Tumbleweed Shop & Studio – Now # 1 on The Ave.
ARTISAN MADE GOODS
Tumbleweed Shop & Studio and I go back about 10 years to 2008-2009 when I owned a women’s clothing store in downtown Wenatchee called Studio 10 Boutique. Jessica Russell, creator and owner of Tumbleweed Bead jewelry, suggested I sell her signature hoops in my store. Which I did, and they sold like crazy! One time, I even sold a pair of gold hoops straight from my ears at a clothing show in Seattle.
Fast forward to today and you’ll find Jessica and her husband Tyler have established Tumbleweed Shop & Studio as a successful wholesale and online jewelry business as well as a retail store in Wenatchee for the past 8 years. Jessica, along with her team of makers, sales staff, and media management, all help produce and sell Tumbleweed jewelry to a wholesale, online, and in-store consumer. Including selling products from a variety of other American made small-batch artisan companies from across the nation. Most of them female owned.
Tumbleweed Shop & Studio carries lines by artisans from all around the country. Their product mix consists of gorgeous semi-precious stones/metals/bead jewelry, HOBO Handbags, Voluspa Candles, clothing, scarves, Diff Sunglasses, barware, ceramics, greeting cards, children’s gifts, natural skincare products and many other natural and unique things.
Jessica has been creating jewelry since she was a young girl alongside her Grandmother. She started selling her jewelry in college to friends who told their friends. She also took it one step further and sold her jewelry at regional craft fairs, set up an online shop on Etsy, and she approached retail stores to sell her Tumbleweed jewelry.
Believing Wenatchee was on an uphill trajectory to becoming a “happening” place with a growing economy, the Russell’s jumped on the opportunity to make a change of direction in their lives and invest in Wenatchee’s community.
After growing her online business for a few years and living in Bend, OR, with her husband Tyler and their newborn twins, Jessica and Tyler chose to move their new babies back to Wenatchee and closer to Jessica’s family in 2010.
The Russell’s believed Wenatchee was on an uphill trajectory to becoming a “happening” place with a growing economy and they wanted to be a part of that. They jumped on the opportunity to make a change of direction in their lives and invest their future into Wenatchee’s community.
As soon as they arrived, they opened a work so they could continue filling jewelry orders. The retail shop soon followed to Jessica’s surprise with much success. She knew she had something different than everyone else in town, but didn’t realize how well her products mix would be accepted by a local and traveling crowd.
Now Tumbleweed Shop & Studio is a crown jewel in our downtown environment!
TUMBLEWEED NOW AT #1
Tumbleweed Shop & Studio recently relocated to a bigger space that is more prominently located at 1 Wenatchee Avenue. In this bigger space, Jessica and crew are able to work in an adjacent studio space to the retail side making it easy to hear and interact with customers. Seven employees make up Tumbleweed operation from jewelry makers, wholesale sales, retail associates, marketing, and shipping. And they are all the nicest people and give GREAT customer service!
Tumbleweed does participate in every First Friday Art walk! See their Facebook page for updates.
Tumbleweed Shop & Studio, 1 North Wenatchee Ave. WA 9880, (509) 423-4722 http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/
By: Lisa Traum livingncw.com