The personality of Kingsland is no more evident than in its people. And its character shines brightly through the dedication, craftsmanship and creativity of so many of those who call this home. From artisans and artists to oystermen and bakers, visiting the makers of Kingsland adds originality and authenticity to experience. These passionate locals are proud to share their stories, creations and talent with patrons from near and far.
A standout among the variety of wonderful downtown retailers is Hooks Crafted Leather Company (100 South Lee Street, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-510-8765). Here, the work of Matt Hooks is on display. This young craftsman and entrepreneur began in a home workshop, sewing by hand. Today, his unwavering commitment to quality shows in the outstanding line of leather goods that fill his retail space. Along with a team of skilled co-workers, Matt creates totes, wallets, belts, portfolios, accessories and other keepsakes, onsite. They also support local events, offering classes for children during downtown holiday happenings.
At Gallery 307 (307 Bedell Avenue, Woodbine, Georgia 31569; 912-464-0099) in Woodbine, the work of many local craftsmen and artists is featured. There is fine art and photography as well as a craft gallery. Handcrafted jewelry, quilts, clothing and a host of one-of-a-kind creations can be found here.
Less experienced crafters enjoy interaction and creativity at The Makery on Lee (111 South Lee Street Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-576-1988). Here, patrons can take on stenciling, painting, candle making and more. Projects can be taken on by walk-in DIYers as well as during scheduled classes and private parties. Beyond the crafts and gifts, The Makery also offers a selection of Georgia-grown and made items, including delicious jams, jellies, honey and candy. Here, visitors can enjoy local flavors and support area small businesses while browsing and exploring their own creative talents.
Shop local at Farm to Family (1528 Boone Street, Suite C, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-540-0825), where visitors will find a variety of produce and products, from candied jalapenos to fresh-cut collard greens, produced by local community members.
Creativity in the kitchen is what Wanda Clark is all about and she believes that life’s sweetest moments are made even sweeter with a touch of homemade goodness. At her bakery and lunch spot, Wandaful Things (151 East William Avenue, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-439-1241) the sweet smells of that homemade goodness greet guests at the door. With her team of talented bakers, Wanda brings her passion to the plate, creating delightful and memorable cakes, cupcakes, pastries and desserts. Each creation is a work of art and a celebration of flavor. Wanda is also open for lunch, offering a small, curated menu of tasty sandwiches, salads and specialties.
At Whitehouse Seafood (1382 Harriets Bluff Road, Woodbine, Georgia 31569; 912-729-4814) oysters harvested from Crooked River, along with clams, crabs, shrimp and fish from local waters, provide the most succulent local flavors. Owned by locals committed to sustaining their natural resources, Karen and Steven have worked with environmental agencies to build sustainable oyster beds–and to produce the highest quality, best tasting product. They are committed to both offering the freshest of local seafood and to ensuring healthy harvests for years to come. They also have shelves stocked with locally sourced produce and products.
At Morning Belle Farms (762 Pine Drive, Woodbine, Georgia 31569; 912-510-6528), growing organically is a family affair for the Parham family. These local farmers are focused on providing certified organically grown blueberries and they also offer vegetables and honey in season. Visitors can take part in the process by taking to the field and picking their own blueberries.
Nearby, Merck Farms (4745 Clarks Bluff Road, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-674-0197) has been offering locally grown U-pick fresh fruits and veggies at a family-owned farm located along the St. Marys River since 2011. Visitors can also find U-pick strawberries, blackberries and grapes at Vacuna Farms (403 Vacuna Road, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 904-583-2821), serving the community since 2010 with pesticide-free fresh produce. Fruit and nut trees are available for purchase here, as well.
While in town, save the date for the Makers, Bakers and Growers featured during the Kingsland Homegrown Market on Second Saturdays. As you stroll through the market, you’ll find an incredible array of one-of-a-kind treasures just waiting to be discovered. From handcrafted jewelry to beautifully designed home decor, every booth holds a surprise that will capture your heart. And, this fall, enjoy perusing unique finds from nearly 200 “maker” vendors at the popular annual Catfish Festival, November 18, 2023.
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