His love for Lake Tahoe and paddling naturally led to the creation of his small wooden stand up paddle board manufacturing company in South Lake Tahoe.
Meet Garrett Villanueva, co-owner of Sawyer Wooden Board Company.
Garrett and his partner Jacob Quinn, have extensive backgrounds in woodworking, sustainable building design (LEED certified), and a deep passion for surfing, stand up paddling and the environment.
Their handcrafted, all vegetable soaps are blended in South Lake Tahoe and made with pure Tahoe water.
Besides being locally made, the soaps contain no alcohol, artificial colors or preservatives. And, they’re highly addictive, especially when you lather up with their natural sponges. read more →
Kiss the itches goodbye, and get softer skin, relax and kick that flu with this soap and bath salts made in Incline Village.
What’s the secret ingredient? Minerals from the Dead Sea, of course!
Local designer comes full circle, reclaiming herself in the process.
From the big city lights to mountain alpenglow, Kahlil Johnson of Riverside Studios is making her mark with her signature handbags and accessories.
After learning to make shoes in 1996, Kahlil landed a job as a shoe designer in New York City in 2001. At night, she studied handbag construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Upon returning from the Big Apple to the Greenest Little Mountain Town, Kahlil started her own line of signature handbags, and accessories to boot.
Did you know…Tahoe has its own skateboard manufacturer?
Tahoe Longboards was started by Chuck Vogt in 1997 in Kings Beach. Chad Thomas, local photojournalist and woodworker, has joined Chuck as co-owner, co-fun hog, co-local entrepreneur and they have launched all new 2012 boards.
The secret to their success after 15 years going strong is unrivaled craftsmanship, and small batches of boards. The small batches allows them to maintain a tight grip on quality-control, adapt quickly and keep things fresh. (And probably go out and ride more…)
As an avid succulent collector, Barbara found it almost impossible to find suitable pots for her specimen plants.
That’s when she decided to make her own and share them with other succulent collectors (and every art lover!)
Meet Barbara Wesson of South Lake Tahoe.
Farmin’ Family – Truckee clan starts town’s first major farm
by Melissa Siig, Moonshine Ink
This article is a reprint from the Print Edition of Moonshine Ink, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.
It was a book that changed the life of the Shaw family.
Upon the recommendation of a cousin in Berkeley, the family of five got Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the seminal book about America’s food culture, on audio tape and listened to it whenever they were in the car. read more →
Over thirty years after modern ski music was born with the release of his 1985 vinyl EP, titled “Ski Patrol”, local Tahoe-based snow reporter, entrepreneur and musician Eric T. Brandt, aka: “Eric T.” has released a new single, “I Love KT”.
Lake Tahoe is home to Bakpocket Products, a unique line of ultralight, outdoor products including signature hammocks, beach blankets, eco-friendly backpacks, bags and accessories.
Founded by South Lake Tahoe locals, Bryan Burnam and Jacob Hanneman, the Humboldt State University (HSU) graduates created the first-ever Bakpocket hammock as their senior project in 2013. Since its grassroots inception, Bakpocket has expanded to create more than 20 products now sold throughout California. read more →
Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more creative, Riverside Studios has opened The Branch in downtown Truckee to showcase large scale art.
Featuring locally made furniture, sculpture, 2-dimensional paintings and photography, the gallery will give artists the space deserved for their larger pieces to stand alone.
Stop by and meet the colorful group of artists at The Branch, located at 10060 Donner Pass Road, in Truckee – of course.
When driving down the road of life, often we don’t know how good we have it, until we see it in the rear view mirror.
To help us remember the beauty of the past and the magic of the moment, Hillary Dembroff and Heather Kovac of South Lake Tahoe have created crystal hangings and jewelry charged with metaphysical and healing properties they call RearView Miracles.
Belly Dance outfits. Jewelry. Hats. Books. Clothes. Bags.
If you are looking for something truly different and locally made, visit Gaia Licious in South Shore. It’s an Unique Experiential Boutique.
Molly B of Tahoe Fire Glass has specialized in kiln fired and porcelain jewelry since 1983.
This delicate art form requires meticulous skills and talent due to the fragility of the precious materials used in the settings.
Looks like Molly is a pro!
It’s no secret at all that Tahoe and Truckee has a rich music scene.
Our year-round playground and gorgeous surroundings fuel the creative juices of local musicians, and their spirit of giving back to their community.
Bob had a great idea.
Growing up in Kings Beach you see, Bob always shared something in common with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bear.
Yes, Bob loves trash.
Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for the expecting mother?
What about a hand-painted custom belly.
Is it a Monet? No
It’s a Colbert.
I think he created a new music genre.
Through her eco-friendly handcrafted prints and cards, she has captured the art of nature and the nature of art.
Meet Michelle Murdock, printmaker, artist and owner of Quail Lane Press in Tahoe City.
Michelle’s intention is to make relief prints about the environment that do not hurt the environment.
You may have seen the little red barn along the river.
It’s the Truckee River Winery where they’ve been making wine since 1989.
The rustic beauty of logs are sculpted into some very interesting home accents by this South Shore artist.
In 1996, Craig Davies came to Lake Tahoe to snowboard.
While he was delivering pizzas, he started making candles and selling them at craft shows.
