Meet Your Merchant: Nature-inspired jewelry made in Carbondale
Meet Your Merchant
Name of Business: Colby June
Description: Colby June is a nature-inspired jewelry designer who makes handcrafted silver, gold and bronze jewelry at her studio in Carbondale.
Owners: Colby June Fulton and Amanda Redmond
Address 1: 1136 Colorado Ave., Carbondale
Phone Number: (970) 510-5532
Date business opened: November 2007
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How did your business start?
Colby took her first jewelry class in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, between high school and college. After many years and careers, she started her jewelry business in 2007 out of Denver. In 2008, she moved, with her husband, back to the Roaring Fork Valley, the root of her inspiration. Amanda Redmond moved to the valley in 2013 and began working at Colby June. She is now a partner in the business.
What do you sell?
Colby June is nature-inspired jewelry with a focus on simple forms and complex textures. We sell our handcrafted pieces from current and past collections at our studio in Carbondale, on our website and on Etsy.
Why do you like what you do?
I cannot imagine doing anything else. I love the creative process of producing a new collection from the initial idea, to a physical product, to the story and representation of an entire collection.
What strategy do you use to hire good people?
We find people who have a connection to the jewelry and love the work we create. We look for people with a strong work ethic and positive demeanor that will contribute to the positive energy at the studio.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
We will continue to focus on unique and inspirational designs crafted in our studio. Building and voicing our story through our blog, social media and other bloggers is a constant process. In addition, we have recently updated our website so customers can purchase directly from our site. We will also be improving our wholesale presentation and building relationships with our retail stores.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
Carbondale is an amazing town to be a creative entrepreneur. There is so much appreciation and support for artists. There is a lot of opportunity to learn and be inspired by other creatives. Also, the view of Mt. Sopris every day is a constant reminder of how lucky we are to live here.
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