Small States Stories January 19, 2016

Grovemade’s new entryway collection brings handcrafted charm to your home

We first introduced you to Grovemade back in the fall of 2014 when we took a look at its beautiful handmade desk collection. Since then, they’ve introduced new Apple-centric accessories and continued to expand into different product categories. Just recently, Grovemade released the new Entryway Collection that takes its classic styling and brings it to the walls of your home.

There are four different products in this collection. In classic Grovemade fashion, each is available in a walnut or maple finish. There is a mirror ($119) trimmed in hand-sanded and polished wood, as well as a matching catch-all ($129) that is padded with felt to provide a soft landing spot for your keys, wallet or device. Additionally, Grovemade has crafted a wall planter ($99) and coat hooks ($39) that use similar design cues. Full gallery below.

The entire collection is available for purchase today directly from Grovemade.

Small States Stories November 25, 2015

expiredDODOcase 35% off sitewide: iPad Air 2 multi-angle case $62 shipped (Reg. $80), Apple Watch & iPhone accessories, more

DODOcase is offering shoppers a rare 35% off discount sitewide with promo code BEST35 on all of its accessories. Today’s promotion is the strongest discount that we’ve seen all year. Shipping varies by item, but generally runs around $10.

If you’re not familiar with DODOcase, it’s one of the pre-eminent Apple accessory makers in the United States. Learn more about this San Francisco-based company in our Small States feature from last year. Our top-pick from the sale is DODO’s classic iPad Air 2 case in multiple colors for $51.97 + $10 shipping (Reg. $80) after the promo code is applied. This iPad case features a multi-angle design that looks like a book on the outside and is hand-stitched. It has cut-outs for all every port and features Smart Cover functionality.

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Small States Stories September 19, 2015

Update (9/26 4:00pm): @CodyMcDavis is our winner – thank you to everyone that entered our contest.

It has been a big month for Apple devices, with new iPads, iPhones, Apple TV and impending updated software releasing across all platforms. With multi-tasking coming to Apple’s tablets, it’s as powerful as ever for professionals that create content on the go. All of this technology means that we’re carrying around more gear than ever.

One of our favorite products for hauling this gear comes way of Los Angeles and This is Ground. The recently released Mod Laptop 2 features top level craftsmanship and an acute attention to detail. With space for all the aforementioned gear this new leather bag checks all the boxes for us.

Read on for more details and to learn how you can win a Mod 2 Laptop in your choice of color and style.

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Small States Stories September 12, 2015

Update (9/19 2:00pm) @kevincastillo is our winner, thank you for reading!

In case you didn’t know, we’re big fans of American made products around here. One of our favorite brands comes way of Portland, Oregon. Schoolhouse Electric has been pumping beautiful home goods out of their old school factory for years. If you’re in need of a unique piece to set your living room or kitchen a part, these are the guys you need to look up.

This week, we’re giving away one of Schoolhouse Electric’s new Kennedy Clocks. Read on to learn how you can win one for yourself.

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Small States Stories September 2, 2015

We first detailed the story behind Tucker and Bloom’s East to West Messenger Bag back in November of last year. Since then, the father and son team has continued to build out their brand with new stylings and updates to some older classics. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the newly released East to West XL Messenger Bag.

Aside from its Made in America backstory, I was particularly impressed with the level of craftsmanship on the smaller East to West offering. Head below to see if the updated and larger version passed our test.

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Small States Stories August 18, 2015

This is Ground announces new Tech Dopp Kit made by hand in LA

We’ve long been fans of Los Angeles’ This is Ground and its handmade homes for your Apple gear and other technology. Today, they’ve announced a new all-in-one home for your headphones, cables and other accessories. The Tech Dopp Kit is available today in two sizes and three colors at $150 and $199 respectively.

This zip-up organizer has built-in homes for up to six cords, multiple chargers, headphones and more. It reminds us of This is Ground’s flagship Mod 2, but with more flexibility for storing other gear. The Tech Dopp Kit is available for ordering today, although it’ll take up to two weeks to ship due to demand.

Small States Stories July 17, 2015

Since Apple Watch was released back in the Spring to varying degrees of fanfare, accessory companies have been rushing to develop and ship their own products for this new timepiece. There have been different levels of quality and styles that charge, hold or store Apple Watch. While the low-end market has been flooded with plastic charging solutions, we have not seen as many options that mix natural materials with Apple’s latest device.

Today we’ll be looking at DODOcase’s $100 Charging Stand for Apple Watch that is made from USA-sourced wood and is handcrafted in San Franciscoexpand full story

Small States Stories July 15, 2015

There are a few companies that we’ve come across that really standout in our search for the best gear for our readers. One of those is Brooklyn-based headphone manufacturer Grado Labs. We’ve shared their story before, highlighting the attention to detail that goes into every pair of headphones in their handcrafted line of products.

Today Grado has announced a new a line of headphones that pay special attention to the family’s heritage from Brooklyn. expand full story

Small States Stories July 11, 2015

Update (7/18 7:30pm): @jamesthomasbyrd is our winner, thanks for entering the contest!

