Great gifts made in Wilmington, and the people behind them
It’s no secret that our friends at niche. Décor & Gifts always have great gifts in stock. But did you know that a lot of them are made right here in Wilmington by real Wilmingtonians?
We learned some more about these locally made gifts from a few of the small business owners who have their products in niche.
Mark Clemmons is the owner of Shucks, a shell and barnwood creations business. He says the idea for his business came about after seeing some shell creations at a farmers’ market and thinking he could create something similar on reclaimed barnwood. So, he started out doing just that and later he expanded his repertoire to include shell creations as well. All of his materials come from right here in the Cape Fear region – the Cape Fear River, Wrightsville Beach, Masonboro Island, and Topsail Beach.
Katie O’Neal is the owner of Studio K. She creates landscape paintings that feature marshes, seascapes, and any nature scene she feels inspired by. What started out as a hobby soon turned into her business around the same time the pandemic hit last year. Her success first came from selling her paintings on Instagram and now in niche. She believes people are drawn to her landscapes because they are all original and no one painting is going to be the same as another. Every brush stroke is unique.
Mason Starling is the owner of MAST Designs. She makes different designs using mostly oysters. Angels, crosses, ornaments, and nativity scenses are some of her most popular designs. Mason, a college student, says her business has been very demanding but that she has gotten positive feedback on her designs which she enjoys. She says her favorite part is getting the different oysters and seeing how each of them are different in their own way, “kind of like how people are.”
Sunrise Charge is a new line of coffee that niche. is selling. It is roasted right here, in Wilmington. Niche. owners Chris and Dede were given the opportunity to name this new line of coffee and they decided to let their sons, who are best friends, name it. The two young men, Christian and Alex, learned to surf together and decided that they wanted to tie a surfing term into the name of the coffee somehow. Dede explained that when the waves are “charging” that means it’s a good surf session, and since coffee is typically had in the morning, the name Sunrise Charge was born.
To learn more about any of these products, or anything else niche. has in their store, you can visit their website by clicking here.
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