Meet the Makers: 5 Businesses on Tahoe's Vibrant Artisanal Scene

By Shanie Matthews | Sunday, March 17, 2024

Lake Tahoe is not only a destination for outdoor enthusiasts but also a hub for artisans and craftsmen who draw inspiration from its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. From handmade clothing to intricately crafted soap, the Tahoe area boasts a thriving artisanal scene. Here are five businesses that epitomize the essence of Tahoe's artisanal offerings.

Photo: What could be more perfect to light up your life than a Tahoe candle? Picture courtesy of Tahoe Soap Co.

TahoeMade Attire: Celebrating Local Artisans

Located in South Lake Tahoe, TahoeMade Attire is a lifestyle brand that showcases a curated selection of locally made clothing and accessories. From cozy sweaters to stylish hats and scarves, every item reflects the unique style and craftsmanship of Tahoe's artisans. By supporting TahoeMade Attire, you're not just purchasing quality products; you're also contributing to the growth of the local artisan community.

There is something special about TahoeMade clothing...maybe it's where it comes from. Picture courtesy of TahoeMade

Tahoe Artisan: A Home for Mountain Charm

Tahoe Artisan handcrafts mountain home decor. Two friends, Anna and Lana, specialize in creating one-of-a-kind pieces that add charm and authenticity to any space. Drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings of Tahoe, each item at Tahoe Artisan is crafted with care and attention to detail using locally sourced materials. Whether you're searching for thoughtful gifts, rustic cabin decor or personalized signs for special occasions, this artisanal treasure offers something for every style and budget. They also offer workshops and classes.

Tahoe rainbows come in all shapes and sizes. Picture courtesy of Bespoke & Atelier

Bespoke + Atelier: Handcrafted Gems Inspired by Nature

Nestled in Truckee, Bespoke + Atelier is a boutique specializing in handcrafted items including jewelry, bath luxury items, inspirational wall hangings and t-shirts. Inspired by the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, each piece is meticulously crafted by local artisans using ethically sourced materials, resulting in timeless treasures that capture the essence of Tahoe's natural wonders. Whether you're in search of a unique necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings, Bespoke has something for every style and occasion.

Tahoe Soap Co.: Pamper Yourself with Natural Skincare

Founded in Tahoe City, Tahoe Soap Co. offers a range of artisanal skincare products made with natural ingredients and essential oils. From fragrant soaps and bath bombs to luxurious lotions and body scrubs, each product is handcrafted with care to nourish and rejuvenate your skin. Tahoe Soap Co. is committed to sustainability and eco-conscious practices, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Who wouldn't love lavender soap in the shape of Big Blue? Picture courtesy of Tahoe Soap Co.

North Tahoe Arts: A Hub for Local Creativity

With locations in Kings Beach and Tahoe City, North Tahoe Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting local artists and craftsmen. The galleries showcase a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other works of art created by talented artists from the Tahoe region. In addition to exhibitions, North Tahoe Arts offers classes, workshops and events that encourage community engagement and foster a love for the arts.

Lake Tahoe's artisanal scene is a testament to the creativity, talent and passion of its residents. Whether you're shopping for unique gifts, seeking hands-on experiences or simply admiring the work of local artists, these five businesses offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Tahoe's artistic heritage. So next time you visit Lake Tahoe, be sure to explore these must-visit destinations and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Tahoe's artisans.

This is just a scratch of the surface of Tahoe's shopping opportunities, so be sure to see our Shopping listings too.

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
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