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May 28, 2016

Video: Thistle Farms - Magdalene Graduation 2016

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Thistle Farms houses the bath and body care company, the Thistle Stop Café, and paper and sewing studios. All proceeds support Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene.

The community provides housing, food, healthcare, therapy and education, without charging residents or receiving government funding. Thistle Farms and Magdalene stand as a witness to the truth that in the end love is the most powerful force for change.

Last week, new graduates finished the program, and well, just take a look at these two minutes to see what a difference this program is making.

And, remember that when you buy a Thistle Farms product from Batch, you're helping to make a difference in the lives of so many. Click below to take a look at how you can change the world. 

Thistle Farms bath and beauty products

May 25, 2016

How to Host a Festive 4th of July Cookout

Fireworks, grilled meats, fresh summer fruit, and the best pals you can find - these are all essential ingredients for a great Independence Day or Memorial Day shindig. But, no party is complete without some festive decorations. 

Searching high and low, we asked out pal Courtney Cochran, Director of Design & Marketing for Hester & Cook for ideas on decking out your deck. She came back with some classic looks for your summertime table. 

For a super summery 4th of July vibe, make your table patriotic with a Red Classic Stripe Runner. It works great on a buffet, which is a really great application for a potluck or BYOM (bring your own meat).

Classic Red Stripe Table Runner from Hester and Cook

Top that with these Stars on Blue Paper Placemats:

Stars on Blue Paper Placemats

Where will people sit? Ease confusion with bright Banner Place Cards, or use them at each platter/bowl to indicate what the delicious dish is.

"Banner" Place Cards

And don't be afraid of White Drinkware (stemless wine or tumblers). It's great for outdoors because it won't break & moderately insulates your beverage.

White Stemless Drinkware from Cake Vintage from Hester and Cook

Be sure to stock your summer soiree with any of our mixers or grilling sauces, too!

May 20, 2016

Family Subscription Box Recap

Summer is a time for family trips and long evenings spent outside playing at home. With this in mind, we filled our second family deluxe subscription discovery box with Southern-made goods to enjoy outside or bring the summer inside. Let's open it up and have a look. If you didn't get one, you can shop the box online or at our store in the Nashville Farmers Market.

Family Deluxe Batch Subscription Discovery Box

Fried Green Tomatoes Batter Mix - when those first tomatoes begin to ripen, grab them off the vine and dip them in this batter, fry them, and enjoy a highlight of summer

Music City Suds "I Walk the Lime" Bar Soap - this citrus-scented soap will wash away the sand from the beach and leave you feeling refreshed

Fat & Juicy Margarita Mixer - fully loaded with flavor and ready to party, Fat & Juicy makes cocktail mixers that capture that summer feeling

Oliver Pluff and Co. Southern Style Sun Tea Packet - made in the Lowcountry, a land of colonial history, spanish moss, shrimp and grits, front porches, rocking chairs, and of course, Sweet Tea

Southern Firefly Candle Co. Wasabi Melon Soy Candle - a sweet ripe multi melon recipe & perfectly balance it with a note of wasabi root

Music City Suds "He Stopped Buggin' Her Today" Bug Spray - this all-natural, citronella bug spray is no joke even though the name is. 

BBQ Fight Club Punchin' Pig Mild Sauce - versatile and full-flavored, this sauce will become a pantry standard for any barbecue enthusiast

Hester & Cook White Tumblers - Cake Drinkware is a fabulous alternative to traditional glassware, it's nearly unbreakable so it's perfect for the pool or beach

Like What You See? Sign Up To Get The Next Box that Ships in August.

May 19, 2016

Women's Subscription Box Recap

Summer is fast approaching so we filled our second women's deluxe subscription box with items that will make the sunshine brighter. 

Batch Women's Deluxe Subscription Discovery Box

Here are the items from the box. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get a box, you can shop for many of these products on our site or in our store in the Nashville Farmers Market.

Carolina Girl Cooks Chocolate Chip Rosemary Sea Salt Tea Cookies - the best of both worlds combining the sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie with the savory flavor of Rosemary and sea salt.

Walker Feed Company Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita Mix - the sweetness of the strawberry is mixed with the earthiness of the rhubarb flavor. Just add tequila and it's like having summer in a glass.

Southern Firefly Candle Co. Wasabi Melon Soy Candle - a sweet ripe multi melon recipe & perfectly balance it with a note of wasabi root

Music City Suds "He Stopped Buggin' Her Today" Bug Spray - this all-natural, citronella bug spray is no joke even though the name is. 

Thistle Farms Lavender Lip Balm - loaded with natural ingredients, this lip balm will help soothe your lips after a day at the beach

Little Seed Farm Sugar Scrub - your skin is left feeling soft and silky smooth after each use with the help of organic, fair trade, sugar crystals, and nourishing coconut and sweet almond oils. 

