MANCHESTER, Conn. (WFSB) – In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, we’re highlighting the topics of peace in Manchester.
If the beach is your happy place, then Serenity Threads is the place for you.
“I was at Clinton Township Beach, which is my family’s beach. We’ve been going there forever. I knew at that moment that I wanted to start a business and it was going to be a jewelry store so I had to come up with the name and I was trying to describe the way I felt as I sat there listening to the ocean waves and the calmness really came to me mind,” says owner Melissa Matarazzo.
The 23-year-old started the business three years ago when she was in college.
“I knew my career path was going to be teaching and I had summers off, so I thought it was the perfect thing to fill my time,” says Matarazzo.
She says that she has had a passion for jewelry since she was a child.
“I got my first jewelry bag for Christmas. I still have the original pliers that came with the kit. I remember painting them with nail polish because I wanted them to be fresh and pink, and the polish is still there and I still use them to make any piece of serenity jewelry,” says Matarazzo.
Matarazzo even gives back to charity. She has a PRIDE collection, a breast cancer collection and a beach collection. She says she takes a portion of the sales and gives it back to charities.
Her store has a beach vibe and her jewelry is made of stainless steel so it can be worn in the water.
“My best selling item here is the mermaid earrings. Every piece is named and you can see it on my website,” says Maratzzo.
For information about Maratzzo’s business, click here.
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