MIAMI – The perfect little shop for jewelry lovers, Angel Wings Jewelry, is nestled in front of the Coleman Theatre in downtown Miami.
Owner C. Ann Fitzgibbon opened the quaint shop at 103 North Main Street in November.
Display cases and tables are filled with necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches, keychains, charms to choose from and shop for all tastes of accessories.
“I'd been doing festivals and craft shows and it got a little bit much,” Fitzgibbon said. "I just decided I'd like to stay in one location and sell things out of a store.”
Fitzgibbon is originally from Quapaw, lived in Miami until 1995, moved to Tulsa and then returned to Miami just last year.
Fitzgibbon puts together most of the pieces in her shop and also sells other pieces by local jewelry makers. She doesn't charge anything extra to put the pieces together or change out anything for her customers.
“I'm more of an assembler,” she said. “My cousin has an eBay store and I was looking for a job and she said, 'I'll do the eBay store and you do shows,' and so, that's how it started. I started out in all religious items and then went over into just a little bit of everything, charms basically. I have lots of charms we do lots of theme charms, like initials, and birthdates and hobbies. People can pick put pieces and create their own one of a kind piece of jewelry.”
With charms bracelets and necklaces a hot accessory and perfect gift item, Angel Wings Jewelry can custom design special pieces, or customers can choose their own charms for Fitzgibbon to put together.
“Anything you see can be changed out. People come in and they may like a necklace but want a different pendant or certain charms. We can customize it to suit them,” she said. “It can all be changed. They may want a different chain or chord or to add a charm or add something special.”
Fitzgibbon's custom pieces are ideal for gifts, bridal parties or special occasions to match any dress or outfit. Most pieces can be put together right away or within the same day.
The shop offers beadwork pieces by jewelry maker Hurla Loftand of Miami, and Native American pieces by JoClee Bush of Quapaw. Vintage look signs are also offered in the shop made by her daughter-in-law Rachel Fitzgibbon of St.Louis.
Fitzgibbon is heading to market this week to bring back even more pieces to offer for sale in her shop. The shop will be closed this week Thursday until Saturday so she can buy more merchandise. She was busy working on making beaded stretchy bracelets this week which are big fad now.
“I will be open during Miami's Christmas Parade and Saturday night,” Fitzgibbon said.
Fitzgibbon says she can order specific pieces by request and also offers coupons for discounts.
A large selection of licensed college and local high school jewelry is available.
“We offer items for the area high schools including Picher,” she said. “Miami, Quapaw, Commerce, Bluejacket, Fairland, Wyandotte, Welch, Afton, and Picher. We have Route 66 jewelry and quite a few Oklahoma pieces. We just have a little bit of everything.”
A kid corner is now has items suitable for younger kids with bright and colorfully cute necklaces and bracelets. The charmed items which includes puppies and flowers are sure to be a hit with most kids.
With Christmas just days away Angel Wings Jewelry is a place to find gifts for almost anyone who wears jewelry. Some other gift items such as t-shirts and artwork are also offered for sale in the shop.
“We have a little bit of biker jewelry for the bikers who come through Route 66 and tour the Coleman and the Motorcycle Museum and lots of items tourists might like,” Fitzgibbon said.
Pieces in the shop are very affordable with something in every price range.
“I have charms that start out at $1 and my most expensive piece is a $40 bracelet,” she said.
Fitzgibbon can do minor repair work on some pieces also.
The shop has trays and trays of beads, charms, chains, pendants in different themes and shapes and types such as religious medals, police, firefighter, doctors, military branches, animals, sports and much, much more.
“I just try to keep it different. I make pieces to display to give ideas or examples and then they can take this necklace or any of them and create their own special pieces,” she said. “Some very special gifts can be made. Business is starting to pick up, most people walk in and go, 'I didn't know you were here.' I was really tense at first starting a business. It's been fun. I've enjoyed it.”
Fitzgibbon hopes her shop can be part of an effort toward bringing more business to Miami and help in creating an art district downtown.
Angel Wings Jewelry can be reached 918-277-4112. The shop is closed Sundays and Mondays and open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.