Freshie & Zero Minimal Column Hoops - light and easy to wear – they are a great modern addition to your jewelry collection.

Like What You See? Sign Up To Get The Next Box that Ships in August.

 

May 17, 2016

Best Patios for a Drink in Nashville

As the weather heats up, it's time to get down on a patio. It seems to be 5 o'clock everywhere in Nashville these days, so plan on adding any of these spots to your to-do list the next time you're eating or drinking and pining for some sunshine. 

Acme Feed and Seed

Acme Feed and Seed | Downtown Nashville patio for summer drinks

What more could you want than to imbibe and nosh a few stories up over Lower Broad? One of the must-dos on your summer bucket list, grab some pals and some brews and watch any of the hundreds the bachelorette parties cavort on the streets below. (Bonus activity: Free Rooftop Yoga)

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden

Pharmacy Nashville | East Nashville burger restaurant

Get your East Nashville on. What may be one of the larger outdoor spaces in the city, The Pharmacy's burger selection and beer offerings provide something for everyone. Bring the kids and let them run around while the grownups drown their sorrows in any of the myriad local beers on tap.

12 South Taproom and Grill

12 South Taproom | Nashville TN local beer and food

With a bevy of beers on tap (and in bottles) and a steadily-improving menu, 12 South Taproom has a patio where you can post up for a while. Just make sure you arrive before happy hour starts, which is when the street for which the pub is named after becomes a perpetual parking lot. 

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social | Nashville TN local restaurant

If you want to see some hipsters in their natural habitat, go bowling at Pinewood Social. If you want to introduce them to sunshine and water, take your food and drinks outdoors to the pool area. 

The Southern Steak and Oyster

The Southern | Downtown Nashville local restaurant

It's a patio you can take your mom to. Or to get some old school business deals done. Simply brave the crowd of convention tourists and pressed-shirt attorneys who dine there on the regular and you'll be treated to succulent southern cuisine while wondering what the hell is going on this weekend to make the streets so crowded. (Answer: it's the same as every weekend - everything and nothing is happening all at once.)

Need more? Check out our friends at StyleBlueprint. They've found 149 places you can eat and drink outside in Nashville. 

May 16, 2016

Men's Subscription Box Recap

Some lucky guys are getting our most recent subscription discovery box on their doorsteps. Here's a look inside this summer-themed box.

Batch Men's Deluxe Subscription Discovery Box

Ava & Zoe's Jalapeno Ketchup - sweet and spicy condiment that kicks up in any meal

Fat & Juicy Margarita Mixer - margaritas made easy with this Charleston-made mix

Music City Suds "He Stopped Buggin' Her Today" Bug Spray - an all-natural citronella spray from the makers of punny and effective bath and body products

Doc Crombie's Bootleg Practically Legal Steak Sauce - a steak sauce that tastes great on chops, brisket, veggies while containing no artificial flavors or preservatives

Coop's Hot Chicken Paste - make Nashville-style hot chicken in your own kitchen

Fried Green Tomatoes Fried Pickle Batter and Secret Sauce - just in time for summer, these mixes make fried pickles or okra easy

Linda Williams Apron - handmade in Nashville, this is a strong and stylish apron

Sweet Meat Organic Mango Chipotle Beef Jerky - savory, spicy, and satisfying organic, gluten free jerky made from George Livingston's grandmom's recipe

Like What You See? Sign Up To Get The Next Box that Ships in August.

May 13, 2016

Stationery Items That Stand Out

If you want to make an impression - either by giving a gift or by having the coolest home office around - then take a look at these five new stationery items at Batch that are sure to stand out. 

Monorail Studio THANKS Note Cards (Austin, TX) - $18

This four card set is well-designed and will easily say what you're feeling in your heart.

Monorail Studio THANKS Note Cards | Austin, TX

Hester & Cook Colored Pencil Set (Nashville, TN) - $13

Make sure you're using the right pencil for your heartfelt handwritten note.

Hester & Cook Colored Pencil Set | Made in Nashville, TN

Picture Birmingham 3-pack Note Cards (Birmingham, AL) - $6

Three iconic images of the Magic City will bring a view of home to anyone on your recipient list.

Picture Birmingham 3-pack Note Cards | Designed in Birmingham, AL

Spirit of Nashville Notebook (Nashville, TN) - $7

The iconic Spirt of Nashville images adorn each of these high-quality and durable notebooks.

Spirit of Nashville Notebook | Spirt of Nashville Designs

Tiramisu Paperie Audrey Hepburn Quote Notecard Set (Nashville, TN) - $12

If Audrey said it, we'll live by it. 

Tiramisu Paperie Audrey Hepburn Quote Notecard Set | Made in Nashville, TN

May 11, 2016

Top Teacher Gifts that Won't End Up in the Trash

Teaching is an important job. If teachers, especially economics teachers, have taught us anything it is that you should give gifts with real value. These are our suggestions for thoughtful gifts to help say thanks and farewell at the end of the school year. 

