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Rising Stars: Meet Jamie Edwards

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Edwards. 

Hi Jamie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been an artist most of my life. With my first pair of safety scissors as a toddler, I began grooming my dog which led to a long career as a hairdresser. I opened my first business, a hair and tanning salon, at age 26. Throughout my life, my love for all things creative led me to pursue several advanced education certifications in all thing’s hair. I then enrolled in FIT where I studied jewelry design, which led to learning about the healing properties of crystals. After that, I took furniture refinishing classes, which led me to study woodworking. I absorb all things art-related from my extraordinarily talented family and friends. My current passion is working with crystals and creating healing gemstone bundles and painting furniture. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I opened Beach House 5317 in 2020 smack in the middle of a global pandemic. A lot of the creatives I knew were struggling to get their art out there with all of the local markets shut down. I gathered a few friends whose work I admired and said let’s create something magical and if we can survive through the pandemic, we will be set to shine on the other side of this. I believe that it’s never too late to set another goal or dream a new dream! I am, and always have been, a working artist (in one form or another) and I’m loving this new creative outlet! 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Throughout Beach House 5317 you will find my painted furniture, wood signs, artwork, jewelry, hand-selected crystals, handmade healing bundles, and whatever medium is currently holding my interest. I also curate some of the most unique and talented artists, crafters, and curators in the Tampa Bay area. We currently have 30 local creatives in the store. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: Beachhouse5317@gmail.com
  • Website: www.Beachhouse5317.com
  • Instagram: @Beachhouse5317
  • Facebook: Beach House 5317

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