More than 500 jewelry pieces are on display for customers who walk into Nikko Blu Gallery and Boutique.
Over 80% of those pieces are made by shop owner Kimberly Waczak and her staff of three designers. They spend their days creating necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry in a studio connected to the boutique’s showroom. Only a few pieces, such as earrings and rings, are made outside the shop in Old Town Keller.
“I love to come up with stuff and then be out somewhere and see someone wearing it,” Waczak said. “I know I made that, and it’s making somebody happy.”
Waczak started her jewelry-making business with a website in 2014. At the time, she was creating pieces out of her house. But as her designs caught the eyes of jewelry wholesalers and demand for her products grew, she needed more space.
“As the business kept growing, we had taken over every amount of space there was in my upstairs, my game room, my guest room, my movie room,” Waczak said. “Everything was covered in beads.”
In 2017, she opened Nikko Blu on Main Street in Keller. The shop sells clothing, shoes, beauty products and accessories, but jewelry remains its No. 1 seller, she said.
Waczak’s pieces are also sold online and in about 120 boutiques nationwide. She sells to wholesalers, too.
The materials for Waczak’s jewelry come from across the world, including India, Brazil, China, South Korea, Turkey and Tibet. She collaborates with some vendors to buy beads, stones and chains in specific colors and styles to create trendy and unique designs.
“We’re always working on new stuff,” Waczak said. “We’ll find something new that we’d like to put into a piece of jewelry, and we have a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces.”