1. Secret used bookstore
When real estate prices got out of hand, bookseller Michael Seidenberg did something unprecedented: He opened a secret used bookshop. It's illegal to run a business from a residential space in New York, so he doesn't advertise, and you won't find a store sign out front, which makes Seidenberg's collection of thousands of used books a true hidden gem.
Orien MacDonald makes everything from guitars and lutes to knives and bows by hand, and he prides himself on using recycled and reclaimed materials.
In the heart of Portland, Claudia Lucero is making her own cheese with milk from local farmers. She's even creating DIY cheese kits that prove the concept that anyone can make delicious cheese at home in less than an hour.
Catherine Thompson's life and work are intimately connected to nature. The musician and artist makes primitive instruments from natural materials, including wood and animal bones.