Thursday, July 18, 2013

Downtown artisans' gallery sets grand opening for Friday

The interior of ML Ranch Jewelry in downtown Idaho Falls.
ML Ranch Jewelry, 430 Park Avenue, is planning to have its grand opening Friday at 11 a.m.

Located in the Snake River Animal Shelter's old office (they have moved to the O.E. Bell Building, on Ridge Avenue), ML Ranch Jewelry features the work of Linda Heiser as well as other artisans, including Chantal Dunkley, Alan Yonk, Cassie Blust and Wanda Baldwin. Heiser said she hopes to eventually have eight people displaying their work at the shop.

She helped start the Artisans Market 12 years ago, but had to step down for health reasons.  She hopes to recreate some of that flavor in the new store. She also sells her work on such online sites as Etsy.

The jewelry she has been making has a Western feel, but Heiser said it's "not cowboy."

"People have been asking me, 'When are you going to open a store?'" she said. "I have a bigger following than I thought I had."

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