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Remembering Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy — the jewelry designer whose creations, discerning eye, store and helpful personality were beloved by Westporters — died peacefully on Monday in Lakeland, Florida, after a long illness. She was 75.

She was a graduate of Staples High School (Class of 1959), and of Rhode Island School of Design. Her jewelry career spanned over 50 years in Westport, where she owned and operated Cellar Workshop.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah was a creative and spirited artist who loved traveling, gardening and animals. Predeceased by husband Jack W. Kennedy, she is survived by her companion Mark Wilson; her brother Ian Goldy of Riverdale, New York; her  daughters Michele Mottola of Marblehead, Massachusetts and Sherry Schultz of Minneapolis, and 3 grandchildren.

No services are currently scheduled. Sarah will ultimately be laid to rest at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.

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In 2015 — as she was closing her Cellar Workshop — I posted this story on Sarah Kennedy:

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.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Now Sarah is moving again. This time, it’s a bit farther.

Tucson, Arizona.

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.

For 5 years, Sarah has enjoyed being on Railroad Place.

For 5 years, Sarah enjoyed being on Railroad Place.

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.”

Sarah Kennedy (2nd from left) with assistant Eduardo Ewerton and admiring customers Rosemary and Steve Halstead, and Jim Stoner.

Sarah Kennedy (2nd from left) with assistant Eduardo Ewerton and admiring customers Rosemary and Steve Halstead, and Jim Stoner.

“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.

Searching For Sarah Kennedy

For 4 decades — first at the Cellar Workshop on Main Street, then on Railroad Place by the train station — Sarah Kennedy designed and sold rings, bracelets, pendants, pins and more.

Four years ago, the 1960 Staples High School grad moved to Tucson. Her many customers and clients — really, they should be called friends — were sorry to see her go.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Among them was a Westport woman who — over a lifetime with her husband here — had collected numerous hand-crafted pieces.

Most were semi-precious stones, in hammered gold or silver settings. Sarah also designed, reset and repurposed stones from simpler pieces for the couple.

When Sarah announced her Arizona move, the woman — whose husband had died — had a final set of earrings and matching pendant made.

Nearly all of that jewelry was lost recently, in a burglary.

The woman wants to reach Sarah, to see if she has descriptive information that could aid in its recovery. She has tried to find contact information, but to no avail.

She’s not the only Westporter who hopes to find Sarah. Others have asked me too.

I don’t know where Sarah is now. But perhaps an alert “06880” reader does. If so, please click “Comments” below.

Saying Goodbye To A Westport Gem

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.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Now Sarah is moving again. This time, it’s a bit farther.

Tucson, Arizona.

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.

For 5 years, Sarah has enjoyed being on Railroad Place.

For 5 years, Sarah has enjoyed being on Railroad Place.

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.”

Sarah Kennedy (2nd from left) with assistant Eduardo Ewerton and admiring customers Rosemary and Steve Halstead, and Jim Stoner.

Sarah Kennedy (2nd from left) with assistant Eduardo Ewerton and admiring customers Rosemary and Steve Halstead, and Jim Stoner.

“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.)

Sarah Kennedy: A Westport Gem

Some Westport merchants sell gems.

Some Westport merchants are gems.

Sarah Kennedy is that rarity:  A gem-seller who also is one.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

Sarah Kennedy wears one of her own handblown pieces.

For 39 years she owned The Cellar Workshop.  Her hand-designed and self-manufactured jewelry drew a devoted clientele.

But, Sarah laments, “it was the best-kept secret in town.”

The location — on the corner of Church Lane and Myrtle Avenue, across from Christ & Holy Trinity Church — was less than ideal.  “People just whipped by,” Sarah says.  “If they stopped to look, there was an accident.”

A year ago, Sarah relocated to Saugatuck.  Her new spot on Railroad Place — directly across from the train station — is bright and welcoming.  It’s the perfect location to show off her unique, eclectic collection of rings, bracelets, pendants and pins.

“It’s terrific,” Sarah says.  “It’s wonderful.  I’ve kept all my old customers, and added so many more who never knew I existed.  It’s like a new business.”

Every night, restaurants like Mario’s and Tarantino draw window shoppers to her showcases.  Every morning, Sarah says, she wipes off the glass because people have pressed their noses against the pane.

I was one of the many Westporters who never knew about Sarah.  (I’m ashamed to admit it — after all, she’s a 1960 graduate of Staples; her father once owned Compo Acres Pharmacy, and her mother died a year ago at 98.)

The woman who told me about Sarah raved about her work — she called it “exquisite, beautiful, a museum of fine jewels.”

She also described Sarah’s generosity — how she polishes 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 offered to solder it while he made other deliveries.

“What’s the big deal?” she said as he left, smiling.  “It’s such a simple thing.  I can’t nickel-and-dime people.”

Of her 4 decades in Westport, Sarah says:  “I’ve been very fortunate.  My career has been a gift.  I’m very grateful to be able to do this.”

(Cellar Workshop is located at 44 Railroad Place, Westport.  Phone:  203-227-3329.)