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National Handmade Day: 8 Local Mama-Owned Businesses

In honor of National Handmade Day, we want to celebrate our locally owned handmade businesses and our neighbors right here in Tampa. Check out these 8 local, mama-owned, handmade businesses that we love!

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Minnie Sweet's

Jenetta has been working with chocolate since she was a little girl with her mother. She began working with chocolate and fruit and turning it into art when she became a mother in 2006, in 2011 she learned the art of cakepops and in 2021 she is learning new techniques and recipes by the minute. Working with chocolate and creating amazingly delicious treats with her daughter is her passion. They hope to become a household name in The Tampa Bay area.

Visit Minnie Sweet's on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok

Email Minnie Sweet's at jwojominniesweets@gmail.com

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Erika Williner Designs

It is about Erika's passion! Jewelry!!!!! Erika loves creating pieces that when you wear them will make you feel as unique as each piece!

Designing custom and unique pieces that are one of a kind is Erika's passion. She is a proud stay home mom and her passion is jewelry and making it!

Visit Erika Williner Designs on Facebook and Instagram

Email Erika Williner Designs at erikawilliner@me.com

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Ink & Plume

Digital artist in South Tampa, Florida specializing in custom digital creations, digital illustration, wall art, invitations, and custom stickers

Samantha, artist and owner of ink & plume, began creating digital art in 2020 as a form of stress release. She enjoys doodling and designing custom pieces to display in your home, or use in your business or personal life. Her favorite work is custom commission projects! She would love to work with you to bring your vision to life!

Visit Ink & Plume on Facebook and Instagram

Email Ink & Plume at inkandplumedesign@gmail.com

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Awela's Homemade

Raquel owns Awela's Homemade and sells delicious homemade goodies in Tampa specializing in bread pudding and artisan bread!

Raquel is offering a 10% discount to our readers, with code FIT4MOM, to expire on 4/30/22. 1 coupon per household, cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on delivery.

Visit Awela's Homemade on Facebook and Instagram

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Crazy Bugg Creations

Jessica started making superhero capes eight years ago for her two boys. They loved them! As friends started placing orders for them, she decided it was time to start Crazy Bugg Creations. Today, Crazy Bugg Creations has grown and now she does much more then just capes. She now does embroidery, tote bags, alterations, decals, and so much more! She also delivers locally in Tampa.

Visit Crazy Bugg Creations on Facebook and Instagram

Email Crazy Bugg Creations at Jessica@crazybuggcreations.com

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Sterling and Stone

Mindy bought a desk a little over a year ago that she put right next to her kitchen in January '21. This desk inspired her to start her small jewelry business! She was in a rut after being laid off from her IT Database Administrator job (almost 20 years) and this desk helped her find her way again! Mindy hadn't made jewelry for awhile and started posting Bucs inspired bracelets during the playoffs on her Facebook page and started an Instagram page. She's been designing custom Heishi letter bracelets and semi precious stone stacker bracelets and several other sport teams. She offered local porch pickups when customers ordered bracelets during the pandemic which has been working out great. Mindy kept getting more & more sales and never looked back. She loves and appreciates all her customers that have supported her small business this past year.

Visit Sterling and Stone on Facebook and Instagram

Email Sterling and Stone at mindy@sterlingandstone.com

Life is Gouda

All things charcuterie — specializing in boxes for you to enjoy for date night, girls’ night or any other special occasion.

Visit Life is Gouda on Facebook

Email Life is Gouda at karterpink93@yahoo.com

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Gambler's Bay Distillery

While some may not consider this "handmade", Gamblers Bay Distillery was founded in Tampa, FL in 2019. Family recipes date back 120 years starting in Romania, traveling by way of Canada to land in Tampa, FL and made in small batches, so we included them on this list!

A good drink has always been a symbol of a moment in time. Distilling fine quality small batched liquor has been a great source of joy and pride for the Gamblers Bay Distillery family.

While they may not originally be from Tampa, all of their children have been born here and have lived here for over 20 years and they have chosen to call this city that they love home. They look forward to incorporating local flavors and ingredients to create unique craft liquor for our hometown.

Visit Gamblers Bay Distillery on Facebook and Instagram

Email Gamblers Bay Distillery at gamblersbaydistillery@gmail.com