BY ALISA STAR
Texas Artisan in League City’s South Shore Harbour is truly your one stop and shop destination. There is no reason to look any further for what you need.
This eclectic little shop at 2800 Marina Bay Drive E-1 is sure to have what you’re looking for and more. It’s the mecca of fine jewelry, pearls and diamonds, as well as practical indulgent offerings that are perfect for the discriminating shopper.
They offer a plethora of quality products. Among the more admired items in the store are Malicious Women candles along with lovely, food safe artisan bowls. They also carry Frey laundry soap, and Myra bags — a cowhide, leather and canvas collection that ranges in size from small messenger to large duffle. Texas Artisan is truly a shopper’s paradise.
Terrie Ward and Wendy Collard are the creators of this gem of a shop. Wendy is a licensed Realtor, Appraiser, Gemologist and Jeweler of 38 years. She has been married for 22 years to Anthony Collard. Wendy was an owner operator of two high end jewelry stores and co-owner of a busy OB-GYN medical practice. Being responsible for all aspects of a small business, taking care of patients and clients with jewelry of importance and precious heirlooms has set a solid foundation for real estate. She is trustworthy, honest and always puts the clients first and foremost.
Some of Ms. Collard’s distinctions and prestigious awards include being honored by the St. George, Utah Chamber of Commerce as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and later with its “Milestone Award.” The American Cancer Society honored her in its Recognition for Donations, and Red Rocky Rotary in St. George presented her with Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and made her a “Paul Harris Fellow.” She is also the author of “Missing OB-GYN.”
Collard has over 38 years of experience in the jewelry and gem industry and does custom creations and designs individual pieces specifically for her clients. Her experience and education make her the top person for your jewelry appraisals and certified jewelry repair.
Terrie Ward, co-owner of Texas Artisan, is married to Kelly Ward and lives in the South Shore Harbour area. This isn’t Terrie’s first rodeo in retail. She has had four successful retail stores in the area, and she also has a successful booth in Canton, Texas at the famous First Monday Trade Days for 23 years.
Terrie has a serious knack for accessorizing, interior decorating, cooking and gardening. Her love for art, color, texture and beautiful things is on full display every day at Texas Artisan. She is a multifaceted creative source and has, with the help of her business partner, Wendy, put together a unique and must-see shopping destination.
The Texas Artisan owners purchase all of the high quality diamonds for their designs and one-of-a-kind pieces from Antwerp, Belgium. You will be amazed by the quality and bright luster of these stones. Almost all of their pieces are made in America and Spain, including right here in League City.
“Our focus is custom pieces, not promotional quality from China,” Wendy said. “You will be amazed by the beauty and luster that these bright clear stones have. Why should people buy from us? Our sales are based on integrity and trust. My clients have been trusting me with their treasures for over 38 years,” she added as they both nodded in agreement.
Some exciting events to come this month at Texas Artisan are the Dian Malouf Trunk Show on Feb. 11 – 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping. Dian Malouf is a very popular brand, and she carries great statement pieces, they explained. They also will be holding the “The Salvage Show” with Mel King on April 16 -18. Mel King is a historian, numismatist specializing in the Spanish Colonial era and a maritime artifact expert. He is the owner of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, plus he is a diver. He has been involved in commercial shipwreck salvage operations in Florida, Caribbean, and South America. Recent endeavors include management and recovery efforts of the Spanish 1715 Fleet project off the east coast of Florida. Mel will be bringing a rare find of Atocha coins from the shipwreck, and many more exciting finds. On April 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mel will be explaining how to find sunken treasures. “Be sure to come in for a visit and see what treasures are awaiting you,” Terrie says.
Texas Artisan carries one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. I was in awe as I walked through the shop; every corner had something pleasing to the eye. And ladies, it’s almost rodeo time, so be sure to come in and look for those big chunky silver and turquoise pieces to wear. This shop has an abundance of choices. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You will look like a million bucks for under a hundred.
Together this creative dynamic duo has made shopping a fun and exciting experience. So begin your shopping extravaganza at this unique one stop boutique, Texas Artisan, and tell them we sent you. For information, call them at 832-385-6246 or visit their website, www.Texas-artisan.com. Or stop by the shop in League City at 2800 Marina Bay Drive.