5 Locally Made Goods and Gifts for Fall

These products celebrate sustainability, sustenance, and style for the season
Viska
Viska

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Viska

Ashley Duke of Viska makes backpacks for commuting and hiking using sustainable, organic materials that are hand waxed using local beeswax. The bags feature colorful hardware for a playful sense of practicality. In addition to bag making, Duke is a talented painter whose subject matter tells a story on each canvas. Milo Backpack in walnut, $295; viska.us

Seven Sundays
Seven Sundays

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Seven Sundays

Hannah and Brady Barnstable of Seven Sundays know a thing or seven about cereals. The company’s muesli made a splash, and now its new oat protein cereal is on trend as an “upcycled” product intended to reduce food waste. Made from rich protein powder reclaimed from the oat milk process, the cereal contains twice the fiber and three times the protein of regular rolled oats. Oat protein cereal, $8 for an 8-ounce bag; sevensundays.com

Jill Kittock
Jill Kittock

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Jill Kittock

Jill Kittock is an illustrator who works in ink, gouache, and digital paintings. Her wry sense of humor is seen in the details and faces of her subjects; these are people you know or certainly would like to have a drink with. She captures all aspects of cocktail culture in her work, including on tea towels. Cocktail Essentials tea towel, $25; jillkittock.com 

Sebesta Apothecary
Sebesta Apothecary

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Sebesta Apothecary

Kim Sebesta launched Sebesta Apothecary as an eco-friendly alternative to commercial body products. Focused on wholesome and sustainable ingredients, the products soothe and clean skin and hair. The Drunken Bee bar soap is a best seller, made with beer for lather and its natural antibacterial properties. The grains and hops in the beer and the local honey all moisturize. Drunken Bee soap, $7; sebestaapothecary.com

Slow Burn Candles
Slow Burn Candles

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Slow Burn Candles

Sara Wait added candle making as a mindfulness practice to her daily routine as a yoga teacher. Using local beeswax, each candle supports beekeepers while promoting pollinators and features cotton wicks for a clean burn that is good for the environment. The golden honey-colored wax pairs beautifully with funky and elevated aesthetics. Funky Taper, $30; slowburncandles.com

Jerrod Sumner is Minnesota Monthly’s aesthetic editor. His work covers all things local in the maker community. He is sought after for his understanding and promotion of the modern, American-made maker movement, and is a contributor on FOX 9 Good Day, sharing stories and goods. Follow him on Instagram @mrjerrodscott.