What's in Store: Jewelry studio offers unique pieces from local artists

Think out of the box with jewelry from BNOX Jewelry Studio , 404 First St., Pepin, Wis.

The focus of the store is exceptional, interesting, artistic, durable jewelry handmade by artists from this region, said owner Rebecca Paquette.

Among the most fanciful, artful and sculptural jewelry are the porcelain pin pendants featuring woodland goddesses by Laura Stamper. A longtime favorite are the painterly stones set in interestingly textured pendants by Lori Braun.

The signature work of Monica Hansmeyer, of northern Minnesota, has embossed elements and a vintage feel with a contemporary design, Paquette said, adding that Hansmeyer uses delicious stones on just about every piece, so it's bright and sparkly.

Also represented at the shop are a few select visual artists and weaver Beth Tabor, who raises cashgora goats, shears them, spins and dyes the wool and makes these amazing scarves, Paquette said.


"A scarf by Beth Tabor wrapped around your neck would certainly be a statement piece," she said.

Paquette started the shop 20 years ago based on her own love of creating jewelry. Her pieces incorporate fall pods and springtime tree spouts, which she collects and casts in silver or gold.

The shop is one hour from Rochester, on the edge of Lake Pepin. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. To shop by appointment, call 715-442-2201.

Mane event

Turn up the volume on your hair this holiday season with the Balmain Hair System hair extensions.

Rocco Altobelli Salon , 123 16th Ave. S.W., Rochester, is offering 25 percent off any Balmain volumizing, lengthening or risk-free color hair extensions through Dec. 31. Call 507-288-8582 to schedule an appointment with a Balmain specialist.

And have fun with your little black dress and big hair this New Years Eve .

All wrapped up


Tie up your holiday shopping with a bow that will benefit local families in need. The Gift Wrap for Habitat, gift-wrapping station near Macy's in Apache Mall, Rochester, is open today until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Christmas Eve, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have your gifts wrapped for you and give a donation in support the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity.

There's also still time to place a gift under the Sharing Tree in the JCPenney Court at Apache Mall. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off through Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army then distributes the toys to children in need.

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