Creating Jewelry That’s Unique and Personal

Some jewelry pieces evoke warm memories, have an important story, or once belonged to a loved one. These pieces are cherished as a family treasure that is passed on through generations. That’s the life jewelry should have, says Phyllis Harrison. She’s the co-owner of LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop with her husband, Steph Farber. “We believe jewelry should be deeply personal and be made to last lifetimes,” Harrison says.

That philosophy is at the heart of each piece of custom jewelry created at LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma. Harrison spends time learning not only about what the customer might want, but also why. She shares an example:

“A groom wanted a simple white gold wedding band, but also somehow wanted to use a yellow gold ring that was his grandmother’s. The groom’s grandmother had raised him and was a significant figure in his life.”

Harrison and Farber proposed casting a new ring around the old ring. The finished piece, from the outside, looked like a simple white gold man’s wedding band. On the inside his grandmother’s ring was clearly visible, including the engraving.

Another couple wanted matching wedding bands, but had differing ideas about what they liked. By learning more about them, Harrison found that the schwa (a vowel symbol that looks like an upside-down letter “e”) was meaningful to them. With the help of computer-aided design software and a 3D printer to create molds, Farber crafted matching rings that were beautiful and unique. These are characteristics that have described the workmanship at LeRoy Jewelers for more than 75 years.

“We can do just about whatever a client wants,” notes Harrison. That starts with finding the spark that sets the initial design concept in motion. Working within the client’s budget, the jewelers determine the best methods to achieve the desired outcome.

“We really pride ourselves on helping our clients tell their stories the way they want them to be told,” concludes Harrison.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

LeRoy Jewelers

940 Broadway, Tacoma

253.272.3377

ljewelers.com

Bathrooms Made Perfect For Seniors

Local family-owned Silverado Showers LLC specializes in low maintenance customized senior showers with easy-to-clean nonporous, solid surface products. According to company owner Larry Leonard, “Silverado can meet your bathroom needs with showers that are professionally installed and guaranteed.”

Because of customization and ease of use, a Silverado Shower is perfect for seniors with mobility concerns, says Leonard. “We are the experts in tub-to-shower conversions with over 20 years of experience.” He notes that most conversions are being completed in two days.

Every solid surface shower that Silverado installs is custom-designed to meet any mobility challenges and to fit the needs of the users. Features to choose from include walk-in showers, floor-level entrances, shower seats and benches, roll-in edges on the shower pan, customizable easy-reach shelves and caddies, handheld shower wands, and grab bars. “Safety and ease of use are the ultimate goals,” says Leonard.

The design process starts with a solid one-piece shower. Then you can choose between low profile, standard height or ramped curbs in standard and customized sizes. There are also custom wall surrounds in smooth, textured, slate tile, or subway tile finishes with over 50 color options.

Seamless, nonporous surfaces are ideal for use in the bathroom, says Leonard, since there are no microscopic gaps where mold, germs or bacteria can hide. For a fully custom look that transforms the entire bathroom, matching solid surface vanities with integrated, seamless sinks can be installed to complete the space.

Escape from the every day and rejuvenate your bathroom into your very own luxury sanctuary, as practical as it is beautiful.

Silverado Showers serves the greater South Sound area, including South King County, all of Pierce County, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Lacey, Olympia and surrounding areas. For more ideas on how you can customize your solid surface shower, check out silveradoshowers.com or visit the showroom in Fife.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Silverado Showers
LLC 5007 Pacific Hwy E, Suite 21, Fife
253.310.6540
silveradoshowers.com

Trend Report – Spring 2019

If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions, they have become solid habits. And what goes better with new habits than a fresh wardrobe? Reward yourself for your hard work! Get ready for a new season by adding some of these new trends to your wardrobe this spring.

Classic Cardi

Cardigans are having a moment in the spotlight. The fashion classic will never go out of style but occasionally it does come more sharply into focus. This season it is a trend that is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Buttoned up or open, oversized or fitted, this staple piece is now being seen with new design details to make it more modern. It’s easy to wear to the office and perfect for date night.

