In an era over-saturated with inexpensive costume jewelry from stores like Forever 21, Claire’s, Icing and Charming Charlie, it’s easy to think the art of local jewelry making is all but extinct.
This week, we delved into the Spokane fashion scene to prove that stylish jewelry is made and can still be purchased locally. Here are a few local artists you should check out. Of course, these are only a sample of the many local jewelry makers.
1. Finders Keepers II
Nestled in a cozy office behind the front desk, Rebecka Anderson — artist, crochet master and Finders Keepers jeweler — can be found constantly dreaming up and crafting new creations.
Known as Artesian Fox, Anderson is refreshingly enthusiastic about her art, trendy jewelry pieces and quirky pet squirrel, Earl Grey.
From a young age she was crafty. Growing up, she and her grandmother would get together every Sunday and work on a new project whether it was painting, crocheting or jewelry making.
“I obviously couldn’t decide which one is my favorite because I still do them all,” Anderson says
Anderson specializes in wire weaving, an intricate art form that involves bending wire into unique artistic designs like swirls, flowers or lines. From earrings to bracelets to necklaces, she makes it all.
Her jewelry prices range anywhere from $5 to $200, depending on the intricacy of the pieces (see pictures below for pricing examples).
She is also available to do jewelry repairs and custom orders. Her jewelry can be purchased in Finders Keepers II or you can contact her on her Artesian Fox Facebook page. You can also find Artesian Fox creations at Hopped Up Brewery’s annual event, Hopped Up On Art, Music and Beer, on Sept. 6.
2. Calamity Jane’s Boutique
The first things you experience when you walk into Calamity Jane’s Boutique are the soothing John Mayer-esque ballads, the fresh scents of an always-burning candle, the perfectly aligned racks of stylish clothes, and the large table and hanging fixture filled with modern jewelry designed by Donna Hauck.
Donna Hauck, the grandmother of Calamity Jane’s Boutique owner Sam Grimm, has been in the jewelry making business for three years. Her jewelry line, Repurpose Jewelry, is modern, affordable and stylish.
“Jewelry making is her hobby. She has always been crafty and loves making presents for friends, so she turned this excitement and her ideas into a jewelry business after she retired three years ago,” Grimm says.
The name Repurpose Jewelry comes from the supplies she uses; buttons around the house and new jewels she picks up from the store constantly inspire her. She loves taking beautiful supplies and finding a “repurpose” for them.
Donna Hauck also offers a more personalized shopping experiences, hosting jewelry parties upon request. The parties are similar to Cookie Lee jewelry parties — she sets up her jewelry supply at your venue so that you and your guests can shop and enjoy each other’s company. She also is available to create custom wedding jewelry.
Calamity Jane’s receives new jewelry weekly and prices range from $10 to $40. Donna Hauck can be contacted at [email protected]
At its new location in Wandermere, Mel’s is an eclectic boutique carrying a mix of clothing, furniture, giftware and jewelry. Following its spirit of diversity, Mel’s carries a large collection of jewelry ranging from pieces purchased in jewelry markets in Atlanta, Seattle and Vegas to pieces created by local designers here in Spokane.
“We usually find our local designers just by them walking in. If we like their pieces, we sell them in our store,” says Jennifer Griffith, Mel’s sales associate.
Two of their top-selling brands by local designers are Leather Cuffs, by Laurie Hamblen and Mishakaudi “Build-A-Necklace," by Marissa Lewis. Because of their popularity, Mel’s orders more of these brands every two to three weeks. Prices on most local brands range from $5 to $99.
To purchase some of these great local pieces head into Mel’s Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 7 pm and Sunday from, 11 am to 6 pm. For more information, contact Marilyn Brink, Mel’s jewelry buyer, at the store during weekdays.
When Hoopfest rolls around each June, there are always two types of “Hoopfesters”—the players and the fans. This year we thought we would offer a different perspective by focusing on Hoopfest street style.
Traditionally, Hoopfest teams of three try to bring their A-game in three categories: athletic skill, team unity and costume. But as the tournament continually grows and changes, so does the costume aspect of the team trifecta.
For the 25th anniversary of Hoopfest, both players and fans were on point with their street style. Most teams went with the sporty versus costume look. There was an abundance of Nike, Under Armour and Adidas apparel.
The overarching trends worn by fans were aviator sunglasses, Strideline socks, as mentioned last week, and summer festival attire similar to Coachella and Lollapalooza. You might even say this year’s street style could be referred to as “Hoopchella.”
Editor's Note: Keep checking back for Spokane fashion watch blogs all summer.
Socks, yes socks, are currently dominating the fashion world. From Rob Kardashian’s sock line, Arthur George, to the eclectic LittleMissMatched stores, these two-feet wonders are helping athletes, business professionals and everyday fashion connoisseurs create a personal statement. However, a Pacific Northwest company, Strideline Socks, is helping bring the national trend right here to Spokane.
With Hoopfest around the corner, we thought we should focus on the fashion sock trend. Each year, Hoopfest teams pre-game the tournament by trying to outwit each other with the most creative names and costumes — this year even with socks.
An innovative Seattle company, Strideline Socks, has made an appearance in the Spokane area. The noteworthy Strideline City Socks line features mid-calf socks colorfully embroidered with major city skylines. Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and even Spokane are some of the cities featured in this line.
These socks made their way out here because of Spokane native Sam Talkington. He connected with the Strideline Socks co-founders Jake Director and Riley Goodman while attending the University of Washington.
