Total loan: $3,000


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Whitewater, WI, United States / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase the necessary equipment needed for efficiency in streamlining the jewelry-making process and overall product consistency.

Karen's story

Originally from Milwaukee, I grew up as the only girl in a working-class family of 5. My childhood was spent immersed in the arts; I attended as many theatre productions as I could afford, and then became a performer myself. I loved playing the piano and working with my hands, always finding the creative process immensely rewarding. After receiving my B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, I started a small theatre company with my husband. We specialized in original audience-participation murder mystery productions. We wrote our scripts, cast, directed and performed in many venues throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, but found a semi-permanent "home base" at the Latimer House in Delavan, WI. When the time came for the owners of the Latimer House to retire, the ecomony tanked and the restaurant closed. We were forced to change directions. I began making jewelry to fill the incredible creative void that affected me in ways I never imagined! My friends and family loved what was spilling out of my home studio, and I knew I had to make it my business. Though my business has grown in myriad ways, I feel strongly about the potential opportunity for growth, from employment opportunities, to a brick-and-mortar store, to further supporting my family and enhancing my community.