Local Treasures

The Lookout Mountain area is the home or inspiration of countless artists and craftspeople. It also hosts shops, galleries and antique stores offering unique and unusual items. Here’s a small sampling of what you can find.

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EMPIRE DRESSER

Mathew Seepe hand finished this late-19th-century-era empire dresser with tinted chalk paint and a coat of chocolate glaze. Seepe uses similar painting techniques to breathe new life into many of the antiques sold at the store he and wife Katie opened in 2012 and named after their daughter, Grace. $195 Goosie’s Antiques and Gifts in Fort Payne facebook.com/goosiesantiquesandgifts


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VINTAGE-STYLE JEWELRY

Lucretia “Lu” unites past and present by incorporating interesting finds into her jewelry creations, producing new, one-of-a-kind pieces. She emphasizes vintage design and draws inspiration from her childhood in the woods of Lookout Mountain and her travels to more than 25 countries around the world. White Elephant Antiques and Gift Galleries in Mentone mentone.com/WhiteElephant.html


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BRONZE MUSCADINE WINE

This sweet table wine is the top seller for Wills Creek Vineyards, which makes the wine from muscadine grapes organically grown on-site near Gadsden, Ala. Created from a blend of bronze muscadine varieties, the wine contains 11 percent alcohol, and wine-maker and vineyard owner Jahn Coppey (whose family owned vineyards in Switzerland for generations) says the taste compares to a moscato. The winery offers an array of red and white, sweet and dry wines. $10 Wills Creek Vineyards in Attalla willscreekwinery.com


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ETHEREAL EAGLE

Chainsaw wood-carving artist Jim Marbutt fashioned this wise and stoic-looking eagle. Marbutt uses power grinders as well as chainsaws in his many works, which include carvings of bears, wood spirits, Native Americans, flowers and fish. $175 Kaw-Ligas Carvings in Mentone mymentone.com/Crossroads.html


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SPUN GLASS VASES

Cal Breed’s “spun” collection of glass vases, bottles and bowls sprang from the artist’s beekeeping hobby. Glimmering strands of glass wrap each piece, producing a texture reminiscent of spun honey. Breed and his team of glass makers create an array of glass artwork, from ornaments and paperweights to pitchers and large wall pieces (see our story here). $145-$200 Orbix Hot Glass near Fort Payne orbixhotglass.com


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BIRDHOUSE & BUG BARN

Adorable birdhouses and children’s “Bug Barns” are handcrafted by woodworker Phil Gamble of Mentone, Ala. He also makes wooden alphabet worms, salt and pepper shakers, toothpick holders and “man cave” signs. Moon Lake Trading Co. in Mentone


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TOY LOG TRUCK

Crafted by Hank Sturm, this miniature log truck sports lots of detail, from a steering wheel, headlights and exhaust stack to tiny “trees” made from sticks. Sturm makes other traditional wooden children’s toys including ducks and elephants on wheels (he says grandparents often find items similar to those they owned as kids and buy them for their grandchildren) as well as an array of wooden items including bread boards and carvings. $35 Crossroads Trading Company in Mentone mymentone.com/Crossroads.html