I was 27.  I had a boyfriend.  He had a motorcycle.  We rode on Sauvie Island together, dreaming (secretly, independently) about the future. 

 

Humble Beginnings.

 

Dorkin' it up with one of my first sales!

 

March 15th, 2008:  I opened a tiny studio to the public with a lot of heart, a little drive and a touch of insanity.  I had no money, no accounts, no dedicated buyers.   A band played.  It was raining.  People bought stuff.  We celebrated.  It felt like everything was going to be okay.

And it was. A thriving (100+ indie shops) wholesale business, fresh retail store with 50+ vendors, growing online business, a love partnership, multiple local indie contractors, and 6 employees later...

 

brick + mortar, view from the loft.

 

The shop view from the door.

 

Thank you for believing in this little company.  Thank you for seeing us through our growing pains, for building genuine relationships with us, for giving us a reason to make it even better, tighter, and stronger.  Thank you for being such awesome, supportive, encouraging, vibrant-- customers, partners, friends, and family.  We have so much love for you.  We can't wait to show you what else we've got up our sleeves.

 

From our family to yours...

 

Thank you for 4 awesome years.  Thank you. xo~betsy + will ***Song of the Moment: The Winner Is, by Devotchka & Mychael Danna***

20 thoughts on 4 years ago, today.

betsy:

Thank you, Aunt Ellen! Miss you!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

bonnie:

Dear Betsy,

I just visited your website… why? Just yesterday I mentioned to another Portland
artist how wonderful your jewelry is let alone the most unique, beautiful and warm
human being you truly are. I tell EVERYONE about you Betsy and your fantastic
earrings.

I know for a fact that you cannot be the best secret in town but I am so happy
that you are sharing your gift for all the beautiful ladies. Congratulations again
and ofcourse to Will too ( he does such a beautiful job being your partner)
thank you bonnie b

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Aw, Bonnie, thank you so much. You have always been such a wonderful customer. It’s always such a pleasure to see you—-when do we get to see you again!? It’s meeting wonderful people like you that really makes this whole adventure worth it for us. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and support. You are a wonderful lady!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Thanks so much, Suzy! You have been so awesome/helpful through it all! YES, get me some more of that ICE CREAM!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

maba:

Congratulations! I KNOW how hard you work and I can’t think of anyone more deserving for sweet success than you and Will! Happy Sales to you!!!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Ellen:

Happy 4th birthday…wishing you many, many more!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Thank you, Maba!! You’re the SWEETEST!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Alisha:

So awesome! Congrats to you and Will on living the dream. xo!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Thank you so much, Alisha! So glad we’re friends :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Alisha:

Aw, me too! I need to come by the shop soooon!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

YES! We need to get together! xo!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

sulu-design:

Happy shop birthday/anniversary! Now for cake and ice cream…

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Sayo,

Hi!! I think you just made my day. …Yep…you just made my day. I just checked out your website and I love your work!! I can only imagine that it is even better (yes, better) in person. Next time you’re in Portland, please stop by again and say hello! We’d love to meet you. Thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you for reading. You are truly awesome.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

sarah:

YEAH!!! xoxo. and many more…..

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Thank you, Sarah! xoxo!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

us:

Happy Birthday! You guys are AMAZING! Wish we were there with a cake!
xooxoxoxox

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Awwww, thank you!! We wish you were here, too! (especially, with cake…yes, please). LOVE YOU!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

ThomPaul:

Congratulations Betsy! Your shop looks AWESOME!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

betsy:

Thank you, Thom Paul! You are so a big part of the whole adventure!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Sayo:

Hi Betsy!

I’ve been “lurking” in the shadows for a while (sounds so creepy- sorry) but I just wanted to let you know 3 things.

1. A few years ago, I was trying to build a website. I was searching the internet for inspiration and was BLOWN AWAY when I came across yours. (that’s how all this lurking business began) Fantastic photographs!

2. I recently was visiting my mom in the NW and got a chance to check out your shop- SO cute. I have to say, your jewelry looks nice in photos, but it is so much nicer in person. I make jewelry too and usually find the opposite to be true. Impressive :)

3. Congratulations on 4 years!!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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