All That Glitters: Jewelry in Fish Creek
Jewelry is good for your health. Yup. I'm a firm believer that putting on a beautiful piece of jewelry can boost your mood, improve your confidence and just give you that special glow. So what better excuse to do a little jewelry browsing in one of Door County's best shopping villages, Fish Creek. My first stop was J. Jeffrey Taylor, where my friend Jeri runs the shop while her husband Jeff creates gorgeous one of a kind gemstone jewelry. But J. Jeffrey Taylor isn't just a jewelry shop. They also have paintings, pottery and a gorgeous collection of glasswork. Although there's a lot to look at, the shop never feels crowded. Instead, it's airy and bright, with a beautiful picture window that looks out onto Main Street, and chairs on the front lawn where you can sit with a cup of coffee and take in some prime people watching. Jeri always looks fabulous, and is always wearing one of Jeff's original creations. Necklace by Jeff Taylor Next, I walked down to the Santa Fe Shop, run by Gary and Judy Lukitsch. Judy developed a love for Native American jewelry when she lived in Phoenix, and Santa Fe Shop has a wonderful selection, as well as amber jewelry from Poland, and they are the only shop in the U.S. that carries the work of Mexican artist Sergio Bustamente. They also carry an impressive collection of handcrafted leather handbags and wallets, and Navajo weavings. But the best thing about the gallery is sweet Emma, the Lukitsch's beautiful Norweigan Elkhound. Emma even made it into the book Dogs of Door County! Emma and her mom at the Santa Fe Shop My final stop of the day was the Gallery of Gold, Karl Stubenvoll's shop housed in a renovated one room schoolhouse that once served as the Catholic church in Fish Creek. Karl creates classic, handcrafted work, and he focuses on rings and pendants, including his iconic designs of Door County cherries and his popular line of trillium. Karl learned the craft of goldsmithing from his father, and has 48 years of experience. It shows. Flying birds by Karl Stubenvoll So if you're looking to improve your health by acquiring some beautiful jewelry, be sure to stop in Fish Creek for a bit of shopping. You'll feel better, I promise.