The Uncommon Life

Kentucky Derby Party Idea: Horses Can’t Spell, aka Name Your Fantasy Thoroughbred

April 29, 2016

Dear UncommonGoods and Kentucky Derby fans: We know you don’t need any more mint julep recipes. We did a search for them and came up with 600,000 pages of results. We wanted to dream up a more creative Kentucky Derby Party idea… and we think we succeeded.

Illustrated with our unique collection of Kentucky Derby drink gifts, authentic Kentucky Derby accessories and a handmade wood Kentucky Derby Game, here is our Official 2016 Kentucky Derby Party Idea.  Continue Reading…

Gift Guides

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 28, 2016

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2016 | UncommonGoodsProcrastination is rarely rewarded, but guess what, undecided gift-buyers? You’re in luck. Our spectacular selection of last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas means you don’t have to suffer from eleventh-hour anxiety. Pounce on a great present now, and you’ll make the May 8 date with time to spare. Continue Reading…

The Uncommon Life

3 Cocktails to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

April 26, 2016

Editor’s Note: Alex Abbott Boyd is obsessed with cocktails. Fascinating and colorful histories, hidden bars, innovative ingredients – he’s hooked on it all. Once he’d devoured every book he could find on mixology, he began experimenting at home with his own drink recipes. Meanwhile, hoping to become an entrepreneur, he was searching for a product he could be truly passionate about. You can see where this is going, right?

In 2012, one year out of college, Alex founded his own company, Cocktail Crate, to sell cocktail mixes based on everything he’d learned about the craft. Initially, each bottle was handmade and labeled by Alex in his home borough of Queens, and deliveries were made to local stores via the NYC subway. Today, Alex is excited to be working seemingly non-stop to bring the mixers to more and more people who appreciate a really good cocktail!

We asked Alex for some cocktail recipes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and he delivered con mucho gusto!

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Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Gabe Herz and Andy Clark

April 25, 2016

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Gabe Herz, the maker, along with Andy Clark, of our new Cold Brew Coffee Maker.

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Maker Stories

A Throne For Your Trinkets: Tracy Shea’s Pedestal Jewelry Holder

April 22, 2016

Tracy Shea | Pedestal Jewelry Stand | UncommonGoods

Tracy Shea remembers her first time. As a sophomore at Ohio’s Mentor High School she took a ceramics course and was instantly hooked. “From the minute I touched clay, it’s always been something I wanted to do,” she recalls.

She scored a partial scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of the Arts, but ended up accepting a full-ride to a different college. “My parents refused to pay for an art education,” she explains. “They were like, ‘You’ll never make it as an artist.’”

Fast forward three decades and the Garrettsville, Ohio mom of two spends her days making her popular Pedestal Jewelry Holder. The lace-imprinted ceramic stand — fitted with 50 holes to hang earrings — was born from a desire to display heirloom pieces passed down to her from her aunt. Eyeing her collection “drove me to think, people have stuff that they don’t necessarily want to throw in a drawer,” she says. “People collect stuff for a reason — there are emotional ties. So this is a special place to put things that are really special.” She puts her process — and her life as an artist — on display.

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