The following is an interview with Shea Mavros, owner of Jambu Jewelry, 38 Atlantic Ave., conducted by Discover Marblehead. To learn more about the Marblehead business, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 781-639-9600 or visit https://jambujewelry.com/.
Tell us about Jambu Jewelry: Since 1996, Jambu Jewelry has offered an eclectic and curated collection of handcrafted designer jewelry on Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead. We have a wide variety of pieces to suit every style and personality, and they’re all hand-selected to reflect the classic qualities of elegance, simplicity, and whimsy. Over the years, we’ve built wonderful partnerships with amazing artists from far and wide, including local designers from right in our own backyard. We love getting to know our beloved Marblehead community and working closely with each customer to find the perfect item, whether it’s a simple necklace you can wear to the beach, a show-stopping pair of earrings for a formal event, or the perfect anniversary gift. There’s really something for everyone! On a personal note, I truly enjoy helping Marbleheaders and visitors discover interesting and distinctive items made by talented artisans. So did my mother, Elaine, the previous owner of the store, who passed away last year. She taught me to appreciate every piece of jewelry for its design and artistry but also for the heart that went into making it. Most of all, she and I have always wanted our customers — who, over the years, have become our friends — to feel welcome and valued … and enjoy themselves every time they walk in the door!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Life is a series of adjustments.” Nothing in life is permanent, and we need to be flexible and open to the changes that come. Jumping into running the shop during the pandemic was a true test for me, and I’m happy with how the business adapted and grew during a very challenging time.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Too many to choose! Fort Sewall, Crocker Park, Gas House Beach, Goldthwait Reservation, the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, our incredible islands… there’s so much to do, so much history, and such a friendly small-town feel. Sitting outside to enjoy a glass of wine and some fried oysters with friends or family at the Barnacle while the sun sets — there’s nothing like it!
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m a classically trained opera singer and have performed nationally and internationally. Before owning Jambu, I was the Director of Education and Community Engagement at From the Top, an NPR radio show and nonprofit organization focused on sharing the stories and talents of young classically trained musicians. Prior to that, I was the Director of Learning for Silkroad, an international music ensemble and nonprofit started by Yo-Yo Ma. Now I use my creative energy to search for exciting new pieces of wearable art and share them with my community.
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