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Meet Nancy McTague-Stock, MFA, owner of StudioMinerale.
Why did you start your business?
I began my business over the years, as friends and colleagues would ask me who made a necklace or earrings that I happened to be wearing...when I said, ‘I did’, I was often commissioned to make something for them. I make it easy for my busy clients - they can email me a budget, color preferences and item they are looking for. Then, I sketch or make a mock-up and once they approve it, I can usually have it to them within one to two weeks. I have great clients, whose personal referrals I highly value. Soon it became evident I should consider making this a real business!
Do you use any local businesses to support your business?
I work with a number of Norwalk businesses, some larger than others. Here are two of them:
Jerry’s Art Supply has been a mainstay for me over the years for handmade papers, drawing, painting and design materials and Joanne and her staff are always ready to assist.
The smallest Norwalk business owner I rely on is Abigail Wall and her fine staff from Beadworks in South Norwalk. I rely on her for jewelry making tools and products, and they are conveniently located for me. She is a fabulous ‘small business’ woman, and I have worked with her for many years.
StudioMinerale nominates Abigail Wall and Beadworks!