What started as a way to make money on the side is now becoming a full-time career for Leslie Grant and Marla Sexson.
The two were working at a school together when they started making and selling snap jewelry. That’s hand-crafted jewelry that has a snap base on each piece that can hold interchangeable designs.
They went by the name Snappy Chicks Snaps and gradually started selling in shows and at boutiques nationally. They’re now in 32 stores but decided to have one of their own as well.
“We did not want to go work for ‘the man’ anymore,” Grant says.
Their new Derby store, Snappy Chicks Boutique, will open in early June in 1,430 square feet at 1904 Johnson Drive in a center between Wal-Mart and Atwoods.
The store will sell a lot more than snap jewelry “in case the snap frenzy dies down,” Grant says.
“We are putting in every single thing that we love,” she says. “We are big into clothes and to beauty and to candles.”
Shoes will be big, too, Sexson says, and there will be lip gloss, chalk paint, custom T-shirts and some painted furniture.
“We wanted to have a store that just had all the things you love,” Grant says.
Snap jewelry will be part of the business, too.
“We’re going to have the mother of all snap jewelry displays,” Grant says.
It’ll be only about an eighth of the store “just because there’s so many things that we love,” Sexson says.
The two will have their own labels on food and drinks as well, including apple cider, bloody Mary mixes and jellies.
“We’re just so giddy about it,” Sexson says of the entire store.
“It’s really a full line of awesomeness.”