Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:
It began where all good things happen — in the kitchen.
Erin Edwards, a 33-year old, stay-at-home mom of four beautiful children, sat in her kitchen in Tulsa, Okla., and began teaching herself in 2009 “how to make jewelry by Googling, reading books and magazines,” she says.
Next, Erin took her handcrafted jewelry to eBay, and as consumer interest rose, she and her husband Ryan opened up a shop on Etsy, an e-commerce website. Next came their own website.
And then, in June of 2010, “we opened up a retail store in Tulsa,” plus another store, Erin says.
And now with her husband Ryan, 37, (whose email signature sign-off is “Be Blessed,” gotta love that), Erin has a bustling business, “The Vintage Pearl,” which employs more than five dozen workers.
Erin’s business, The Vintage Pearl, makes customized jewelry out of sterling silver, freshwater pearls and birthstone crystals that incorporate names, dates or words of inspiration. The team hand crafts necklaces, bracelets, key chains, leather cuffs, earrings, even dog tags, baby spoons, and more.
Story submitted by Kristi.