Amelia's Receives Small Business Award
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
After graduating from Kansas State University in 1995 with a degree in graphic design and illustration, she began working as the head graphic artists for Fox 6 in Topeka. Once her son was born, she decided to stay home and began doing freelance graphics, as well as designing her own jewelry, which she then started selling through home parties and art fairs. Six years later she opened her own store, Amelia BEADelia’s on South Main Street in the Antique District where she sold her custom-made jewelry. Now in business for 22 years, she recently expanded her store and moved to the end of the block at 129 South Main. With her expansion, she changed the store name to Amelia’s and has added women’s clothing as well as many new trending items that will be evolving with the current fashion trends.
One thing that sets Amelia’s apart from other boutique clothing stores is not only can women shop for an outfit, but then they can have jewelry custom-made to go with it.
In addition, every piece of jewelry can be changed to fit the customer, so everything is one-of-a-kind custom-made and guaranteed.
Since her previous store was small, there was no need for additional employees so when she opened her new location on April 16th of this year, she was excited to bring on new staff, which already feel like family to her. Amy said customers come into her store to not only find the latest trends but to also feel good about themselves. At her store, Amy and her staff strive to provide their customers with an experience that makes them feel welcomed and leaving with a happy smile on their faces!
Amy also believes in giving back to the community that has supported her for many years. She is a member of the Hutchinson/Reno County and Nickerson Chamber of Commerce, served on the TECH Board of Directors for several years, and a member of Pi Beta Phi Reno County Alumni, who supports literacy projects in the community. She is also a member of several organizations that give scholarships to local youth including Chapter Q PEO and Do Art. She regularly donates to numerous local non-profits and when she started on her new location, she strived to do everything locally. This included hiring a local painter, having her sign made and hung by local companies, and even having her bags purchased and printed locally. Amy believes it is important to support those that support her!
Thank you, Amy, for all you do for our community.