In 2009, Sarah Kennedy moved her Cellar Workshop from downtown to Saugatuck.
The old spot — across from Christ & Holy Trinity Church — was easy to miss. Her new location — on Railroad Place, across from the train station — was warm and welcoming. It was the perfect location for the gem-maker to show off her unique, eclectic collection of rings, bracelets, pendants and pins.
It was a great move. She kept all her former customers, and added many more. They learned that Sarah is herself is a gem.
Now Sarah is moving again. This time, it’s a bit farther.
She’s been in business here for 44 years — and in Westport far longer. Sarah is a 1960 Staples grad. Her father was the longtime owner of Compo Acres Pharmacy.
She knows Tucson almost as well as she knows Westport. Every year she attends the Gem and Mineral Show there, and stays with friends. Recently, she bought a house in the arts-minded city. “I think I know what I’m getting into,” she said.
In 2009, “06880” visited Sarah. A customer raved that Sarah’s work was “exquisite, beautiful, a museum of fine jewels.”
The woman also described Sarah’s generosity — like polishing jewelry and rings without charging. As if on cue, in the middle of our conversation, the local FedEx guy walked in. His necklace had broken. Sarah said she’d solder it, while he made other deliveries.
Yesterday, the store was packed with Sarah’s fans. They too could not stop talking about her.
Steve Halstead said, “It’s such a pleasure to have a true professional and craftsman as part of this community, for so long.”
“I’m excited and sad” to be moving, Sarah said.
“We’re all sad,” Steve noted.
Sarah asked just one thing: That “06880” make sure readers know how much she’s loved being here.
“Please tell everyone thanks, and goodbye,” she said.
All good things must end. Fortunately, the lucky owners of Sarah’s creations will have them forever.
(Sarah Kennedy’s Cellar Workshop closes on January 14. Until then, everything is 50% off. The address is 44 Railroad Place.)