One of the best ways to support local artisans and small businesses is to shop local. From custom lobster trap decor and sustainable clothing to beautiful sea glass jewelry, these unique and special items by local makers are sure to please.By Marina Davalos
You can wear your Plymouth pride on your sleeve with clothing and accessories from Sixteen Twenty. The company was launched in January by Alyssa Smith, who studied fashion merchandising at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, and her mother, Pam Smith, co-owner of Creative Pear Graphic Design. After taking a class on sustainability and fashion, Alyssa was inspired to create a sustainable apparel line in her hometown. Sixteen Twenty’s products are made in the United States using certified organic cotton recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (from plastic bottles). Look for their signature long- and short- sleeve T-shirts, baseball hats and beer glasses at sixteen-twenty.com.
Lost Claws Trap Company
Plymouth resident Bryan Belsito is a retired merchant sea captain who teaches ship handling at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and goes lobstering in his spare time. “I love making traps and I started playing around to see what else I could make,” says Belsito, founder of Lost Claws Trap Company. He now offers a range of unique handmade lobster trap décor items, from side tables to his signature wine bottle trap. Made out of authentic lobster trap components, they make a unique nautical hostess gift or centerpiece. Browse Belsito’s Instagram for ideas @lostclawstrapco. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Salt Designs
White Horse Beach resident Kari Devine has a knack for making unique gifts and jewelry from her bountiful collection of sea glass. She is often asked to make custom pieces. “People bring me sea glass that they’ve collected, which has sentimental value,” says Devine. “Those are my favorite projects.” The middle school art teacher frequents local beaches in her free time to search for more glittering gems to incorporate into her designs. shopseasaltdesigns.com
Coastal Artist Joan Welch
Local artist Joan Welch makes decorative art pieces using small rocks and sea glass she finds on the beach. She began by making flower designs on pieces of repurposed wood. Today, her most popular pieces are her dog “paws” and customizable family “portraits.” “I love seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when they see my work,” says Welch. You can find examples of her art at 3 Daughters Jewelry, 108 Water St., Plymouth, and Whimsical Wishes, 170 Water St., Plymouth. joanwelchphotography.com
Michael Butts and his friend Natalie Chochrek fashion locally inspired signs and decorative accessories out of reclaimed wood. They make a wide variety of custom-engraved signs for the home, office and for weddings, such as table numbers and wooden coasters with initials. Their newest offerings are etched wine and beer glasses.