Sweet Sorbet

When it comes to spring color palettes, pastels are anything but revolutionary. In fact, we expect the parade of lilac, mint green and baby pink when the weather starts to warm up. This season, designers are incorporating pastels’ more saturated sisters—sorbet hues—into their looks.

Crochet Creations

Styles debuting this spring feature crochet in fashions as varied as pullovers and provocative dresses. These easy-to-wear items can be dressed up or down. Chic and effortless, crochet is statement-making without being loud. This is a far cry from anything you would have found in your grandmother’s wardrobe.

Ballet Is Back

The romantic, whimsical look and feel of the ballet flat inspired a redo of the classic shoe and led to a new array of pumps. The dancewear staple made its way onto the runway and into our fashion lineup in a way that is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. This season’s looks are comfortable and versatile. Pair flats with a breezy sundress or a tailored suit for a look that is poised and polished.

ANDREA LERUM

Holy Lamb Organics New Oly Showroom

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington, for 18 years. For the first time, though, the South Sound community can access a “touch and feel” experience in Olympia. The company’s recently opened retail showroom is the only all-natural bedding store between Seattle and Portland, according to owners Jason and Mindy Schaefer.

The showroom is “new” for the company and the community, but “old” for a building. It occupies the lower floor of the historic Olympia Steam Plant. “We’re excited to be part of the downtown Olympia neighborhood, and the Steam Plant building is a great fit for our business,” says Mindy Schaefer.

Holy Lamb Organics’ manufacturing plant is located in what was once Oakville’s historic Little Bit General Store, which served the community in eastern Grays Harbor County for over 85 years. Built in 1902, the building also includes a showroom that is open to the public.

According to the Schaefers, Holy Lamb Organics bedding is handmade using the highestquality materials and forward-thinking design and innovation. Made in the USA, the products are natural and certified organic. The Schaefers add that replacing the bedding of an allergy sufferer with natural products can reduce or eliminate the effects of the allergies.

Besides promoting health and well-being, the Schaefers’ vision is to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices in their manufacturing and selling. “We bring distinctive, comfy, healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

The Schaefers hope for their showroom to become a hub for the community and aim to do their part to support community events. They invite you to the new showroom to touch, feel and experience the difference in all-natural bedding.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Holy Lamb Organics
113 Thurston Ave NE, Olympia
holylamborganics.com

Fairy-Tale Wedding Love Story

When Emma Guffin and Sam Price envisioned a romantic yet whimsical fairy-tale wedding, they had no idea how wonderful it would be. “We looked at a lot of spots and finally we found the Cooper Creek Inn near Mount Rainier, and it was the perfect wood-inspired backdrop,” the bride said. The couple loves to spend time outdoors and camping together. In fact, Sam proposed to Emma on a camping trip.

“Once we found the location, we asked my mom to help with designing the decor and look and feel for the wedding and ceremony,” said Emma. The planning took place over a year. It was a romantic and whimsical time for all who attended. The bride’s mother, Debbie Guffin, said she had a wonderful time creating the ambiance for the event.

To create this spectacular fairy-tale wedding, the family worked with Blitz & Co. Florist in Tacoma. “This was one of the really amazing events that we had the opportunity to partner on and fulfill the wedding design ideas through floral and greenery applications,” said Steve Barbazette at Blitz.

“The wedding aisle was really long, so we had a daybed covered with greenery and lanterns and a guest book along the way,” the bride explained. “I love Pride and Prejudice so for the wedding program we used Jane Austen book covers. Everywhere you turned there was something new for guests to discover.”

During the wedding ceremony a string quartet played to enhance the romantic mood. As a creative touch, there was also a cigar bar down another trail and a love potion station where the couple did their wedding toast.

