Community Series - Alara Jewelry's Babs Noelle
Posted on October 28 2019
Needless to say, I didn't give up my lease after that night, and my considerations of moving to Denver abrubtly stopped.
Since that night, she's become a good friend and a sounding board for all things business. She continues to be an inspiration to me, as she does to many other business people in our town. Each time we talk, whether it's as downtown business owners or as friends, I learn something new from her and about her (Graphology, really?), and I'm guaranteed a few laughs as well.
I'm so happy to feature her for this community series.
Sometimes "the look" is accompanied by happy tears, which I imagine is something few people in retail get to witness. I imagine it's because there is something ever-so-intimate about the jewelry design process, given the emotionally-laden nature of jewelry and gems.
During the "baby, it's cold outside" months: dancing of nearly any kind imaginable, and often in the kitchen.
She went through the same type of Master's training in Germany that I did, except she learned the ways of textile and I learned the ways of metal.
Until her dementia diagnosis (she is about to turn 92), she served as a wonderful sounding board for all sorts of quandaries and milestones.
These days, I find that I find my own inspiration through those I informally and formally mentor in my own field. While there's "nothing new under the sun," I enjoy the light of every designer I meet. (Maybe that's why I carry the work of over 70 of them. I guess you could say I have a problem).
For cocktails, I'm a Plonk or Open Range gal.
For wine, I enjoy going to Blend or Barley and Vine.
The entire mission of Alara is to return fine jewelry to its glory days of artisanal crafting, as opposed to mass-produced "whatever."
On the more serious side, we do not stock any jewelry or gems that are made, mined, or cut in countries that turn a blind eye to child labor. It's a grass-roots effort we've undertaken, and it's starting to see more and more buy-in.