Meet our 2013 Audience Choice Award Finalists!


After three weeks of voting, six American Made Audience Choice Award nominees were chosen by our audience. One nominee from each of our six categories –– food, craft, design, style, technology, and garden –– advanced to the final round. One of them will win $10,000 to further their small business.

Voting to decide the Grand Prize Winner ends next Monday, September 30, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Vote every day this week for your favorite maker (each time you do, you’re entered to win a personalized book signed by Martha).

2013 Garden Finalist: The Oak Leaf

Owner Ernie Lopez designs beautiful floral arrangements highlighting color and texture. His arrangements get an extra-special finishing touch from vintage vessels he finds at flea markets.

2013 Craft Finalist:

Bored with their corporate jobs, Leo Kowal and Mary Rudakas combined their talents –– he’s tech savvy  and she’s an artist –– into a fast-growing company offering beautiful paper projects for cutting machines. With detailed 3-D decor projects, scrapbook ideas, and more, it’s easy to see how SVGCuts has amassed such a loyal fan base.

2013 Food Finalist: Feast it Forward

Focusing on the philanthropic side of food, Feast It Forward sells its own line of branded wines, chocolates and other gourmet foods. The proceeds from sales of those projects are donated to selected charities.

2013 Technology Finalist: Modern Yardage

Modern Yardage uses digital textile printers to create colorful, pattered fabrics for craft and decor projects, all printed here in the United States. A team of curated designers adds fresh patterns to the site and users can click to buy –– with supplies delivered straight to their doorstep.

2013 Style Finalist: Ella Dynae Designs

Award-winning costume designer Richelle Dynae got her start designing art-quality costumes for performances and events. In her recently launched Ella Dynae collection, she applies that flair for the dramatic to pint-sized fairy princess costumes. With her business partner, event planner and stylist Paige Showalter, the business is expanding to include a line of party supplies.

2013 Design Finalist: Grey Cardigan

Illustrator Brian Andrew Jasinski’s distinctive style of clean-lined art has earned him buzz in Cleveland, where his work has appeared in magazines, on tee shirts, and in local art galleries. His prints, letterpress cards, wrapping paper and invitations add a little whimsy to everyday life.


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