We have highlighted many talented companies, groups and individuals in our Small States series as the artisan subset of American manufacturers has seen a rebirth over the last decade. Not only are there quality goods being handcrafted on a daily basis from Brooklyn to Portland, people are changing their lives around just to pursue a passion of creating beautiful products with their hands.

Erol Chandler is no exception to this movement. After a career that has included two Master’s Degrees, a stint as a middle school science teacher and truck driver, it was time to start a new adventure. At thirty years old and armed with a lifetime of interest in making things by hand, A-Lamp Design was born in Oregon. Now, Erol is taking to Kickstarter to share his skills and bring a little light to everyone’s home.  expand full story

Small States Stories June 28, 2015

Update (7/4 12:01pm): @ScottTodd77 is our winner, thank you to everyone that entered our contest this week.

Chances are, your desk looks like a mess. Pens scattered everywhere, notepads strewn about and a terrible looking mouse pad you got for free. It’s time to get your act together and look like the boss you really are.

Luckily, Owen and Fred is here to help you out. One of our favorite American-made companies is back with a killer new line of accessories – the Desk Essentials – that will make your workspace more efficient and better looking. Head below for more details on how you can outfit your workspace with this new collection expand full story

Small States Stories June 20, 2015

Update (6/27 12:15pm): @cheeyi is our winner, thank you for entering our giveaway.

Earlier this month, Grovemade announced the newest member of its desk collection: the Trackpad Tray. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the Walnut rendition that wraps Apple’s Magic Trackpad in a beautifully crafted piece of wood. Grovemade has taken extra steps to deliver a one-of-a-kind American made home for one of our favorite Apple accessories.

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Small States Stories June 10, 2015

Update (6/18 11:45am): @kbranch is our winner – thanks to everyone for entering our giveaway!

With most Apple Watch orders finally being fulfilled, the accessories market for the new timepiece is beginning to take shape. We have already reviewed a handful of options for keeping Apple’s latest device charged and displayed. While these products offer unique solutions to power management, there is still room for developing this product category.

DODOcase, purveyors of handcrafted goods in San Francisco, is leaning on its talents to create a dock for Apple Watch and iPhone whether your on the road or at home. We’ve spent a few weeks with the Dual Charging Dock Organizer, head below for our full review and details on how you could win one for yourself. expand full story

Small States Stories June 2, 2015

Grovemade is back at it again with a new addition to its handcrafted line of accessories for Apple products. This time, the Portland-based company is releasing a new home for Apple’s Magic Trackpad. Appropriately named the ‘Trackpad Tray’, this product fits right in with Grovemade’s Desk Collection. expand full story

Small States Stories May 9, 2015

Update (5/16 12:01pm): Our winners are: @snazzyq, @yozh, @Demonoid55, @i3erica – thanks everyone for entering our giveaway!

As we continue to cover companies that manufacture in the United States, a recurring theme has come forward. Many of these brands do not have the resources of larger companies, while that may have some downfalls, it also pushes them to think outside of the box and do more with less.

A lot of the products that we feature in Small States have a simplistic design that achieve the same goal as much more complex offerings. Generally, these solutions are more complementary of the minimalistic design found in many household products.

One Los Angeles-based startup that we recently came across is a wonderful example of this. Feltmark manufactures beautifully simple lights that manage to look stylish without much in the way of extras. It truly is an example of the “more is less theory” and today we get to share these products and give a few away as well: expand full story

Small States Stories April 25, 2015

Update (5/2 12:00pm): @tweakmedia is our winner, thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway.

As Apple’s lineup continues to grow, more users are finding themselves using one device at home and one on the road. Because of that, we are seeing more home workstations in need of customization.

If you’re like myself, then an external monitor attached to a MacBook Air is the solution to this problem. The struggle of this setup is the height differential between each display. If you’re someone that sits at a desk all day, this is an issue that is certainly noticeable (and annoying!).

Grovemade, a Portland-based company, recently announced its own solution to this problem. Over the last few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Walnut Laptop Stand. Head below for more details and to find out how you could win one yourself… expand full story

Small States Stories April 7, 2015

Our technology deserves a nice accessory, something to complement the beautiful curves and lines of the device. We are big fans of well made add-ons that come with a story and there may be no better company in America at doing that than Grovemade. Today, the Portland-based company has introduced a new stand that gives the MacBook a little boost, crafted from locally sourced materials here in the United States. expand full story

Small States Stories April 4, 2015

Update (4/11 9:00am): @jimmiebjr is our winner – thank you to everyone that entered our contest, and for reading!

This is Ground has made another foray into the iPad accessory world, this time updating its Mod case with new styling and inserts. When we last featured the Los Angeles-based manufacturer, it was riding the success of its line of products meant to complement both professional and casual environments.

Since then, This is Ground has expanded and found more ways to bring together form and function into quality America made products. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the newly released Mod 2: expand full story

Small States Stories March 28, 2015

Update (4/4 11:45am): @iamcoxnow is our winner, thank you to everyone that entered this week’s giveaway!

Since we last visited with TM1985, the New York-based bag and accessory maker has continued to expand its line of products. This week, we’ll be taking a look at the Weekend Duffel, a new travel solution from TM1985 that aims to put a little more style in your luggage game. expand full story

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