Author Archives: Tina Polito

50 in 50: Florida: Rifle Paper Company

Rain threatens once more here in already-soggy Nor Cal. As the gathering clouds throw darkness across my laptop’s screen, a quick search shows it’s 80 degrees in Florida, the subject of today’s post. Scrolling through the 45 manufacturers listed on … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Delaware: Muskrat, Moon Suits and Mint Jelly? Oh My.

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, and has since promoted itself as “The First State.” Thanks, Wikipedia. I’d always thought of Delaware as The Incorporation State. I stand corrected. In … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Connecticut: Buttons, Balls, Bells…and Blandings

Mention Connecticut and–at least for those of us who love old movies–the Hollywood-circa-1940’s version of the place takes over. Think Christmas in Connecticut, Holiday Inn and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse. Although 100 percent filmed in southern California, the classic New England … Continue reading

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50 in 50: CAMJ’s Top 5 Products Made in Colorado

As luck would have it, ColoradoBiz Magazine’s annual “Made in Colorado” issue came out yesterday–just in time for a slightly-panicked blogger in need of good, locally-made stuff (no, not that kind of stuff…) to write about. Showcasing an impressive 250 Centennial … Continue reading

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50 in 50: California…Wine, Almonds, Hollywood Movies…

First, a rant… My beloved California is home to an embarrassment of riches. Beautiful climate, abundant agriculture and, of course, legions of bright, inventive, entrepreneurial souls who create the products that make our lives easier, fashionable; more entertaining. Apple iPhones, … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Arkansas / Top 5 Picks for Great Products Made in “The Natural State”

Top 5 Picks for Great Products Made in “The Natural State” #1) Arkansas-Grown Cotton You’d think it’d be easy to find Arkansas-made cotton apparel. After all, the Natural State ranks 3rd in the nation for its cotton production: In 2014, … Continue reading

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PS: Hey, Arizona…Happy Valentine’s Day!

Short, sweet (pun intended) post. Couldn’t leave the Grand Canyon State in the copper-colored desert dust without remembering that it was admitted to the USA on Valentine’s Day: February 14, 1912. See? If I hadn’t started this project, I never … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Arizona

We had no system. We didn’t even know that we’d started a manufacturing company. We just wanted to bake the best brownies in the world and be friends and have a good time… —Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz, Co-Founders, Fairytale … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Alaska

I’ll wake up in the middle of the night during the wintertime and I’ll have just dreamt about that big catch. —Robert Beedle, Copper River salmon fisherman It’s disorienting, this state-to-state relocation, this alphabetically-determined switching of mental gears from the … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Alabama

These quilts…represent a tradition that has been passed on for a number of generations in a very small area in America, in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The quilts reflect the history of that area and of this country…[they ask us to] … Continue reading

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