“After I saw the sock line I knew it would be perfect for Spokane,” Talkington says. “I had to do a lot of fighting, pushing and advocating to get these socks created. Spokane has such a sports culture and I knew the people here would be receptive to the brand. It has been a huge success so far.”
Strideline-Spokane is doing a #Hoopfest25 giveaway and your team could win four pairs of socks. To enter this contest, “like” the Strideline-Spokane Facebook page, share the #Hoopfest25 giveaway post and leave a comment with the name of your team. The contest ends June 23.
Strideline-Spokane socks can be found at Kimmel, Sports Town and will soon be carried at the EWU and WSU downtown bookstores. They can also be found at major Spokane events including Bloomsday and Hoopfest — they’ll have a booth in River Park Square. The cost per pair of socks is $13.95.
Sephora, the latest big chain to stake out a spot in Spokane, opens tomorrow at River Park Square. The makeup-and-beauty giant already has a presence at local malls, but this is the first full store in the area. The store is located on the second level, where part of the Abercrombie & Fitch store used to be.Sephora stores carry more than a hundred brands, as well as the Sephora label, for wall-to-wall lipstick, blush, nail polish and more. Name a color visible to the human eye, and they’ve got the matching eyeshadow. (Recently they’ve been promoting a Disney Jasmine Collection with 15 shades of eyeshadow pulled directly from scenes in the 1992 movie Aladdin. Rumor has it the Little Mermaid-inspired set is coming this fall.)
Doors will open at 10 am. It’s hard to know whether there will be a line of eagerly waiting customers, but Spokane has a history of giving chain stores an enthusiastic welcome.
People went crazy for the grand opening of H&M last fall, and camped overnight for the opening of Trader Joe’s, too. Chipotle opened in north Spokane last year after fans demanded it on Facebook. In 2011, hundreds of people lined up for the opening of the Apple Store.
Why does Spokane love its big chain stores so much? In 20 years of Best of the Inland Northwest results, readers frequently picked new national arrivals for the year’s Best New Business: Restoration Hardware in 2001, Old Navy in 2002, Cabela’s in 2008, Trader Joe’s in 2012.
Here at The Inlander we try to encourage shopping local, but it’s impossible to deny that bigger chains make us feel like a bigger city. Even if you don’t really want chain stores here, you want chain stores to want to be here. And businesses that employ people are always better than empty storefronts.
When it comes to shopping local, two locations are the first to pop into the heads of Spokanites — the Monroe and Garland districts.
On Monroe, you’ll find the stores from purchasing-past. While many people love getting ahold of a classic flapper dress or the most awesome ’70s puke-green sofa, the store that provides the perfect preservation of time is 4000 Holes. Selling records of the best genres, this little store has been a staple around the neighborhood for ages.
But iPods and mp3 players and smartphones have led to the decline in sells at 4000 Holes. It's been apparent this Spokane landmark needs a little help.
A bit north of 4000 Holes, you’ll find the Garland District. At the heart of the block is Mark’s Guitar Shop. For years this business has allowed musicians to thrive. Everybody loves Mark’s. But the harsh winter caused a slow economy at the store. Something needs to help them get out of the slump.
That’s where Spokane Cash Mob comes in. Less secretive and choreographed than other trendy mobs, this type is all about shopping. Coming off of the success at Glamarita last year that brought in $8,000, the folks behind SCM are hoping to make this music mob the biggest cash mob in the country. Both targeted businesses were nominated last fall.
Here's how it works:
Promoters ask people to head out to these shops on March 23 — that's today — between the hours of 1 pm and 4 pm.
No dance skills are required. Instead, spend $20 at either 4000 Holes or Mark’s Guitar Shop, and get admission to an after-mob party for buying locally.
"Two of our beloved Spokane Music icons are experiencing financial difficulties and are in danger of closing," event organizers wrote in an email to supporters. "YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!"
The holiday season is over but that doesn't mean you have to stop giving. Or receiving, for that matter. Besides, it's getting, chillier which means your skin is probably getting dry and scratchy. Why not treat yourself with some inexpensive spa treatments and help the YWCA's fight to end domestic violence at the same time?
This weekend the Health and Beauty Spa Show hits the Spokane Community Community College Lair with 90 booths and over 20 sample treatments including massages, skin care, airbrush tanning, brow waxing, mini facials, anti-aging treatments, laser, manicures, mini makeovers and a whole lot more. $5 single sample spa treatments will also be available.
Make sure you keep your entry ticket if you'd like to purchase spa treatments inside. And if you don't get enough fabulousity on Saturday, go ahead and come back on Sunday; the hand stamp you'll get when you first enter the show is good for both days.
The Health and Beauty Show will be in the Spokane Community College Lair, located at 1810 N. Greene St., from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7; $5 with the donation of any non-perishable food or hygiene item to the YWCA shelter. Visit healthbeautyshow.com for more information.
Well we'd heard about it and heard about it and reported on it (then other people reported on it), but the buzz around the Apple Store in downtown Spokane has a glassy finality to it. On the plywood facade erected around the old Eddie Bauer location (710 W. Main Ave.), the computer and lifestyle corporation has finally branded itself.
No official date has been set for the launch.
Several friends and acquaintances of The Inlander have been interviewed for positions at the new store, which is a good sign, though a peep in an open door last week showed an interior that was still really rough.
Given the company's mostly impeccable control of buzz and consumer demand of its products (love the iPhone/iPad/iPod or hate them, Apple is invariably seen as the company to beat in smartphones/tablets/mp3 players), we're going to wager a guess that the Apple Store will be open in time for Black Friday.
Anyone gotten hired there yet? Email me at luke[at]inlander[dot]com.