Many Thanks to the Town of Belvidere

My first week in Belvidere has been nicer than I could ever have expected.  I wanted to take a moment to thank the people of Belvidere for their warm welcome.  Everyone who has come into my shop this week has been so friendly, warm, and welcoming.  I have met so many great people already and I am happy to know each and every one of them.

I believe very strongly in small town business and always have.  I grew up in Metuchen, NJ which, although large in comparison to some of the towns here in Warren County, is a classic American small town.  What Metuchen offered to its residents was a strong sense of community and a desire to give back to the town.  I grew up running to Main St when I needed supplies for a school project, a frozen yogurt, slice of pizza or greeting card.  Walking home from school was always an adventure as we stopped at the local novelty store, Variety Village, to explore the fun things that stocked the shelves or the local Krauzers for a soda.  My first job was at a party supply store in town and then many of my subsequent high school jobs were also along that same street.  Now, 14 years later, I am proud to be a part of another small town and to help provide some of the joy that I knew living in my own hometown.

So many people are concerned with the economic status of the country and their own wallets that they no longer are willing to drive 40 minutes to a department store or mall when they are in need of some shopping.  For so long, small towns were put out of business by larger cities and shopping areas.  I remember listening to all the talk when Lowe’s and Home Depot moved into our area and the small hardware store suffered a loss in customers.  Now it seems those super stores are everywhere, but people still need to get to them and today’s economy causes people to pick and choose between going and staying home even if they are in need.  I believe that with the economy the way it is, people will start looking to their small towns again to provide them with the services that were once common place.

It is on that note that I chose to move into Belvidere to set up my business.  Not only is it convenient for me, it is also the something that the people need.  With more shops in town comes more pride in the town and more draw to the town.

So I thank the people of Belvidere who have taken the time to come see me and who have helped me become a part of this wonderful community.  I look forward to being here and getting to know more of my “neighbors”.

Please, feel free to stop by and say hello.

Nanuk's Igloo is Now Open in Belvidere, New Jersey!

Nanuk's Igloo is Now Open in Belvidere, New Jersey!

Win a $25 Gift Certificate from Nanuk’s Igloo Custom Jewelry!

The new Nanuk’s Igloo shop will be opening its doors within the next couple of weeks. In honor of this amazing event, I am holding a referral contest.

This contest offers 2 prizes.
The first prize is a $25 gift certificate.
The second prize is a $10 gift certificate.

To win the $25 certificate, refer friends to the website and have them purchase an item. The person who gets the most website referrals, will be awarded with a $25 gift certificate which can be redeemed for any purchase on the site (except custom orders). Make sure that your referrals include your complete name in the additional information box at checkout so that you receive credit for their purchase.

To win the $10 certificate, refer new fans to the Nanuk’s Igloo Custom Jewelry Page. The person who refers the most new fans will receive a $10 gift certificate which can be redeemed for any purchase on the site (except custom orders). Make sure that your referrals either write on The Wall and include your name or send me a message when they sign up. This is the only way I will be able to track your referrals.

If you are not already a fan of Nanuk’s Igloo, please go ahead and visit our page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belvidere-NJ/Nanuks-Igloo-Custom-Jewelry/7462241057?ref=ts

Contest ends on August 1, 2008.

Thank you all for your continued support.
Becki

It’s Official!

The lease is signed!

Nanuk’s Igloo Custom Jewelry will no longer just be online.  There is now a physical location for everyone to visit.

In July, Nanuk’s Igloo will be opening at 321 Mill St, Belvidere, NJ 07823.

Every item you see on the website will now be available for sale in the store.  Shop in person, shop online – your choice!

OurWeddingDay.com

This is just a quick note to mention Nanuk’s Igloo Custom Jewelry’s latest affiliation with OurWeddingDay.com.  Nanuk’s Igloo is proud to be a part of this wedding planning mega database.  When I was planning my own wedding, I happily relied on many websites like this one, but I haven’t seen one that pulled everything together as well as OurWeddingDay.com manages to.  If you have a moment, and are possibly planning a wedding, drop by their site.  Click here for Nanuk’s Igloo’s advertisement on the site.

Also, if you are a wedding vendor, you can receive 50% off a subscription to OurWeddingDay.com just by including Nanuk’s Igloo Custom Jewelry as your referrer when you sign up.  Take advantage of this offer and become a part of the fastest growing wedding planning site.

I have also increased the Bridal Jewelry section of Nanuk’s Igloo and plan to add more in the near future.  Please take a minute to check it out.  If you decide to buy anything, use this special coupon to receive a discount at checkout.  Coupon Code:  Wedding.

Reminder for Upcoming Event

The other day I received a letter from Mona at the Cambrian Heritage Society in Madison, WI.  She received the necklace set that I donated to the upcoming MadCeltFest on June 21.  I just wanted to post a quick reminder to everyone about this important event.

\"Welsh Dragon Necklace\"

This is the necklace that will be auctioned at the upcoming event.  It is made of Swarovski Pearls in two shades of silver and Cubic Zirconia beads in Jet.  The center pendant is a large Welsh Dragon pewter pendant.  The necklace has an adjustable length and measures 18″ at it’s longest.  Retail value for this set (earrings not shown) is approximately $65.

\"Letter from the Cambrian Heritage Society\"

Please take a moment to stop by the Cambrian Heritage Society Sponsor Website.

Just A Quick Note

I haven’t had much to say these days as my non-jewelry life has taken center stage for a while.

I wanted to pop in though and let everyone know what I’ve been up to.

Although I have been creating jewelry for nearly seventeen years, I decided recently to pursue a certificate in Jewelry Design just to solidify my skills and ideas.  It’s a lot of fun, but is sometimes hard work learning the aspects that I’ve never thought of before.  By the time I’m done, though, I will (supposedly, ha!) have the ability to work fine jewelry.  My heart will forever be in my handworked, beaded creations, but I am hoping to branch out to creating my own silver beads and focals for my jewelry, so maybe one day there will not only be the Nanuk’s Igloo collection of pre-made jewelry, but also the silver bead collection.

I learned a long time ago that although it is important to always follow your heart, that it is also important to know when that heart’s desire is evolving to the next step.  This new path is part of that next step.

Now, for the April coupon offer!

CELEBRATE TAX MONTH (yes, I know that’s a contradiction, ha!).

Take 15% off your entire order with coupon code “TaxDay” until April 16.

Love is in the air.

As we get closer to February, the hearts and cupids seem to multiply daily.

To help spread the love, Nanuk’s Igloo is offering some new Valentine’s jewelry that will be beautiful long after the heart decorations are replaced with Easter Bunnies.

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Red Glass Bead Earrings with Celtic Accents. Measure 2″. Matching Bracelet Available.
$10.99

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Red Glass Bead Celtic Bracelet with Heart Toggle Clasp. Measures 7 1/4″ Matching Earrings Available.
$19.99
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Pink Opal and Rose Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet with Hearts and a “Love Much/Laugh Often” Message Charm. Heart Clasp. Measures 7 1/2″
$27.99
In addition to the items shown here there are many other items perfect for your Valentine (even if that Valentine is you 😉 )
Also, take advantage of the latest offer from Nanuk’s Igloo in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Use coupon code “Valentine” and receive 10% off your purchase from our website.