The wedding told a romantic love story. “It was so much more than we could have imagined,” said the new Mrs. Price. It seems love was truly in the air during the fairy-tale wedding in the forest.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Blitz & Co. Florist, Tacoma
blitzflorist.com

Kate Ames Photography, Portland
kateamesphotography.com

Sharing the Love: Donate a Wedding Dress

Planning a wedding can be costly, but finding a beautiful dress that makes you feel like a million bucks doesn’t have to break your budget. Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit bridal boutique with locations in Tacoma, Seattle and Portland, specializes in connecting budgetconscious brides with the gown of their dreams at a fraction of the suggested retail price. The icing on the cake (pun intended) is that every purchase helps fund donations to local and national organizations supporting women.

“All of our dresses are donated,” explains Erin Scharf, founder of Brides for a Cause. “We receive dresses from around the country from traditional retail bridal stores, designers, manufacturers and individuals.” Each dress is then priced by style, popularity, condition and age. When dresses hit the racks for sale, they are marked at 30–70% off retail prices. Special events, like the boutiques’ 50% off sale and $150 Dress Dash, can bring prices down even further.

“In six years we have collected more than 10,000 dresses and donated more than half a million dollars to women-focused charities,” Scharf says proudly. The nonprofit is on track to donate $175,000 in 2018 to beneficiaries like the Seattle chapter of Young Women Empowered—an organization focused on giving girls confidence, resiliency and leadership skills.

Buying a sample, discontinued or repurposed gown isn’t for everyone. But many brides rave online about their experiences finding the perfect dress at Brides for a Cause boutiques. “If you don’t find your dress on your first visit, come back or check a different location,” says Scharf. “We put out new inventory weekly.”

If you have a dress you’d like to donate, drop it off at any of the locations or mail it to the shop. Dresses must be five years old or newer and in reasonably good condition.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information
Brides for a Cause
Locations in Tacoma, Seattle and Portland
bridesforacause.com

Panowicz Jewelers: Celebrating 70 Years

Even after seven decades, Panowicz Jewelers still holds true to its founding: a legacy of quality, integrity and value. Begun in 1948 by Anton Panowicz Sr., the local-family-owned jewelry store is celebrating its 70th anniversary serving the Olympia community.

“Retail has to be about outstanding customer service and care,” says Rob Panowicz, son of the late founder. “We continue to cater to our customers and put them first in all aspects of the business.”

“As a store we genuinely care about our customers,” echoes Leslie Panowicz, general manager. “One of our favorite aspects of this business is being a part of clients’ special moments that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

She said customers will often come into the store and recount a memory when her grandfather or father helped them choose a ring that was perfect for the occasion and fit within their budget. “These memories are so special and help us remember our roots,” Leslie said.

Indeed, adds Rob Panowicz, a unique quality of his team is the longevity of tenure and the services they provide. With two goldsmiths and two certified gemologists on staff, Panowicz Jewelers is able to

offer many services in store that other retailers would often need to outsource.

Panowicz Jewelers prides itself on its history while also remaining contemporary in both variety and selection of merchandise. You don’t need to travel to a big city to find that special piece of jewelry, says Leslie. “Panowicz is on par with the larger, upscale corporate jewelry stores with quality and selection. We can also custom-order jewelry to fit your occasion.”

To stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, Leslie Panowicz traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, in the fall with other jewelry retailers from around the world. She hand-selected diamonds in order to offer exclusive international merchandise in Olympia. She says it’s all part of continuing the 70-year legacy of serving the community’s jewelry needs.

NATE PETERS

For Additional Information
Panowicz Jewelers
111 Market St NE, Olympia
panowicz.com

Gift Guide 2018

We scoured the area and compiled this list of our favorite gifts.

