What started as a high school hobby for a Somerset Township native has evolved into a handmade online jewelry store.
Shaye Beeman sells her jewelry and other household items through her website, www.toushayes.com, which is expected to go live today.
Beeman started his business. Chez Tou Shaye, in 2018.
âBasically this is something I started for fun when I was in high school. Then I went to college and had to decide what was going to be my outlet,â Beeman said. . “So I decided to do an online store.”
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Beeman sells handmade clay earrings and Swarovski – or gemstone-like jewelry. It also offers a variety of other household items.
âI paint, I draw, I am about nine meters,â she said. âIt is essentially a craft business.
Beeman graduated from Somerset Area High School in 2018 as a valedictorian. She recently graduated from Saint Vincent College and is currently working on two Masters at Liberty University.
She said she tries to keep her jewelry affordable, with some earrings costing $ 10- $ 35.
âI know a lot of people, when they make things like this, are trying to make a profit rather than making it affordable for people,â she said. “That being said, I always look for quality parts.”
Looking to the future, Beeman said she hopes to become a design professor at the university, while continuing to run her jewelry business in parallel.
She said she hopes to expand the reach of the website.
“Now I am hoping this website can reach people outside of Somerset County,” she said.
She said she is open to custom designs and suggestions. She said her favorite aspect of her business was her customers.
âHonestly, it’s the people,â she said when asked about her favorite aspect of the business. “It’s really nice to meet new people and share the expression on their faces when I create something they wanted.”
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