Anne Marie Nesbitt started making jewelry in 2005 while still a student at Westminster High School.
Today, the 25-year-old is CEO of AMR Jewelry, which operates three retail stores in the area and a Hampstead-based wholesale business.
Looking back on her progress since making her first pair of earrings at age 17, Nesbitt said that was the plan.
“From the start, I really wanted to build a national business,” the Finksburg native said. “I’m not even close to my goal. My goal is to have stores everywhere.”
The first Nesbitt store at 10 John Street in Westminster, which opened in 2011, has recently been refurbished and will celebrate its grand reopening from March 6-8.
This one-story showroom grew into a two-story showroom and expanded again to offer parties and events for small groups and local organizations.
Nesbitt, a 2006 graduate of Westminster High School, said expanding the business in her hometown was “the obvious thing to do”.
“I know what people want in the area, what is lacking in terms of shopping in the area,” she said.
A critical part of the upcoming reopening event is expanding fundraising opportunities for community groups, Nesbitt said.
By partnering with AMR, organizations could earn up to 35% of sales for a week-long promotion or silent auction event.
“It’s something I’ve always really wanted to do, to create a fundraising program where we can help any organization starting in Carroll County and then we can branch out,” she said. declared.
Additional activities throughout the grand reopening include a ladies night and jewelry making events for kids.
Following the John Street location, Nesbitt opened a store in the Westminster Town Mall and a store in Cockeysville.
Nesbitt, who now lives in Towson, has owned her wholesale business since 2009. She sells to more than 3,000 stores across the country and some overseas.
After graduating from Westminster, she attended Towson University. There she continued to make jewelry in her dorm room between classes which she would later sell at festivals.
“It was never a hobby, it was straight away that I decided to figure out how to do this,” she said.
Nesbitt no longer owns the first piece of earrings she made at age 17, and the self-taught jeweler can’t pinpoint exactly what inspired her to create jewelry.
In 2007, she opened a kiosk at Christmas in the Town Mall in Westminster. After seeing how successful she was, she decided to drop out of school and pursue her jewelry business.
“I was earning a full-time income and I knew that was what I wanted to do,” she said.
It now has 15 employees, all part-time.
These employees don’t just care about the stores when they’re open. They also make jewelry.
“It’s a great way to train an artist,” Nesbitt said.
She added that it gives her employees instant gratification when their items sell out and ensures a huge selection of styles going.
For Lizzie Bowersox, an employee at the John Street site, being able to make jewelery is the “best part of the job”.
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“I love it when people buy something I made,” she said. “It’s really reassuring, it’s a very good feeling.”
Bowersox, who is currently studying at Carroll Community College to become an elementary school teacher, said working at AMR while still in school was a “dream job”.
“I know this might sound strange for a 19-year-old, but I look forward to coming to work every day,” she said.
Although she loves the creativity of her work, Nesbitt said it’s hard to point out one thing she values most about the profession.
“There’s just something about it that interests me 100% of the time,” she said.
For more information on AMR jewelry, visit http://www.amrjewelryboutique.com.
For more information on grand reopening events, contact Victoria Rhoten at [email protected]