7 Birmingham makers that launched their business since Covid

smiley AL stickers
How cute are these stickers? Photo via Smiley AL Goods Instagram

Today we’re highlighting 7 Birmingham makers who help the Magic City keep the creative spark. To find your new faces, keep reading.

1.Eric Poland- Smiley AL Goods

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These perfectly capture Alabama’s happy energy. Photo via Smiley AL Goods Instagram

Eric Poland has turned a simple design into some of the coolest apparel in Birmingham. His smiley face- Alabama design is available on stickers and t-shirts. You can find Eric’s smiley face apparel along with other Alabama-themed works on his Etsy site.

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2.Defne Ozturk- Solilio & Co

resin trays with gold adoration
The perfect fall decor to add to your home. Photo via Solilo & Co Instagram

Defne Ozturk is one of Birmingham’s most unique makers. She made her way to the magic City all the way from Istanbul. Now, she is a master at creating beautiful, aesthetically pleasing pieces. Her resin pieces range from jewelry to dishes and adorned bookmarks. Her Halloween pieces are available now so it’s the perfect time to get ready for the spooky season.

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3.Jordan Maxey- Village Apothecary

Village Apothecary’s fall line has amazing scents. Photo via Village Apothecary’s Instagram.

Jordan Maxey is the solution to every candle lovers addiction. Through her business Village Apothecary, Jordan creates coconut wax-based candles that look great in every home. Her fall scents include scents toasted pumpkin spice, white birch and a yummy sugar plum cashmere. Be on the lookout for product drop announcements. These babies sell fast.

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4.Lori Moore- Art by Lori Moore

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Lori Moore’s art is a trip through history. Photo via Art by Lori Moore Instagram

They say “jack of all trades, master of none,” but Lori Moore proves them wrong. Whether you’re a fan of graphic design pieces, 2D or mixed media artwork, Lori Moore has a unique piece for you. My favorites are her glamorous renaissance styled pieces.

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5.Carlo Rezzonico- Studio Al Ponte

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This customized cutting board made a beautiful gift. Photo via Carlo Rezzonico’s Instagram

Swiss-born woodworker and furniture maker Carlo Rezzonico isn’t new to his industry but, his business Studio Al Ponte is new to Birmingham. Carlo is one of Birmingham’s makers that creates for other Birmingham makers. You can spot his work in Little Professor of Homewood and Tropicaleo. If you’re interested in learning from a great, look out for his next class with Red Mountain Makers.


6.Andrew-Redbeard Honey

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Did you know local honey can combat allergy issues? Photo via Redbeard Honey Instagram

I’m obsessed with honey so I was super excited when I stumbled upon Redbeard Honey. Redbeard Honey is run by the original Redbeard-Andrew Artmann. Their first harvest was just June of last year and this year, their small-batch honey sold out in just one day.


7.Lauren Bedford & Chelsea Graff Vines- Lemon and Vine

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The perfect gift housewarming gift. Photo via Lemon and Vine Instagram

Lauren Bedford and Chelsea Graff Vines are the power duo of ceramics. Together, these Birmingham makers run Lemon and Vines, a handmade ceramics company. You may have seen their work at Birmingham Art Walk but if not, it’s all on their Instagram. They offer everything you could imagine from mugs and bowls to garden stakes and catchall trays. You can even custom order a full dish set!


Are you planning on buying from these Birmingham makers? Share what you get with us @BhamNow.

Katiana Banks
Katiana Banks

Marvel-loving, cardio-hating senior at UAB. ✨

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