Buying Local: Gift Ideas That Are Yummy & Beautiful

By KPass | buying local

Dec 15

This year there are so many reasons to bring a smile to the loved ones on your gift list, and you can do that while you also support local businesses and artisans!  We have picked three more options to highlight that include yummy treats and beautiful creations.  Each offers easy ways to buy and give unique gifts for the holidays.  Remember your favorite local shops, artisans, and cafes this year as you work through your gift lists for the holidays.  It means the world to your friends and neighbors who bring so much to the community.

Ullery’s Ice Cream, Depot District

For over 27 years, Ullery’s Ice Homemade Cream has been a local family-run business offering their sweet dessert throughout Ohio and Indiana at fairs and festivals. Seven years ago, they opened their retail store in the Depot District.  Ullery’s now offers up to 20 different flavors and also carry Dairy Free Sorbets, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Flavors.  They also offer wholesale and catering options.

Ullery’s also has created signature flavors for four colleges and universities as well as for radio personalities, the Meltdown Festival and Richmond Police Department fundraiser, and carry seasonal flavors like Peppermint stick and Eggnog.  Mmmmmm… (did we mention their ice-cream is delicious?)

You can order Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream LLC egift cards- now wouldn’t that be a treat for the holidays for all your ice cream lovers.

Mandy Ford Art & Illustration

Mandy Ford is an illustrator, lettering artist, and creative teacher who specializes in happy and hope-filled artwork that encourages your soul to live an authentic life.
You can find her artwork on stickers, greeting cards, art prints, printable products for scrapbooking and paper crafting, and products such as mugs and tote bags.
She is also the creator of the Soul Care Creatives Club, which opened for membership this month! You can find out more about Mandy, purchase her products, and enroll in her classes through her website and her Esty shop.

Carol Sexton Art

Carol Sexton’s art has been displayed in art museums and at art shows in the area and her paintings of succulents and plants stand out as a realistic portrayal of the beauty in nature.  Carol can also capture the personality of a beloved pet, specializing in Pet Portraits. (see picture).
Living in Richmond since 1987, Carol studied fine arts in college and graduate school, as well as earning a Mdiv degree from Earlham School of Religion.
In addition to drawing and painting, her creative interests include ceramics, sculpture, stone carving, calligraphy.  (she does beautiful calligraphy on wedding certificates).  If you would like one of Carol’s pieces of fine art to give to a loved one, (or to gift yourself), you can contact Carol via Facebook or Instagram: Carol Sexton’s Art. Or by email: carolsextonart@gmail.com.
For more ideas for buying local you can look here and here on GoWayneCounty.com.  We have been highlighting local businesses and artisans through the month of December 2020 as we do every year for the past 11 years.  Please remember your favorite shops and artisans this season!  Happy Holidays & A Very Merry Christmas!

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.