We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Jernigan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In between working several odd jobs and trying to figure out what I wanted to do for a living, I knew I wouldn’t be happy working a regular 9-5. I was enjoying making jewelry as a hobby and a girlfriend of mine in Austin made jewelry and up-cycled clothing while she toured with her band. She came across a small, store front for rent that was tucked away in an art village and was too affordable to pass up so we just went for it together! My dad passed away soon after and there wasn’t much foot traffic anyway so I moved back home to New Braunfels to be closer to my mom and took a break to refocus. I had sold enough those first few months, though, that I had a little bit of confidence that I could continue to make it work. I was determined to not go back to another dead end job, figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life, and enjoy it! Plus making all your own rules is great and as an introvert with anxiety, I like working by myself in my own space.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I take inspiration from nature. I started working with crystals and stones more after my dad passed as a way to feel closer to him. He had an ever growing collection over the years. I taught myself everything I know about jewelry making. It’s been challenging at times but I’ve enjoyed learning more about something I’m passionate about. Every year my work is evolving and even my business skills get better over time. Practice, research, getting up everyday and just doing it. I also have a love of vintage and one of the stores I sell in happens to be a vintage store so I get to do some picking too! We specialize in 60’s and 70’s home decor and clothing but I love finding vintage components and adding them into my jewelry for some one of a kind pieces!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sorry, I don’t know of any Houston places. 🙁 In New Braunfels, you can’t beat some coffee and treats from 2-Tarts Bakery, Lunch at the delicious Cravings restaurant, and dinner at one of several local faves, Faust Hotel and Brewpub, Tin Top Burgers, or Downtown Social. As far as shopping, obviously Lot 59 for jewelry and vintage, The Local for more jewelry and plants, and For Goodness Sake for jewelry again and all the best organic products! We have an awesome Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. You can’t come to NB without some river action either, my personal favorite is River Road!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give thanks to Kat Balmos and her team for giving me a platform at Lot 59 and The Local to sell my creations and vintage picks! She represents over 20 artists and vendors in New Braunfels which is like a built-in artist/entrepreneur support group. I’d also like to give a shoutout to Shannon Hanz and Lauren Krock, owners of For Goodness Sake Natural Food Store, for giving me another platform in town. All three stores are ones I am extremely proud to represent!
Rachel Boone- Brite Lite Photo for photo of me in fur vest with coffee cup.