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Small Business Spotlight: Got Sparkles

Who: Kristi Taylor, founder, @GotSparkles2006

What: Handmade jewelry

Where: Carmichael, Calif.

When: 2006

How: Taylor began making jewelry as a hobby while working in the insurance management industry, where she had more than 20-years experience.

“My husband said, ‘Not that it’s a problem, but have you seen your credit card bill? You should make this a full-time job,’” Taylor said.

And so she did. One year later she opened up a brick-and-mortar store, Taylor’s Art and Soul, where she sells other artist’s work alongside her pieces, which she said accounts for about 50% of the store’s sales.

Quote from the owner: “There’s been highs and lows, and in this economy it’s a real challenge,” she said. “But I make all of the jewelry myself, and create jewelry that women want to wear.”

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