5726 Falls Road, Mount Washington
Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through March 3; noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday starting March 4.
410-303-1703 or alexandrawebbjewelry.com
Alexa Webb, 27, began making jewelry for friends and family while she was an undergraduate student. Because of the popularity of her creations, she eventually turned her hobby into a side business, running a successful online jewelry store and selling her goods at local events.
As a graduate student at the School of Education at the Johns Hopkins University, Webb experienced a serious health scare, which persuaded her to leave her studies behind and pursue her jewelry business full-time.
"I realized that life is too short not to pursue what you're really passionate about," she said.
Last summer, Webb opened her own store, Alexandra Webb (Alexa's full name is Lindsey Alexandra Webb), which sells handmade jewelry, accessories, furniture, candles, and decorative items. She crafts all of the jewelry in a small studio on the premises.
Webb uses regular and colored freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious gemstones and silver to make her jewelry. She also sells fair-trade handbags and makeup pouches from Cambodia, candles with art imprinted into their glass holders, antique and replicated antique furniture, and glass trays with colorful, translucent designs. Fifty percent of her jewelry is one of a kind.
"It kind of makes you feel special, because you have something that's uniquely yours," said Webb.
Earrings cost $16 to $35, and necklaces run about $25 to $265.