Tell us about your business.The idea came to me while preparing for a trip to Mustang Island, TX. Fair skin runs on both sides of our family and the kid have no chance, but to burn. I needed some shade for the family to keep us out of the sun and cool when we taking a break from the waves (hard for a 4 and 8 year old). I had owed other shade products that just did not hold up well under heavy wind conditions on the beach or I wound up chasing them down the beach as the wind blew them away. Shark Shade
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Shark Shade shop has dedicated craftsman and women in the arts of wood working and sewing. When the two trades meet they make quality products that help others enjoy the outdoors.
What inspires you?Spending time outdoors with family and friends.
What makes your business stand out?Shark Shade brings innovative designs and quality materials together all in hand crafted works. You are special so we take special request to customize our products to make them yours.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Babies do grow up. It does not take place overnight.
What does American Made mean to you?Made in America means we are your neighbors making your products and there is no guessing on who you are working with and helping build dreams at home.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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