Glassy Baby: votive glass candles
Each hand-blown glass votive is a work of art. As unique as the individual who chooses one, formed by eight hands, born in the USA, each with its own name, one of a kind. Kind of like you.
~$45-$105
glassybaby.com
Indoor Skydiving
Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane.
~$79 and up
iflyworld.com/seattle
Batdorf and Bronson gift set
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters would love to send you and the people you love coffee cheer for the holidays.
~$18-$37
batdorfcoffee.com
Copper River Knife
Chopping it up, Alexandra Paliwoda’s handforged knife’s curved, easy-grip handle and beveled blade allow the knife to make quick work of fresh herbs, cheese, and crispy pizza. A hand-forged, notched steel stand offers convenient storage and display.
~$55
uncommongoods.com
Out of print tote
Out of Print turns beloved books into wearable fashions like tote bags and T-shirts to spread the joy (and importance) of reading to communities in need. For each product sold, a book is donated.
~$18
outofprintclothing.com
Artisan stoppers
Hand crafted, locally made, wood wine stoppers by Peter Yohann.
~$45
creativeforcesgallery.com

Fair Trade Gems Protect People

Do you think about where the products you purchase come from and how they were manufactured? Social responsibility is a growing concern for many consumers and businesses. Whether it’s coffee or computers, beauty products or building supplies, or food for pets or people, we want balance between what we’re buying and how it was made.

The jewelry industry was put in the spotlight in 2006 when the movie Blood Diamond illustrated the illicit measures occurring to fund extremist activities. Improvements have been made in the diamond trade since, but little had been done to formalize fair trade practices for colored gem stones.

“We have always done our best to work with ethically sourced gems, but there were few industry standards,” explained Phyllis Harrison, co-owner with her husband, Steph Farber, of LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop. “We’ve found a great partner in Columbia Gem House, which is a world leader in fair trade practices for gem stones.”

Based in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia Gem House promotes that its fair trade gems are closely tracked from mine to market to ensure that every gem has been handled according to strict protocols. These protocols include environmental protection, fair labor practices at the cutting and jewelry factories, and a tight chain of custody. Columbia says these protocols eliminate the possibility of treated gems or synthetics being introduced into the supply chain.

“We are confident that we are now getting the full backstory for gems we purchase,” said Harrison. “We know who mined it, how it was cut and what the profits are supporting. That means we can assure our customers that they can wear their jewelry with joy and pride.”

LeRoy Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business in downtown Tacoma. For more than 75 years, it has been helping customers convey their personal stories through beautifully crafted and unique jewelry.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information:
LeRoy Jewelers
940 Broadway, Tacoma
253.272.3377
ljewelers.com

Trend Report: Fall 2018

The trends emerging for fall 2018 can be summed up in one word: comfort. If you love classic pieces and steer clear of the eccentric, then you are in luck. Much of what is trending this season is comfortable and demonstrates a slightly new take on our favorite wardrobe staples.

Puffy coats + capes
The puffy coat is easily the go-to outerwear piece for just about everyone living in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of black, brighten your fall look by opting for a coat in red or pink. The cape is also making a comeback. While not as popular in recent years as the puffy coat, it is an item worth adding to your outerwear lineup. It is comfortable and perfect for day and night, giving you a pulled-together, polished look.

Prints!
Plaids and animal prints definitely have their place among fall trends from head to toe. The trick with wearing either is not to overdo it. Try pairing a plaid jacket with solid-color trousers or animal print heels with ankle jeans.

Lady in red or pink—or both!
Bright red and pink are going to make a statement this fall, infusing much-needed vibrancy into what can sometimes become a monotonous palette of grays and blacks. Try different hues like fuchsia and millennial pink.

Footwear: Bootie obsession + slingbacks
The ankle bootie has been having a moment for the past few seasons. This fall, designers are showing white booties. This is an unexpected and surprising twist on a favorite. While gorgeous, a white bootie might prove to be a bit of a hassle—be sure to choose a fabric that is easy to clean! Slingbacks and kitten heels are having a revival. Both looks are professional and make for an easy day-to-evening transition.

ANDREA LERUM