With the universal use of cell phones, it’s inevitable that out-of-towners are going to pronounce the name of this beautiful city - mo•bil, like a phone. They felt compelled to educate the masses on the correct diction of their beloved hometown – it’s pronounced moh*beel!
Six years ago, Ann Gunter and her daughter - Ashley Gunter Long - formed their custom jewelry design business after learning how to make jewelry and accumulating more than they could wear. Since the mother-daughter team consists of two different generations, Ann and Ashley offer something to appeal to every age. Current designs include long pendant necklaces, earrings, and children’s jewelry. Ann-Ashley jewelry features fresh water pearls, 18k gold plated brass findings, and crystal stones.
Carol Mason was born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She began making soap in her home as a hobby, eventually turning it into a business. She served 6 years in the U.S. Navy, where she was trained as an electronics technician. After her enlistment, she used her electronics training working for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, Sony Corporation, and then the Federal Aviation Administration before she began exploring her more creative side by painting and making soaps, lotions, and scrubs.
After making custom soaps for a friend who had allergic reactions to store bought products, Carol began researching all the artificial ingredients found in commercially produced soaps and lotions. She eventually developed a line of natural bath and body products, choosing spices and botanicals for color and essential oils for fragrance.
Carol lives in Mobile, Alabama with her basset-mix rescue dog named Lucky. She says his full name is “Lucky-You’re-Still-Alive” due to his penchant for running off with anything that hits the floor and then efficiently shredding it to its most basic sub-atomic particles.
In this age of mass produced body products, many of us have developed sensitivities to the chemicals that are found on those products. Chemical detergents are used in soaps instead of glycerine. Moisturizers contain parabens, Phthalates, triclosans, and even formaldehyde. Carol’s Botanicals was created to produce natural alternatives for those who have sensitivities, or who just prefer to avoid potentially harmful chemicals.
Very Vintage was founded in 2008. Abby Stimpson and her mother, Pat Schneider, both shared an enthusiasm for collecting vintage jewelry and accessories. They love to repurpose old jewels into new one-of-a-kind pieces. Very vintage carries antique to modern accessories from inexpensive to extravagant! So whatever your taste, budget or time period - they are the place to start and finish your shopping.
Mission statement: To promote the beauty and uniqueness of our city.
L. Craig Roberts has been living in Mobile for forty years. He was born in Guntersville, Alabama; grew up in Gadsden, Alabama; and received a bachelors of architecture from Auburn University in 1975. Roberts fell in love with Mobile’s extraordinary historic architecture and colorful Mardi Gras celebration. He gives lectures on both subjects, as well as leads city architectural tours and tours of Mobile’s Carnival Museum. His book, Mardi Gras in Mobile, explores the captivating and charismatic history of Mardi Gras in the Port City.
Passions collide. When I first met my husband, it was hard to believe someone loved off-beat flavor as much as I did. I loved to cook and entertain and he did too. When it came to creating amazing food, instead of a scorched skillet competitive show-down, we began to combine our skills and, somehow, it totally worked. My instinct for crazy flavor combinations was a targeted matched for his restaurant expertise. We created flavors that our friends could not find anywhere else. Our product is that of : Combined Inspiration; Out of the Norm Flavor; Pride in our Coastal Communities; and a Desire to Share .
This endeavor began over two years ago before we were married. It started as a wish or what seemed an unreachable goal. Now that we have officially "launched", we are in awe that it has finally happened. We hope you enjoy your Playhouse experience. There is definitely more PLAY to come!
Lisa C. Warren, Mobile native, graduated from The University of South Alabama in 2009 with a B.F.A. in Oil Painting and Ceramics. Her paintings focus on realism and she enjoys painting still life and the figure. Her B.F.A. Thesis Paintings are on display in the Library of Spring Hill College and available for viewing. Her pottery is mostly functional vessels and she can often be found at The Market on the Square in Downtown Mobile. She also love to participate during Artwalk and volunteer for many art related events in the area. Lisa Warren Ceramics was founded in 2009, inspired by local customs, and continues to provide pragmatic pieces with local flair.
Megan Gulland is a ceramic artist working in Mobile, Alabama. She received her B.F.A. at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama in 2007 with a concentration in ceramics and painting. She later received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft, Rochester, New York, in 2010. After graduate school she moved back to Alabama and was offered a ceramics and 3D design teaching position at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. MG Ceramics was started when she began working in Mobile in 2011. Her work consistently utilizes humor to bring a smile, laughter and joy to viewers of all ages. She truly believes that “laughter is the best medicine”. Each piece is wheel thrown, then hand sculpted features are added guaranteeing each piece is well crafted and one of a kind. She strives to bring well crafted ceramics and a smile to the people of Mobile., Alabama and all others who enjoy her work.
Megan’s passion, as expressed in her professional artistic creations, has consistently utilized humor to bring a smile, laughter and joy to the viewers of all ages. She truly believes that “laughter is the best medicine”. Each piece is hand sculpted guaranteeing it is well crafted and one of a kind. Megan’s artistic fulfillment comes from knowing that by inviting her unique creations into one’s home, the art recipient is inviting in her personality, spirit and passion for whimsy.
Mobile Toile, pronounced (twaal) or Toile de Jouy, is a classic,french scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen or silk. Mobile Toile illustrates the charm and elegance of the historic town of Mobile, Alabama with live oaks draped in spanish moss, billowy azaleas, known as the areas’ signature schrub, historic greek revival architecture and the majestic waters of Mobile Bay and the Gulf Coast. This print features the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion , Middlebay Lighthouse, Sand Island Lighthouse, Oakleigh Mansion, GM&O building, Bienville Square fountain, St Joseph’s Chapel of Spring Hill College, Church Street Cemetery and the home of Joe Cain, Mobile’s legendary king of Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras Toile -Mobile Carnival was first introduced to the new world in 1703 in the settlement of Mobile, Alabama. Three weeks of every year, Mobile comes alive with pageantry, parades and balls associated with Carnival. The coronations ofthe Mardi Gras courts rival coronations of Europe’s heads of State. The images in this Carnival Toile illustrates, legendary Joe Cain and his merry widows, A king and queen of carnival’s past, the original Mardi Gras floats pulled by mules and horses, the Excelsior Marching Band, the masked balls and tableau’s of carnival organizations and much more.
Other artisans available in our Mobile Makers collection include: