This summer, Boyne City welcomed Smitten Designs Gallery, a one-of-a-kind Michigan-themed gift boutique to its business community.
Smitten Designs Gallery is located at 120 Water St., inside Boyne’s Beyond Borders.
“I do all custom inspired Michigan designs, jewelry, apparel, woodworking—a little bit of everything,” said Smitten Designs owner Ivette Dixon. “I have a lot of people that come in here and we personalize and customize pieces for people. We do charm bracelets, earrings and necklaces.”
Dixon is a New Orleans native who moved to Charlevoix after a visit to Traverse City in 2010.
“I named the company ‘Smitten Designs’ because Smitten is the feeling of happiness I feel when surrounded by the beauty of Michigan,” said Dixon.
The business is a family affair, as Dixon’s son Hunter is employed at the Boyne City store.
“I have been in there a couple of times and I think that it’s a cool business that appeals to both visitors and our local customers,” said Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Director “It’s good to have another business in the retail community.”
Dixon does all the designs herself, including woodworking, metalworking and painting.
“Before opening Smitten Designs I actually worked as a bartender. I toyed around with painting but never really had any formal classes or training,” said Dixon. “Everything I know I’ve taught myself through reading books or watching videos.”
Smitten designs products are sold throughout 24 different stores throughout Michigan, and their designs can be viewed online at http://www.smittendesignsstudio.com.
Dixon said she will customize pieces according to people’s needs and wants.
“If someone tells me they have a target number, I will work with them to meet that,” she said. “I have flexibility in my work and the price range of objects in my store ranges from $25 to $160.”