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Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Muriel Badinelli Designs

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You're IT Muriel Badinelli Designs!

Four questions with Muriel Badinelli.

Why did you start your business?

I've been an artist and designer all my life - with careers first in graphic design and then in interior design. Every trip to the craft store had me intrigued as I passed the bead aisle!

I started making some jewelry for myself and then was asked by friends and colleagues to create pieces for them as well. That was the start. I love creating custom jewelry for others and my pieces evolved from simple stringing to bead weaving and bead embroidery.

What is your best-selling product/service?

I specialize in custom pieces. Recently, I had the opportunity to design a bridal tiara that incorporated sterling silver, diamonds, and pearls. The bride and her mom were thrilled with the final product! Bestsellers are bracelets.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Zoe & Co Sugarbeads in Ridgefield and I work together - I purchase materials from there and they sell my finished pieces. We have a great working relationship and it's a perfect local place to view my jewelry.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Yes, in just the last few weeks I had a need to create an Apple Watch band using some of my bracelet techniques. With just one Facebook post, I already have four orders! I like to pay close attention to fashion trends and colors to create updated jewelry options.

Muriel would like to nominate Zoe & Co Sugarbeads in Ridgefield to be featured next!

Visit Muriel Badinelli Designs online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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