Tiny Jewel Box in Washington, D.C., can now say it’s “America’s Coolest Jeweler,” after receiving first place in the Big Cool division (jewelry stores with six or more full-time employees) in INSTORE magazine’s list of America’s Coolest Stores for 2011. The 10-year-old competition rewards independent jewelry retailers for bringing creativity, innovation and personality to their craft. Tiny Jewel Box was cited as introducing many European designers to the U.S. for the first time and expanding into the fashion accessories and corporate gifts markets, adding weight to its first place status.
Owner Linda Goldenstein will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Goldenstein Gallery in November. Known for its commitment to local and regional artists in all mediums and styles, the gallery is the go-to place in Sedona, Ariz., for local and visiting collectors. “We appreciate our community of artists and collectors and have planned many events for them over the next two years,” says Goldenstein.
After more than 27 years, Vespermann-Cooper Gallery of Atlanta, Ga., closed its doors in late August. When founder Seranda Vespermann opened in 1984, she was one of only six glass galleries in the country. “The gallery situation has changed so much,” said Vespermann. “We are disappointed that something we had had such high hopes for did not work out, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to be sad or melancholy about doing the smart thing.” Vespermann said she will continue to design corporate awards and stained glass commissions.
Move over, snow globes and T-shirts. Travelers at the San Francisco International Airport can now spend preflight time shopping for American-made crafts and folk art, including works by Bay Area artists, at the new Mosaic Gallery, designed by DDI and operated by Avila Travel. The attractive wood storefront at the airport’s Terminal 2 reflects the airport’s commitment to the arts.