Q: Why did you decide to open a gallery? How long have you been open?
A: It was somewhat accidental – I liked downtown Greenville. I’ve been open since Oct. 1989.
Q: What is your price range of the products you sell?
A: from $20.00 to $50,000.00; Best selling price range would be $250.00 to $600.00
A: I have one large annual event a year and First Fridays (in the gallery) ; and I participate in other exhibitions (with my own work)
Q: Do you offer special services to your customers?
A: Yes! We offer wedding/baby/gift registries, shipping, gift wrapping, etc.
Q: Do you sell online?
A: no direct sales online, but yes; customers can contact us through the website and inquire about pricing if interested
Q: Who is your customer base?
A: locals, repeat customers, business travelers, getting more tourists all the time now too!
Q: How do you promote your artists / store?
A: print ads in the Journal (local newspaper), TV, direct mail, website
Q: Where do you find your artists/product?
A: trade shows such as Rosen, ACE, and Global Design; magazines
Q: What is your favorite/least favorite part of your business?
A: my least is managing employees. my favorite is designing jewelry and developing a rapport with customers
llyn strong not only owns her own gallery, she is also an award winning designer who has been creating jewelry for 30 years. She has recently won First Place in the Miscellaneous Jewelry category of the 2008 Jewelry Arts Awards and First Place in Ladies Jewelry of the 2008 Bench Jewelers Passion Award Design Competition. llyn has been carrying my work since 2001....and I am deeply honored to be amonst so many amazing designers in her store.