Name of business or product: Wild Balance Jewelry; Annie Kerr, owner and designer.
Date business was launched: Wild Balance was officially established in the spring of 2012, although I have been designing, creating and selling jewelry in Summit County since 2009.
What goods do you make here in Summit County? How much do they cost? My main focus is creating lightweight earrings, designed with a combination of metals, shapes and a splash of color. Wild Balance earrings can be found in stores for $20 to $28.
What’s great about making your products here? Summit County has proven to be a perfect fit to start my business. I am constantly inspired and supported by the local community, particularly by the Arts District of Breckenridge. I am lucky enough to be a resident artist at the Fuqua Livery Stable, where I rent a studio space to make jewelry, sew and teach workshops. The ladies of Summit County have embraced my earrings as part of their everyday mountain wardrobe, making it fun for me to walk down the sidewalks and recognize my work on both familiar and new faces! Also, I can’t leave out the fact that the backdrop of the mountains is a constant, refreshing, creative inspiration.
What’s new with your company or product? Wild Balance is expanding into stores all around the state! This spring, I added some new styles to the line, with bright colors and combinations, and I am also having a lot of fun playing with some unique variations on studs. Additionally, I have broken into a new niche of providing coordinating bridesmaids earrings, working with brides to create a style that compliments the colors and feel of their wedding day.
Why do you think it’s important for people in Summit County to buy locally made goods? Besides the obvious economic benefits of buying locally, I believe that shopping locally provides a sense of pride and creative motivation within a community. By supporting local business and art, you are, in a way, showing that you are proud of where the item came from and all the extra effort and steps it might take to produce something in a small, mountain town. It’s important to take pride in the fact that in this enormous, connected, global economy, small communities can still thrive.
How can people find out more about your products? Check out my website, thewildbalance.com; follow on Facebook, or stop by and say hi at the Fuqua on Washington Avenue in Breckenridge! Office hours are posted on the door. Also, I teach a jewelry workshop every second Friday of the month; find details on the town of Breckenridge website.