There are so many incredible ideas and innovations in North Carolina. We’ve got some incredible, noteworthy brands that have come out of the state. With major universities, there is constantly new products and ideas coming out of the state. And now is the chance for those ideas to be recognized as the coolest things made in North Carolina.

The NC Chamber is currently conducting its fourth annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” contest. The purpose of this contest is “to celebrate one of North Carolina’s most economically vital and enduring industries”. Nominees have been collected and voting is currently underway featuring a variety of products from both small and medium/large-sized businesses. Food, alcohol, technological advancements, safety products, jets, and consumer goods are just some of the categories the products nominated as the coolest things made in North Carolina. Voting continues through September 1st at which time the semifinalists will be selected.

Previous winners of the coolest thing in NC include:

2022: Medium-to-Large Business: Caterpillar 299D3 XE Compact Track Loader, Small Business: beachBUB® All-in-One Umbrella System

2021: Western Star 49X Vocational Truck

2020: Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley Electric School Bus

The NC Chamber is the leading business advocacy organization in North Carolina. The Chamber’s mission is “to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina.” The products listed below are just a handful of the ones in this contest. They are ones I found personally interesting or noteworthy and I hope you feel the same way too. You can see the full list of nominees and vote for your favorite here. I can’t wait to see which products take the title of the 2024 Coolest Thing Made In NC.

12 of The Coolest Things Made In North Carolina

  • Beach Mule

    I think we can all agree that the Beach Mule has the coolest logo in NC. This cart is specifically designed to transport your stuff to the beaches- with our NC and East Coast beach terrain in mind. And if you’ve ever tried to find a cart that actually works, you know that is not an easy thing to do! And, the best part? It’s electric!

    Beach Mule

  • HondaJet Elite II

    The HondaJet Elite II is the fastest, farthest, highest-flying, and most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. Which makes it pretty cool! And even more impressive is that this comes from the state of North Carolina (and someone much smarter than me).


  • Cargo Caddie

    Need to transport something via your golf cart? But tired of your things slipping off the seat? Enter The Cargo Caddie which is manufactured in Asheboro, NC. This light utility box will fit any golf cart backseat and rooftop.


  • Crab Pot Christmas Trees

    An easy-to-assemble, durable, outdoor Christmas tree? Yes, please! That’s exactly what Crab Pot Christmas trees are. These trees are designed by a North Carolina crab worker and made right here as well. They store flat, and look gorgeous! I don’t even have a patio, much less a yard but I’m tempted to get some!

    Crab Pot Christmas Trees

  • The Legend Car

    The Legend Car dates back to 1992 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They are used as introductory racecars, and training mechanisms, and are enjoyed by people in countries all over the world.

    The Legend Car

  • Memory Lane Bears

    Memory Lane Bears take an item like a shirt or blanket of a loved one and creates a bear, pillow, stocking, or Christmas ornament out of it. What a wonderful, sentimental keepsake and way to keep loved ones no longer with you close.

    Memory Lane Bears

  • WAG Boarding Steps

    Does your dog love the water? This product made in Denver, NC aims to make the time spent in the water with your pup even more enjoyable. Your dog will be able to easily get in and out of the water without you having to lift them. There are models for boats, docks, and pools.

    WAG Boarding Steps

  • Wrightsock Coolmesh II No Blister Sock

    No one wants blisters from their shoes, and these no blister socks are the best at preventing those painful blisters. These double layered socks are made in North Carolina from recycled fiber that came from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

    No Blister Socks

  • Extended Bus Arm

    The Extended Stop Arm for school buses extends out 6.5′ from the driver’s side of the bus helping keep kids safe by detering illegal passing by 90%. They are made in Mocksville with materials from NC suppliers.

    Extended Stop Arm

  • Ocean Therapy Potions Bug Off Spray

    One of an entire line of all-natural products made in Oak Island, NC Ocean Therapy Potions Bug Off Spray “really works”. It keeps the bugs away but won’t leave a sticky residue on your skin, and is safe to spray on your face and hair as well.

    Ocean Therapy Potions

  • Fun Mom Band Mom's Fanny

    Lululemon belt bag who? This durable, versatile fanny pack is proudly sewn in the mountains of North Carolina.

    Mom’s Fanny

  • Shibumi Shade

    If you’ve been to basically any beach other than Myrtle (where they are not allowed), you’ve probably seen these shades which are much easier to set up than umbrellas and use the breeze to provide shade. My one complaint of this Asheville, NC product- well actually two, they can get loud and I’m just not a fan of the blue color. Though I understand its designed to match the ocean and the sky.

    Shibumi Shade

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