6 H+G Ideas for Dad

As Father's Day approaches, consider these local items for the cook, grill-master, gardener, or genuine man's man in your life
Logan Cyrus
These handmade birdhouses by Mark Ellis would appeal to a birder or a craftsman.

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 21, so we rounded up a few local products for dad. When you purchase one of these items, you're not only showing appreciation for your father, but also supporting local business.

For the birder (or the craftsman): Mark Ellis is a former furniture-maker who now pours his talents into contemporary birdhouses. If your father enjoys watching and identifying all the birds in the backyard, Ellis' houses are a great gift because they're made to be used. Held together with waterproof glue and coated with polyurethene stain, the houses will withstand the weather. Or if your father is more of a craftsman, someone who appreciates well-made products, he'll approve of Ellis' use of hardwood flooring in multiple varieties and attention to every detail.

For the grill-master: Blackhawk Hardware in Park Road Shopping Center has lots of Father's Day-worthy finds. If your dad enjoys standing behind the grill, the store has a variety of styles from gas to charcoal, along with accessories. Check out the options in our sister publication Charlotte Magazine.

For the craft-beer enthusiast: If your dad has caught the craft-beer craving, Charlotte has about a dozen brewery options to fill up a growler or purchase some cans. But for a little something extra, stop in 7th Street Public Market and visit Small Keys just inside the entrance along Seventh Street. The shop carries all-natural, small-batch beauty products, including beer soap actually made with beer from Triple C Brewing Co.

For the whiskey drinker: Inside Cotswold Marketplace, This Land has an Annex filled with American-made, handcrafted items. This Land represents about 60 artists, many of them from North Carolina and throughout the Southeast. It sells their products on its website and in the Annex location. These flasks are a signature item for This Land. Glassblower John Geci created them exclusively for the company.

image courtesy of this land


For the chef-in-training: If your dad wants to improve his kitchen skills, sign him up for a class with Chef Alyssa's Kitchen. Chef Alyssa Gorelick teaches weeknight classes at Atherton Market where participants cook recipes along with her. At the end of the night, everyone takes home a recipe book and a few new skills. Some upcoming themes include BBQ Sides, Outdoor Grilling, and Grilled Pizza.

For the learning gardener: Windcrest Farm in Monroe often hosts on-the-farm classes and tours. Mary Roberts shares tips she's acquired while working on her 14-acre organic farm. Tickets are available in advance on the website. Upcoming class topics include Pollinators and Pests, and Planning for the Fall Garden.

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