Teacher Gifts sweets and treats

 

Bath and body teacher gifts

Hand poured candles are a great teacher gift

Order a teacher gift today and we'll ship it out within 48 hours so you'll have it to give before school's out for summer.

 

May 10, 2016

Austin Breweries You Have to Visit

Local beer isn't just a fad; it's here to stay folks. And if you find yourself deep in the heart of Texas, then check out these five Austin breweries for the best in show.

Zilker Brewery - A craft brewery and taproom focusing on the American Belgo style while brewing a wide array of interesting and classic beers - their unique brewing style is influenced by world travel and experimentation.

 

Hops & Grain - In their own words, "We love to make beer and we love the beer we make. We’re living one day at a time, living with a passion for our craft and a passion for sustainability." Coolest of all? They make dog treats.

Brew Biscuits | Hops and Grains Austin Texas dog treats

Jester King - An authentic farmhouse brewery committed to making wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers that reflect the unique character of their location in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Jester King Brewery in Austin Texas hill country

Austin Beerworks - Visit their growing taproom for sampling of their Core Four beers, as well as seasonals. And be sure to check out the rotating lineup of food trucks that post up so you're not drinking on an empty stomach.

 

South Austin Brewing - From first-time craft beer drinkers, to casual craft beer enthusiasts, to the pros, South Austin Brewery has something for people in all levels of craft beer exploration. Officially launched in February 2014, this brewery lives in the heart of South Austin and offers six different varieties of Austin-brewed beer.

South Austin Brewery | Local Austin brewpub

With tasty spots like this, you'll be sure to find one that's perfect for you and your squad. 

May 05, 2016

How Aviate Became the Biggest Name in Airport Code Apparel

Aviate Brand | Airport Code Hats

In what seems like no time at all, Ben Lancaster took Aviate from idea to the big time. Now in dozens of retailers all across the US, Aviate makes hats and shirts that lets people rep their town via its unique three-letter airport code. 

We had a chance to ask Ben a few questions about the company's growth, being from the South, and where he's taking us when we visit him at the HQ in BHM.

Batch: Why hats? What's up with a ballcap that gave you your aha! moment?
Ben: Everyone likes a quality hat to wear (I stress “quality"). For me, a top notch hat is one that is deep fitting on the head so that it looks good and maintains the quality. People like to wear hats that are comfortable and fit well, and everyone is always looking for the next best hat, be it a man or woman. So picking a hat to be the first Aviate product to roll out was an easy choice.

Batch: What's the farthest place you've sent an order?
Ben: Aviate has shipped to every state except Alaska. We just made our first shipment to Hawaii back in late January! International shipping was just made available the first of February and we had an order to a United States Military person based in Germany and then we had someone from originally from France that is currently living in Great Britain place an order for LaGuardia (LGA - New York). This bodes well as we plan on releasing Heathrow (London) and Charles de Gaulle (Paris) sometime in 2016!

Ben Lancaster | Aviate hats and shirts

Batch: Is there something about the South that helps your brand thrive?
Ben: I think there is a general overwhelming sense of pride for loving to travel, being where you are from and longing to experience new places, no matter where you are from. From the South, West Coast, Midwest, East Coast or Northeast - people take pride in representing places they love. Helping people represent that love is what we do!

Batch: What's the big dream here? How big can Aviate get?
Ben: I'm not going to give all the secrets away, but we are opening a store in the Avondale area of Birmingham in a new development called Box Row. The store will be called something different other than Aviate and will carry other “nontraditional” brands that you don’t really find in the South. The feedback that Aviate has received over the last 8 months has been tremendous. People from every major city are reaching out to us wanting products every single day so we are doing out best to keep up.

BNA Aviate hat

Batch: Can you tell us the best or your favorite airport you've ever been to?
Ben: There are several! I'd say Birmingham (BHM) because it is my hometown and sipping on some Good People Brews before my flight is awesome; Las Vegas (LAS) for the “you never know what you are going to see” and the drinks; Atlanta (ATL) for the great places to eat and drink; Tampa (TPA) for the sunny skies and Shula’s Steakhouse; Baltimore (BWI) because I had flight canceled because of a huge snowstorm and myself and 5 friends got stranded for 36 hours and had one of the best times bar hopping until the next morning.

Batch: If we hang out in BHM, where are we going for a fun night?
Ben: We would start at The Garage off of Highlands downtown for some drinks, then head to a new place called Sky Castle in the Lakeview area for food and drinks. Next up would be The Collins bar that is a great upscale cocktail bar and then finally end the night at Marty’s which is the best late night spot in the city with the best patty melts and live music you have ever heard!

Check out all Aviate has to offer on their site, or snag a BNA hat (our hometown!) here

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