A number of businesses are breathing new life into the North Side’s East Ohio St. commercial district. Treasures
—which specializes in handcrafted jewelry and leather goods—opens this week at 407 East Ohio St. in the turn-of-the-century Carlyle Building.
The 1,500-square-foot boutique features Brazilian flooring and a cream, burgundy, gold, and brown color scheme. Owner Karolyn Denson draws inspiration from her travels to Honolulu, Amsterdam, New York City, South Carolina, and Boston. “It’s a blending of ideas I’ve seen from my travels,” says Denson, who worked at a high-end bridal shop in Maryland, and studied clothing design at CMU
and the Art Institute
Denson—who received loans from the URA
and Northside Community Development Fund
—worked with building owner Morgan Kronk to remodel the shop and façade. “I’ve always wanted to have something that caters to the community,” adds Denson, who donates a percentage of her profits to a nonprofit she created to honor her grandparents. “My grandmother lived in Manchester and taught me to sew when I was three. She was a milliner who made Sunday church hats.” Treasures also hosts exhibitions, readings, live music, and children’s art programs.
Working with a jeweler in India, Denson brings in rings, necklaces, bracelets, and belly rings from around the world. Treasures also carries Murano and Millefiori glasswork from Venice, silver pieces from Bangkok, leather apparel, and laptop bags. Jewelry prices range from $8 to $3,000, while leather items sell for between $10 and $500.
Also new to East Ohio St. business is the 3,000-square-foot 18-hour Mom’s Daycare and Nails Today. In June, the corridor will launch a new monthly gallery night.
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Karolyn Denson, TreasuresPhotograph copyright Brian Cohen