As I enter Muse, I am greeted by soft lighting and inviting music that lulls my all-too-frazzled mind into relaxation. The airy decor is accented with natural wood toned tables and shelves that invite exploration, and I happily oblige. Elizabeth, owner and proprietor of Muse, began her business over seven years ago with a simple goal in mind. “I knew I wanted to carry handmade items by American artists,” she beams as we scan her handsome jewelry displays, “they stand behind their items and are happy to have product sent back to them to be repaired, free of charge.”
Elizabeth arranged for local artist, LeeAnn Herreid of Individual Icons, to unveil her “Gemstone Cocktail” necklace last month. Although Muse has carried LeeAnn’s handmade jewelry since its infancy, Elizabeth is truly excited about the customization aspect of these glass functional necklaces: “The necklace unlocks at the top with the use of a small mechanism, and then we invite customers to choose different colored gemstones to make it personal.”
The personable aspect to the treasures at Muse are not just limited to bling either: the owner proudly sells heirloom-quality baby goods, customizable wedding bands and affordable art and photography. It’s the kind of holiday shopping you can really feel good about.