, the “art” of their work is not the work itself, but the experiences, moments, and “genuine feeling that happens when you are with them, give them and receive them. That is the art.” And our pocket charms are simply the best! A small token that goes a long way towards brightening someone’s day. We hope you enjoy them!
Here’s How and Where to Celebrate and Support the LGBTQIA+ Community
Joining Remarkable Things to celebrate Stowe’s First Pride Day on August 22, 2021 will be: Lake Champlain Chocolates with a Stowe Pride Day Photo Op Ranch Camp with beginner-friendly mountain bike rides around the Stowe hollows followed by lunch at The Backyard Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft with every Zpots Cup purchase receive free pocket heart charms Round Hearth Café & Market Place with signature latte proceeds benefitting Pride Vermont Spruce Peak with optional guided hike donations benefitting Outright Vermont Stowe Cider with a “sweet and fizzy fete” Tea Dance with DJ Craig Mitchell! Stowe Visitor Center on Main Street will be accepting donations for Pride Center of Vermont and offering recommendations on things to do
Celebrate Best of Stowe 2021 with Remarkable Things & Remarkable Home
Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft is excited to co-sponsor Best of Stowe 2021! Happening during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Stowe Vibrancy event features the best Stowe offers – from creative and cultural delights throughout town, artisan vendors on Main Street to internationally acclaimed jazz on the Village Green.
In Addition to All the Festivities, Come Celebrate with Us!
“Stronger Together” Best of Stowe Glass Ball, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This commemorative glass ball is known as the Tree of Unity, an enchanting gift and everlasting reminder that our community is “Stronger Together.” Normally priced at $25, we’re offering a special price of $15 for the first 50 customers on 5/29 only. Available at both Remarkable Things and Remarkable Home.
“Make Your Own Kaleidoscope”, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring the kids or be a kid again and learn how to make your own paper kaleidoscope to take home for free! Happening at Remarkable Home only, 34 S. Main Street, on the front porch, while supplies last.
And, don’t forget! From noon to 3 p.m., you can enjoy Vermont Jazz Trio on the Village Green with local jazz treasures: the internationally acclaimed Ray Vega, Remi Sevard on piano, Jeremy Hill on bass and percussionist Peter Schmeekle.
In partnership with Stowe Vibrancy, we hope you can join us to appreciate all Stowe has to offer artistically, culturally and musically. For more event information, visit Best of Stowe at Stowe Vibrancy.com.
Our highest priority is providing you a safe and fun shopping experience at Remarkable Things and Home. After that, we want to ensure you receive the same fantastic service and handmade products you have come to expect from us.
We look forward to seeing all our friends, familiar (but masked) faces, and new visitors coming through our doors.
• Thorough cleaning will happen before and after retail hours every day.
• All our staff will do a health screening and temperature check before we allow them to work.
• All staff will wear masks while inside the store.
• Staff will also continue with frequent and vigorous hand washing throughout the day.
During the Day
• We sanitize with steam or approved products throughout the day on high touch surfaces. This includes credit card machines, jewelry counters, doorknobs, clothing, and furniture.
• To support social distancing guidelines, we now limit the number of people inside to our posted 50% capacity. We also have walking direction arrows on the floor.
• For both staff and visitors: If you have any COVID or flu symptoms, please do not come in.
• We are asking all customers to wear a mask while in our shop. If you forget your mask, we are happy to provide you one. We also have a nice collection of special mask designs you can purchase for yourself or as gifts.
• We also request all clients and staff use our provided hand sanitizer when they enter.
• Please wait in the entryway if you see several people inside.
• Credit or debit payments are encouraged.
• We do offer curbside pickup by calling ahead (802-253-4693) or placing an order online.
• Our web manager and staff have upgraded our website with enhanced navigation, more products and a smooth, quick checkout system. You can also request curbside pick up and complimentary gift wrapping.
Masked staff inside Remarkable Things holding jars of food they will put in a donation box for the Waterbury Area Food Shelf.
• We have installed an oversized sneeze guard across the checkout counter, a credit card machine that customers can use with limited touches, new HEPA grade air purifiers, and created an enclosed entryway/waiting area if the store is at capacity.
• Our public restrooms are now closed. We apologize for the inconvenience. (There are public restrooms at the gas station next door and alongside the Mercantile building on Main Street.)