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Popular Edgewater Jewelry And Bead Store Finds New Home On Granville

AVP_Jewwlry-1AVP Jewelry and Beads in Edgewater has found its next real estate jewel — its own.

“Having experienced success in Edgewater at a sub-leased location, we are excited to open our own storefront,” said Ana Pizarro, vice president of AVP Jewelry and Beads. “With this new location, we hope to better serve the Edgewater community in an artistic way with the handmade jewelry everyone loves.”

The semi-precious bead and jewelry supply shop has been subleasing space from Blue Buddha Boutique, 1127 W. Granville Ave., since July 1, 2015. Both stores are connected but have their own doors facing Granville Avenue. Blue Buddha Boutique will be closing on Feb. 28, said Jennifer Hackman, economic development manager for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, AVP’s 1 p.m. grand opening and 2 p.m. ribbon cutting will take place at its new location just down the street: 1206 W. Granville Ave.

AVP (Artistic Variety Paradise) Jewelry and Beads offers jewelry making classes as well as expertise in a large variety of jewelry making techniques, from stringing, bead weaving, metal work, resin, crocheting and etching.

Those classes and the staff’s expertise will continue, this time in a larger space. Pizarro has been featured in “Bead and Button Magazine” as well as in the book “Creative Beading Vol. 8.”

In a 2015 post on the Edgeville Buzz website, the company said Pizarro and CEO Diana Ortega opened their first AVP Jewelry and Beads location at 3960 N. Elston Ave. in April 2014. They were both former employees of Caravan Bead of Chicago.

“Making jewelry has helped us as a way of relaxation and to clear our minds,” the EVB store post said. “We always feel accomplished when we finish a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings; therefore, we believe that our shop is an important place for children and adults of any ages.”

Ortega also has more than a decade of experience in jewelry making, according to the company’s website.

“Since opening in July of last year, AVP Jewelry has become a destination for, as well as a community of, people who appreciate or want to make artisan hand-crafted jewelry,” said Hackman.

“The store is a great asset to our neighborhood, so there were a few weeks of anxiety after we learned it might close. I searched to find a place where Ana could comfortably relocate (their) business, and walked (them) through aspects of the transition. We are really pleased AVP found a location that works. Bring on the jewelry!”

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