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Makers Movement

An item created by a true artisan just exudes passion. You can physically see the beauty, feel the ingenuity, and nearly breathe in the hard work that was poured into the piece. Behind these pieces, lies their creators. The people who have spent countless hours putting pen to paper, envisioning the outcome, and meticulously crafting it with their hands. These endlessly dedicated and devoted people are members of the makers movement. A movement that inspires creation and encourages joyful hobbies to become career paths. In Butler County, we are surrounded by these gifted makers, here are just a few:

 

Sara’s House

 

What They Make

Repurposed home décor such as light fixtures, end tables and coffee tables, bottle openers, handbags, jewelry, and more.

About the Maker

When you walk Sara’s House in Hamilton, you feel like you’re walking into your best friend’s trendy, high-rise apartment. Every piece is so beautifully eclectic and brimming with innovation. Many of the pieces nestled in the shop are created by Sara’s own family. Her husband transforms antiques like rotary telephones and film cameras into striking light fixtures and her son converts vintage golf clubs into bottle openers. The rest, Sara sources from other local artisans.

 

Sara's House light fixture

Photo: sarashousehamilton.com

 

Secretly Shabby

 

What They Make

Refurbished furniture, gifts, custom-made signs and they teach furniture painting classes.

About the Maker

Secretly Shabby’s Lisa Weaver is a refurbished furniture enthusiast. She happily embraces worn and forgotten dressers, cabinets, and desks with open arms. With a little patience, inspiration, and delicate brush strokes of her Dixie Belle Mineral Paint, Lisa breathes new life into what were once bare and discarded pieces of furniture. Wanting others to reach their full repurposing potential as well, Lisa teaches furniture painting techniques right inside her Hamilton shop!

 

Secretly Shabby dresser

Photo: Facebook @ Secretly Shabby

 

Miss Selby’s Soap

 

What They Make

Organic soap, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, body butters, candles, lotions, lip balm, body mist and more.

About the maker

The making of Miss Selby’s essential oil infused soaps stems from a deep place of love and empathy. Owner, Renee Selby, began creating all natural, locally made soap after her daughter was diagnosed with a skin condition that was easily irritated by name brand products. Renee crafts her soaps in 80 bar batches, passionately ensuring that the unmatched quality never wavers. With dozens of scents to choose from in addition to an entire line of bath bombs and body care products, Miss Selby’s Soaps in Middletown is your one-stop shop to blissful relaxation.

 

Miss Selby Soap

Photo: Instagram @missselbysoap

Unsung Salvage Design Co.

 

What They Make

Screen printed T-shirts and repurposed furniture.

About the Maker

Unsung Salvage Design Co. encapsulates all things unique, repurposed, and antique in their Hamilton shop. Using traditional techniques and immense precision, owner Dondi Carter screen prints detailed, one-of-a-kind t-shirts. The shirts adorn dozens of different designs and you even have the option of a “live printed” tee; meaning, you pick your shirt color and design, and Dondi will screen print the custom threads right before you.

 

Unsung Salvage Design Co.

 

Haute Fusion

 

What They Make

Fused glass art and teach glass fusion classes to beginners and experts.

About the Maker

John Ferrando, Haute Fusion owner and glass art instructor, is fascinated by the complexities and malleability of glass. In his Middletown studio, he carefully designs, cuts, and layers pieces of glass before placing them into a blazing hot kiln to become a completely original work of art. If you’re interested in delving into this unfamiliar medium, reserve your spot in one of John riveting, hands-on classes.

 

Haute Fusion glass plate

 

Oxford Coffee Company

 

What They Make

Coffee, delicious coffee.

About the Maker

The smooth and comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee greets you at the door of Oxford Coffee Company. All of their beans are slow roasted in-house and sourced from Ethiopia, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. Owner and coffee connoisseur, Robert Thurston, visited each country to understand roasting techniques and master the flavor profile. He genuinely appreciates a perfectly crafted cup of Joe and knows his customers do too.

 

Oxford Coffee Company

Photo: Oxford Coffee Company

 

 

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