noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts prides itself in finding beautiful art in its own backyard, which includes the work of five Concord artists.
For summer, there's a rainbow of jewelry made from beach glass collected from around the world by Concord's Diane Grey Page. Unlike much of the beach glass available in the States, Page's jewelry includes pieces fashioned from pinks, oranges, even lime greens—colors that are rare in this part of the world.
For the teacher in everyone's life, noa features pins and pendants made from brightly colored pencils (that's right, pencils!) by Concord's Jen Maestre. After slicing the pencils and creating the pieces, she finishes them in a high-gloss lacquer.
Concord photographer Alice Wellington has a fascination with the baby lambs at local farms, and spends hours in the grass waiting for just the right shot. Her framed and matted photos, as well as photo cards, are a customer favorite. One of the store's finest jewelers, Martha Seely, makes her gemstone creations at her Concord studio. A costume designer and stylist in television and film, Seely has a flair for color and drama that's apparent in her work.
Concord's Deborah Richardson is one of the area's most well-known metalsmiths, creating elegant sterling silver wirework earrings, pendants, and necklaces that are sold at fine galleries across the country.
noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts features 200 local artists in its West Concord, Groton, and Fruitlands Museum locations. Its business model is to buy from local people and sell on Main Street, fueling the local economy, says co-owner Barbara Scofidio (who runs the stores with her husband, Ian).
"It's a multiplier effect. Not only are you keeping the money in the town by shopping locally, but you're buying from local people, who are then more likely to spend what they make right in town," she said.
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