Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebekah Brooks.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up with both parents as working artists so that was always my frame of reference. I loved making jewelry and working with my hands from a very early age. After graduating from college I moved to New York City & cut my teeth working for various artists & designers, helping to run other peoples businesses until setting out on my own in the late 90’s. I was lucky to have people who found my work early, really loved it & helped support me as things grew. I moved with my husband to Northampton, Mass in 2005 and after our daughter was born I really wanted to get out of doing trade shows and have more creative control over my work. In 2007 (right when the economy dipped) we decided to take a chance on brick & mortar and opened the first store exclusively selling my jewelry. I really haven’t looked back! Five years on we opened our second store in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Having the two stores proved the perfect opportunity to grow our company in a sustainable way, lots of our customers go back & forth between western Mass and Boston. Increasingly with our Cambridge store customers were coming from all over the city & suburbs to get to us so the timing was right for another location. We’ve always loved Beacon Hill (and Charles St. in particular) as it retains an old school retail mix of hardware stores, restaurants & boutiques. It was a neighborhood we were excited to be a part of so we opened our 3rd location there in the fall of 2016. Much like Bostonians, our jewelry is fashion forward yet classic so it’s a great fit.
Has it been a smooth road?
As an artist, designer & owner it’s been a gradual progression from doing everything myself to training other people to do the many things I have my hands in. As the business has grown the biggest challenge is always to maintain that balance between all the logistics that make things thrive and allowing time for unscripted inspiration & creativity.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Rebekah Brooks Jewelry – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We’re a local business through & through – not only are our three stores based in Massachusetts but so is our production studio where all of the jewelry is made by hand. We’re best known as the go-to spot for beautiful custom & antique wedding and engagement rings, as well our own diverse & distinctive line of affordable, handmade jewelry. We ethically source all of our materials, recycle all of our metals & reuse precious resources through our vintage jewelry. Our antique inventory is meticulously curated and our staff highly trained in restoration and repairs. We genuinely value keeping a hand crafted tradition alive in times that might have us do otherwise & feel fortunate to be able to provide jobs within our community. We love what we do & it’s that passion that keeps our customers coming back for the many milestones in their lives.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
My favorite thing about Boston is the village feel within an urban setting. The scale of the city has so many small streets with neighborhoods that kind of melt into each other. Both Harvard Square & Beacon Hill where our shops are so different and distinct yet both very much of the same place. Cons – as a self-professed coffee snob I wish Boston would catch up with New York & LA and up its espresso game!
- Address: Boston : 96 Charles Street 02114
Cambridge : 17 Brattle Street 02138
Northampton : 150 Main Street 01060
- Website: http://www.rebekahbrooks.com
- Phone: 617.864.1639
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebekahbrooksjewelry || follow @rebekahbrooksjewelry
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebekahBrooksJewelry/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/rebekah-brooks-cambridge
- Other: https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/rebekah-brooks-jewelry-cambridge/169cef2964ac9194.html