VICTORY SPORTSWEAR X STEVEN ALAN SPEED SHOE

S15_NA_S15_RUNNER_100_PD1For the past five or so summers, I have started the season off on a quest to find the perfect, simple, non-in-your face logo trainer.  A trainer so versatile that allows me to wear it on the weekends and if I wanted to feel like a rebel, I could rock them with a sport jacket at the office or even better, with a suit when I am presenting to the board of directors. Each season I start this quest and end up having to chose from the normal cast of charters, the New Balance 574, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature, or the adidas Original Rod Laver.  I am happy to say this season, even thought we are 3/4 of the way through it, I found a new brand and style to choose from.

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CUTMAPS

USA_Grey_Wall_1024x1024Artist and mechanical engineer Dan Linden has taken an industrial laser cutter and is creating works of art out of the everyday map.  While working at a roller coaster company, Dan had an idea to make use of the laser cutter in this office to create a three dimensional replication of his Columbus neighborhood on a beverage coaster to be sold at the monthly art fair.

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SQUARE TRADE CANDLES

headerThere is a little company out of Richmond VA making some great things.  Square Trade Goods Co. was created by Alan Long, in his quest to find the perfect candle.  Having no luck with the off-the-shelf candle market, Alan took it upon himself to create the quintessential campfire scented candle this world has seen.

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It took a year of trial and error, but in the end he was able to find the perfect blend of pine, cedar, wood smoke and a subtle hint of amber.  He completes the scent with U.S. grown all natural soy wax, self trimming all natural cotton wick and to top it off, each candle is hand poured in either an amber glass jar or a reusable whiskey glass.  What comes out in the end is a strong, but not overwhelming sent that can burn up to 4 hours continually.(Note:  I have left mine burn for 6-8, but I like to break the rules)

Alan has expanded his candle offering to eight (8) scents as well as expanding into hand salve and some apparel and accessories.  He has started down the path to create a nice lifestyle brand that we here at NCG can get behind.

6TH ANNUAL MADE IN USA HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

5th ANNUAL NOBLE COUNTY GOLD GIFT GUIDE
This is one post we here at NCG look forward to each year.  It’s a time were we get to showcase some great product made by great companies, right here in the USA.  This season we have selected ten items that would make any guy beam with joy if he found them in his stocking or under the tree come Christmas morning.  To sweeten the pot even more, the fine gentlemen over at Owen & Fred have agreed to donate a YOU EARNED IT solid brass bottle opener to 3 readers who leave a comment.*  If you ask me, that beats any Black Friday deal I have seen thus far.  Links to the products and where to purchase are below.
*Discloser:  Readers will be picked at random and notified via e-mail*