Tahoe Candle soon became a burning success.
What all started as a few pieces for themselves, has blossomed into a full line of jewelry.
Tahoe Treasures, a South Shore gem.
Here’s one for the birds. After 30 years, this Truckee local is back home and has brought a little something with him, amazing talent. Greg Zirbel, artist and owner of NeatTweets has taken his Tahoe Truckee High School woodshop skills, mixed them with his love of art, nature and a little historical lumber and turns out the most beautiful birdhouses you’ve ever seen.
Not just birdhouses, historical landmark replicas are his specialty. These functional master pieces are not just birdhouses, but function as feeders as well. Each one has a story of its own and are well documented which really adds to there appeal. read more →
Once you meet Sharon Freewoman you’ll never forget her.
A North Lake Tahoe local for 33 years, Sharon has made The Rainbow Bridge a favorite place to find locally made products and art.
Sharon has been a leading purveyor of community for our mountain town through her guiding wisdom and open heart.
Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer’s inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing the possibilities hidden beneath a thin layer of ice or snow. Acquainted with the Cold, winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, begins with a seduction and ends with a call: “Barred owl, I’m ready./Convince me of eternity.” Through her poems, Hillyer invites the reader to live more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.
Order online today at Bona Fide Books.
Tahoe Rim Trail 3rd Edition 2012, is written by local author Tim Hauserman who has hiked the entire trail, every inch. He’s biked the open sections, has volunteered to build trail sections, and is one of the biggest advocates for the TRTA.
He’s one heck of a writer too.
An avid adventurer and explorer, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two years old, and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Whether she is running, biking, hiking, swimming, paddleboarding, gardening, shoveling or skiing, you will find her getting outside daily to enjoy it.
Besides being a Tahoe enthusiast, Wendy is a homeschool mom, local artist and entrepreneur. She has lived in South Lake Tahoe since Spring 1999, and started Wendy Gems in 2011 — handmade jewelry designs, crafted using natural gemstones, Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver. Some of her favorite local businesses include Thai Orchids, Freshies, Sprouts, Nel’s Hardware, and Beads Etc. We agree! read more →
They have been creating their handwoven award-winning tapestries and rugs for almost 40 years.
Each expressive piece is made by hand, entirely original from the fleece to the finished product.
Meet the Romitis, Judith and Lawrence, of Incline Village.
Form Follows Function is her motto.
Wearable art is her way of connecting with the natural world. Recently published in a national magazine, she has attained recognition deserving of her amazing talent.
Meet Nancy Louise Olson, multi-media fiber arts and hat couture.
Have you ever wondered what form your silver mis-matched spoons or your metal wall hangings will take after the visit to the dump?
If they are fortunate enough to end up into the hands of Truckee metalsmith Jessica Hall, they will be worked with love and devotion as she resurrects them into a stunning piece of hand-crafted jewelry.
Meet Jessica at Truckee Thursdays June 16, 2011.
He’s been sharing his passion for fine woodworking and marquetry since 1973 when he moved to Truckee.
Meet Tom Beebe, master craftsman and artist.
Jenn thinks so.
That’s why this creative Lake Tahoe activist started Pantyline Productions.
Despite being mildly allergic to the sting of a bee, Gage Shaw was at ease standing in a vortex of a thousand honeybees.
This family run business has been baking organic breads in Tahoe Vista since 1983.
They’ve even made a muffin that has all the health benefits of eating fish!
It’s pretty easy to imagine that Santa delivers more skis and snowboards to Tahoe than just about any other community in the world. Multiply the local skiing population by the level of passion and you’ve gotta figure that Saint Nick’s Tahoe-bound sleigh has at least a dozen ski racks bolted on the side.
North Tahoe Toys: New Local Skis and Snowboards by Seth Lightcap is reprinted from the December print issue of Moonshine Ink.
A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.
Rhiannon Corvin-Blackburn started Elevated Creations to make her one-of-a-kind jewelry, and to have an endless means to give back to her community, specifically the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.
For Kris, the human face is a wonder of beauty. His masks are a cross of themed ideas and dreams that evolve during the creative process into the perfect alter ego.
Meet Kris Prater of Tahoe Expressions in Incline Village.
When Jacob Morrison goes wood collecting, it’s not for firewood. The Truckee native has developed a keen eye for spotting logs and limbs that are suitable for his one-of-a-kind rustic furniture pieces.
Looking for an unique, eco-friendly work of art made in your own backyard?
How about 100% recycled note cards and tree-free art featuring faeries, indigenous folklore and healing traditions from around the globe.
Although you may not be qualified to join this local army, you can at least look like one of them.
The Southshore Soldiers have started a clothing line. read more →
Can’t get enough Tahoe?
May we suggest a beautiful Tahoe landscape etched into your light fixture.
Baby clothes that are both functional and fun.
Whether you’re looking for baby clothes for that special little rocker or princess, look no further.
The beauty of recycling is artistically captured in her unique creations.
“Recycle, Re-create, Re-energize” is the theme of this highly acclaimed local artist who is fascinated with the after life of recycled products.
I knew snowboarders were creative.
But you have to meet the Automaton Agents.
This new, locally-made jewelry is light as a…well, as a piece of paper!
Or a few pieces of paper that is.