A Schenectady native has opened her own jewelry shop in the heart of downtown’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Debbie White, a retired teacher in Scotia-Glenville elementary schools, gathered with city and county officials Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 36 N. Jay St. to celebrate the grand opening of KC Creations Jewelry.
The Chamber of Schenectady County hosted and Albany law firm McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams sponsored the event.
“What I am most proud of is that I handcraft all the pieces I sell at my shop,” White said in a chamber news release. “I set my bar very high. If I’m not happy with a piece, I take it apart and start again. I only sell pieces that I myself would want to wear — and many times I do. Because of this, my pieces are all unique.”
After retiring from teaching, White began making jewelry for her friends as a way to keep her creativity alive. She tried her hand at several local craft fairs before deciding she wanted something more permanent.
KC Creations is named after her children, Kate and Chris. The shop features necklaces, earrings and bracelets. In addition to regularly making new pieces, White will also do custom work for customers.
KC Creations is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.