|1. Basil Blue Sage Cleaner
Caldrea’s Countertop Cleanser contains essential oils of basil, blue sage and rosemary and gives kitchens and bathrooms a fresh fragrance and a natural clean. Safe on granite, marble and other non-porous surfaces.
Ace Town & Country Hardware acetownandcountryhardware.com
|2. Colorful Platters
Fused glass serving ware incorporates bright colors and funky textures that add a pop to any entertaining spread. Aria Gifts, historic downtown Apex
|3. Stoneware Dinnerware
Durable cook and serving ware from Apex-based Tumbleweed beg to be displayed. Unique touches like the pie bird and honey dipper add whimsy to your everyday cooking.
|1. Super-Hot Chilies
Dried peppers offer more flavors, and more heat, than many commonly available fresh varieties. Dundicut, tien tsin and chili piquin are some of the fieriest peppers, but milder options like ancho and guajillo provide wonderfully smoky notes to almost anything.
|2. Fruit & Vegetable Toys
Introduce children to the joy of cooking with colorful wooden play food. Use the included knife to slice through halves that stick together with Velcro.
|3. Handcrafted Wood
Cutting boards, pepper mills and other kitchen goodies are as functional as they are gorgeous. Plus, they are locally made by craftsman Jay Cash.
The Wooden Knot
|4. Hands-Free Paper Towels
Save precious counter space with this under-cabinet-mounted paper towel dispenser, designed by a father-and-son team in Charlotte. A wave of the hand releases single, easy to tear sheets, and the dispenser will even retract any extras. Innovia
|5. Fruity Shot Glasses
Impress guests at your next soiree with cocktails served in fresh fruit shot glasses. The lushlife Shot Carver hollows out the perfect size in apples, pears and even watermelon. acetownandcountryhardware.com