10 Things We Love, Made in Washington State

10 things we love, made in Washington state

Are you ready for 10 Things We Love, Made in Washington State? You wish you could live in Washington State, I know.  Despite the fact that it rains a lot here, Washington is still one of the most beautiful states in the nation.  Washingtonians are very outdoorsy given our wonderful mountains, beautiful coastline and enchanting islands.

Guest post by John Briggs of simply-american.net.

On a great day, Washington looks like this.

Most days however, Washington looks like this.

Still, despite the weather, Washington is wonderful.

The people here are friendly and many members of our extended American family in Washington make wonderful consumer products.  Here is a list of products made in Washington. I encourage you to explore them.

10 Things We Love, Made in Washington State

Glassybaby
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If you are in the market for  votives, Glassybaby is a company you should know. Glassybaby votives are handblown glass, crafted in my hometown, Seattle, Washington. They make an incredible range of colors and styles. If you live in Seattle you can even rent Glassybaby votives for your party or event.

Filson
Filson outerwear #madeinUSA
Filson is old school. That is not to say they are old-fashioned. Rather, they are a Seattle company that has been manufacturing premier quality outdoor wear for the past 114 years. If you want gear that will keep you warm and dry on any outdoor adventure, I advise you to load up on Filson gear. They use only the highest quality fabrics and leathers in their cases, satchels and apparel.

Manpan
Manpan makes wonderful cookware east of the Cascades in the Spokane Valley. Manpan’s cookware is very 21st century and very reasonably priced for what you get. Manpan is a leader in “green manufacturing.”  They make all sorts of saucepans, woks, pizza pans and bake ware. And all their pans have a sort of very hip Mission Impossible look.

McKinnon Furniture
Sheila McKinnon and Theresa Schneider are two wonderful women in Seattle whose firm produces some of the most beautiful furniture you will ever see. McKinnon Furniture pieces are truly “one of a kind”; any piece that McKinnon makes can be customized to the exact dimensions and finishes you want. Their Tansu modules allow you to create unique storage and display combinations.  Look for an upcoming McKinnon Furniture video on my blog.

Cascade Designs
I backpack a lot and Cascade Design makes the best backpacking sleeping pads in the world. Cascade Design’s manufacturing plant is located about a ¼ mile from my office in downtown Seattle. I am buying a new Cascade Design Thermarest sleeping pad at the REI anniversary sale this weekend. Cascade Design also makes Platypus collapsible water bottles in Washington.

Feathered Friends
Staying with the backpacking theme, I introduce the firm making the best sleeping bags I know.  Nothing spoils a backpacking trip quicker than a shoddy sleeping bag. Thankfully, Feathered Friends makes superlative sleeping bags, and they make them in my backyard.  You can buy a Feathered Friend sleeping bag for a weekend trip to the lake or for an assault on Everest. The one for the assault on Everest will probably be more expensive however.

Tom Bihn
There really is a Tom Bihn. Tom’s firm produces a wide range of bags from messenger bags to laptop bags to carry-on luggage; Tom has designed most of these bags himself. In addition, there are many “Tom Bihn” videos at YouTube showing the features of most of the bags that Tom’s firm manufactures. My mum really likes Tom since he makes a bag specifically for knitters.

Mervin Boards
Lib Tech snowboards #madeinUSA
Two snowboarders, Mike Olson and Pete Saari, founded Mervin Manufacturing in 1977. The company builds snowboards (Lib Tech ), and skateboards in Carlsborg, Washington. If you want a U.S. made board, Mervin Manufacturing is company for you. Now if only I could find a way not to wish all snowboarders would learn to ski.

Rodriguez Bicycles
The 15 members of the Rodriguez Bicycle family build bicycles in a small shop on the “Ave” in the University District in my hometown. The firm has been hand building bikes since 1973.  A Rodriguez Bicycle is hand built and will be the last bike you will ever need to purchase. If you haven’t heard, our Mayor who is mad about biking is nicknamed Mayor McSchwinn.  His real name is McGinn.

Cougar Gold Cheese
Cougar Gold cheese in a can #madeinusa

In Seattle we have the UW. Somewhere east of the Cascade Mountains there is another University I think. Anyway, since there isn’t really much to do over there, they figured at least they could try to make something worth eating. And they succeeded. Cougar Gold®, produced at the Washington State University, is a rich, white cheddar with a smooth, firm texture.

John Briggs is an attorney in Seattle wrapping up a book titled, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work. He blogs about all things Made in America at simply-american.net.

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  1. People, as a fellow Washingtonian, I gotta tell you, you wanna try the Cougar Gold Cheese. It pretty much totally rocks. It is delicious, and comes in a can, which is cool.

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  2. Maria Judd says:

    On a great day, I love taking out my makita tools from Australia and do minor carpentry like making a garden swing. There are times I go cycling, too! Washington is a beautiful place!

  3. I HATE the stupid misnomer that it rains all the time in Washington! The west side, which is where it rains a fair amount, only comprises approximately ONE THIRD of the state! The middle 1/3 is in a “rain shadow” and gets extremely LITTLE rain every year, is very hot, and very desert-like in the summer. The eastern 1/3 is a bit more temperate, but does not get significantly more rain than the middle. (The same is true for Oregon, as well.) There is more to Washington State than the Puget Sound! *disgusted*

    • SarahSW111 says:

      Thanks for the clarification! On the east coast, we are in the middle of a cold snap and I hate when people complain about cold weather IN THE WINTER!! So the weather talk is making us cranky on both coasts today. Glad to have you in the club. -SW

    • Exactly Angi, There is a whole lot more to Washington than Seattle! If you look at the traffic on I90 on Sunday of any summer weekend the west bound lanes are stop and go most of the day as the Seattleites head back home from their fun in the sun on our lakes. Too bad the author is a UW snob; Washington has many universities with lots of alumni living in Seattle. Too bad he didn’t just write about the great products without being condescending.

  4. Washington State University is in Pullman Washington. They make THE best cheese. It is in a can and was originally used as military rations as they had no refrigeration in the field. Best cheese EVER

  5. Cascade Designs also makes MSR stoves and snowshoes right here in Seattle

  6. Dorothy Lee says:

    I lived in Western Washington from ’94-’99 and LOVED it! Rain and cool weather would be welcome as I now live in Las Vegas where it’s 117 degrees and almost never rains! Sucks! :-(

  7. I love the McKinnon Furniture, especially all of the pieces that incorporate stained glass. Beautiful!
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  8. Robin Wilson says:

    If you’ve lived outside of Washington and Oregon then, yes, it DOES seem like it rains sooo much! Because compared to other states, it does. I lived in Portland for about 10 years and I have to say that Oregon and Washington are 2 of the most beautiful states in our country. The rain makes ‘em that way! I’ve seen a couple of the items you mentioned and the cheese I’ve had. Awesome!

  9. Julia T says:

    I love the scenery. The first photos are beautiful

  10. Stephanie Bondlow says:

    I have relatives and friends there. I want to go hiking there. I have not been there, yet.

  11. Maryann D. says:

    Washington does look like a lovely state, I would like to visit one day. The products seem terrific too!

  12. Mary Chamberlain says:

    Washington is a great state and here in Eastern Washington, we have craft breweries and distilleries, small food processors who grow and process food products, and a beautiful wheat harvest coming off now!

  13. Johnny Seasoning Salt….made in FIFE,WA

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