Local Artists My daughter recently went to Israel and brought back gifts for our family. The usual shawls, mezuzahs, Star of David pendants. My gift was a dried up seed or nut of some kind that she picked up along the way. She knew that I would treasure this as much as a flea market find. The texture and organic look to it is part of how I feel about my art. Whether it is jewelry, sculpture, photography or painting, I like to mix different elements to create a textural feeling. All of my work is one-of-a-kind and cannot be duplicated. Some things are similar, but never the same. -Carol Rock Alisa creates jewelry pieces for women with distinctive tastes. Born and raised in Michigan, Alisa has a Human Resources degree with a specialization in Training and Development. Alisa started her career in design by developingand implementing “Dress for Success” courses for women in the corporate world. Using a variety of textured metals and semi-precious beads along with interesting, eye-catching designs, there’s an Alisa L.C. Design piece that fits your unique personality. Two Friends Jewelry is a trendy jewelry line created by Stephanie Podolsky and Sydney Freedman. A portion of all proceeds goes to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bella Beads is a brand new line of trendy, and fashionable bracelets for great prices that are created and designed by Nicole and Liza. Nicole and Liza were inspired to create a line of bracelets that they could wear with any outfit, on any day of the week, for an affordable price. Bella Beads is the must have accessory to wear to the pool with cutoff shorts and a summery tank or out for a night on the town with friends. They are perfect birthday gifts, graduation gifts, and are especially great as a treat for yourself! Bella Beads are available in tons of different colors, various sizes and styles, and there are many adorable charms to choose from to further personalize your bella. Judy owns and operates LoveJudy Designs, a fun, little jewelry company. She creates pieces using a variety of materials including Swarovski crystals, beads of all kinds, pearls, stones, various metals, wire, yarns and threads. No matter the material, each piece is made with gratitude. Inspiration can come from anything from an interesting bead to people, places, events, to words and quotes or lyrics of a song. Robert Frost said in his poem, The Mountain, “All the fun’s in the way you say a thing.” To borrow from Mr. Frost, Judy says “All the fun’s in the way you make a thing” is a description of the LoveJudy Designs approach. Adina has been designing and making jewelry for as long as she can remember. It started out as a fun hobby and then, approximately 17 years ago, it started to take off! Adina would wear her pieces and people would always ask where she had purchased them.She knew she was on to something… and began making necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Then about eight years ago, she made a fun “Buddha Bracelet.” Little did she know, that that would become a hit and her signature piece! From that moment on… Adina has designed and made FUN, CHIC, and STYLISH beaded bracelets!! Each one is made with love! Created by local artist, Jodi, her designs are very original. She specializes in creating and personalizing especially for you. Jodi started making necklaces in March 2013 and is now also doing bookmarks, keychains, bracelets, family notes, and more! Our journey began with the fascination of finding petoskey stones. After years of gaining knowledge and skill we came to evolve our business of StuderStones. StuderStones was established in 2005 with the goal of providing quality craftsmanship to provide the best product to our jewelers and retail customers all over the world. It takes commitment, experiance and skill to craft each bead and stone by hand. The effort to continuously improve our services pay off every time we see our customers big smile when they receive our handmade beads and custom jewelry. That is the best reward for us. Jonathan is a local Michigan artist who creates European-style and slimline pens as well as letter openers using various standard and premium woods. Jonathan can create custom key chains from exotic materials like elk antler and other resources. All of his items are hand crafted to a very fine finish with precision and excellence. Emery’s offers engraving on Jonathan’s pieces for a personal touch. Amy specializes in hand painted, personalized gifts for all ages! From piggy banks, and jewelry boxes, to step stools, rocking chairs, and bookends, these are a few of the many items available. Artworks by Amy LLC allows customers to design one-of-a-kind, creative, and custom painted items.