In The Marketplace: Why 'American Made' Matters (part 2 of 5)

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Colin Balfe, director of The Marketplace by TheBlaze, and is part of a series of stories highlighting businesses in TheBlaze’s eCommerce channel.

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In this five-part series on “American Made” small businesses, we learn about the people behind the shops in The Marketplace by TheBlaze. To read the first part of this series, click HERE.

The small business owners who create American-made products for The Marketplace are extraordinary people, crafting exceptional products while working tirelessly to earn your trust. Beyond their warmth is a passionate desire to fulfill their own version of the American dream. If you haven’t already explored The Marketplace, you might not realize what incredible shop owners have joined us as partners. In this second segment of our five-part “American Made” series, we’re introducing four more shops that demonstrate the impact that comes from producing in America.

BEARCREEK BILLIARDS

As the owner and master craftsman behind Bearcreek Billiards, Jason Saunders creates pool tables that are true works of art and deserve a place among the finest antiques and high-end furniture in any home.

When you ask Jason what he does, he casually says, “I build pool tables … build them out of pine, juniper, cedar, aspen and barn wood.” What makes his tables extra-special is that all of the timeless, beautiful wood Jason uses originates from the soil of Montana.

Jason’s innovative passion for creating ruggedly beautiful pool tables, plus his work ethic and care for customers is what helps him succeed. “I’ve designed and built close to 400 tables and never had a complaint or had someone not be happy with what I made for them,” Jason says.

Bearcreek Billiards embodies the American-made movement: Beautiful wood sourced from Montana, tables constructed by hand and a relentless drive to produce a gorgeous heirloom.

SWEET VINTAGE WRAPPING PAPER

Raised in a part of Omaha, Neb., that was originally settled by immigrants a century ago, Kim Brokke has the immigrant drive for the American dream running through her veins.

It’s this drive that nudged her to launch her own small business, Sweet Vintage Wrapping Paper, to provide unique and timeless wrapping paper from days past. As a full-time mom of five who plays the harp and sings the National Anthem at local events, Kim’s faith and love of country coalesce into her inspiration to continue her business.

As Kim puts it, “Our history needs to be told, embraced and celebrated, and I think my papers and cards do just that!” Since creating her first vintage gift wraps for a fundraiser at her parish school, Kim’s gift wraps and gift tags have all been locally made in Omaha.

CHRISTWREATH

As we approach the holiday season, The Marketplace is proud to be joined by ChristWreath, a growing business dedicated to empowering Christians to proudly display symbols that represent the true meaning of Christmas.

Since its beginnings, ChristWreath has been committed to upholding the freedom of religion as expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

This fresh wreath is the perfect symbol to put Christ back in Christmas. Take a look at these beautiful, inspiring symbols to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.

BUFFALO BILLFOLDS AND BELTS

Since 1991, Buffalo Billfolds and Belts has been making and selling some of the finest belts and wallets available, and all of them are made right here in the USA.

The quality of their products starts with the values lived by the company’s employees. Owner Ron Snider says, “We try to operate on biblical principles, be honest … do what we say we’re going to do and provide good service and a good product to our customers.”

On top of that, Ron is committed to countering the throw-away mentality by creating products that will last for years. Buffalo Billfolds and Belts are always made of 100 percent pure American cowhide, the kind you can’t get overseas. In addition to making some of the best American-made belts and wallets money can buy, they also sell tack, Western silver jewelry and custom trophy buckles.

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At The Marketplace, we celebrate small business owners who overcome hardship, conquer adversity and sift through failure to come out triumphant, ready to wow the world. We hope you’ll consider The Marketplace to be like Main Street in your own hometown—a place where honesty and integrity are just as important as revenue and profit.

Step into The Marketplace and meet these amazing Americans. Learn their struggles, celebrate their triumphs and share in their dream of rebuilding America. Thank you for supporting these small businesses and helping to uphold our nation.

Keep learning why “American Made” matters as we continue this series, featuring our incredible partners at The Marketplace. If you haven’t already, please read our first segment on Why ‘American Made’ Matters (Part 1 of 5).

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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