We had the good fortune of connecting with Edie Klein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve been creating jewelry for about 17 years and I initially started my own business as a way to help fund the jewelry supplies I was buying. I was making gifts for friends and family and getting rave reviews so thought what better way to pay for my hobby than to start my own small business. Over the years, as my family has grown and my skills have evolved, it’s become more about wanting the flexibility to work from home and spend more time with my daughter.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m so proud that I’m able to share a piece of my family’s history through creating jewelry. The farm where the barn sits has been in my family since the late 1800s. My dad has told me stories of working alongside my great-uncle learning how to tend livestock and tinker on tractors there. I love that I can keep those memories alive while repurposing the barn wood into something new. It’s not an easy material to work with, but it provides so much character to my finished pieces. I use boards from both inside and outside of the barn. When using exterior boards, I try to preserve the beautifully weathered patina as much as possible. Even though the wood comes from the same barn, no two boards are alike. Each piece has its own grain and coloring that make it unique.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anytime we have friends or family come for a visit we try to take them to locally owned businesses. One of our favorite restaurants is Alessia’s Ristorante Italiano in Mesa. It’s owned by husband and wife team Jon and Shari Carr and they treat you like family when you dine with them. Chef Shari trained with an Italian chef for 10 years and has mastered the central to northern Italian cuisine. She makes everything from scratch and uses nothing but the freshest ingredients. Jon has an extensive knowledge of wine and will help guide you to select the best glass or bottle for your meal.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my family! They’ve been there every step of the way for me. Whether its my husband and daughter helping me set up in the early morning hours for a market or being my cheerleaders when I need the extra support to keep going. To my dad who does the hard labor of salvaging the barn wood for me and my mom who listens as I talk through ideas and inspirations for my business. They all play an integral part allowing me to do something I love.