Goat Island Brewery

Goat Island is a landmark on Smith Lake that is famous to those who know the lake. When the founders of the brewery were growing up they didn’t have cell phones. They would get in their boats and meet at Goat Island before fishing, skiing or jumping off of Indian Head rock. Goat Island Brewing is a craft brewery with a German flare. They make German lagers, English and American Ales, and beer that does not fit neatly into any category.



Alabama Boiled Peanut Co.

Alabama Boiled Peanut Co. is a Southern Lifestyle Brand.  They are makers of the best boiled peanuts and that is their identity. But, they are also an apparel brand that takes pride in designing and screen printing  collections in downtown Birmingham. Their goal is to be a 365 degree lifestyle brand in this new retail environment.



Pizzelle’s Confections

Pizzelle’s Confections prides themselves in making small batch, hand made truffles, confections, and desserts. They tend towards the delightful side of unusual pairings and flavors that are both unique and memorable. It’s hard not to draw Charlie and The Chocolate Factory comparisons when you hear that there is a chocolatier in an old mill in Huntsville, but Pizzelle’s embodies their work as vibrant, edible works of art. Being part of the community of artists at Historic Lowe Mill, the opportunities afford them to pay  attention to detail in each batch that they make- they want you to taste every individual ingredient in each one of their creations! Pizzelle’s Confections are almost too pretty to eat, and it is clear that each confection is truly a work of art.



Forest Bear Bakery

Forest Bear is a cottage operation that makes and delivers cookies. Incredible cookies. Forest Bear was able to deliver a little bit of joy to us the other week while my fiancee was recovering from a recent surgery. We had just had a cold snap, and had placed all of our fall decorations out. As I looked at the mouth-watering options, I knew we needed a little bit of fall to kick the season off. We ended up ordering a dozen to get us through the recovery process, split between Pumpkin Snickerdoodle, Maple Pecan Oatmeal, and Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel. Forest Bear is a balance of indulgence when it comes to cookies. Delicate, not too big. Full of flavor, but not overwhelming. Again, I found myself in the predicament of not knowing which cookie option I would deem as my favorite, but just for the sake of naming one, I would highly recommend the Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel.

Forest Bear embodies the spirit of Shop Small. Check out their Instagram feed and order yourself a dozen through their Facebook!



Eden Kombucha

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Eden Kombucha is a small batch, handcrafted, artisan Kombucha company brewed and bottled here in Birmingham, AL. I reached out to Eden as I have been an avid Kombucha consumer for the past couple years. I run my own continuous brewer for my fiancee and myself, but have admittedly slacked off over the summer with travel. If you like Kombucha, you know there is something magical about connecting with both the process and the product of the fermented tea. It seems as if this narrative has carried over to Eden’s delicate care of both quality and customer intimacy for its brand.