All that glitters is silver at new boutique
The historic corncrib that once housed The Wilton Shoemaker’s shop has undergone a glamorous transformation. The tiny, red-painted building is now the site of Wilton Jewelers Silver Boutique, which opened Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Crossways Plaza at 300 Danbury Road.
The racks of shoes and boots and the cobbler’s tools belonging to owner Chris Kydes have been replaced by cases and displays of glinting silver rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
Wilton Jewelers’ main shop is also at Crossways Plaza, and when Mr. Kydes moved to 265 Danbury Road in August, the jewelers decided to buy the shoemaker’s corncrib. “We saw a need for a silver shop because there isn’t one in the area,” said Kellie Robinson, co-owner of Wilton Jewelers with her husband, Howard. Wilton Jewelers is more of a fine jewelry shop, she said.
The new Silver Boutique at the corncrib will offer a variety of “fun fashion jewelry,” including such lines as Pandora or Alex and Ani, the eco-friendly collection with its trademark peace bracelets.
“The Alex and Ani line is a big seller right now,” said Ms. Robinson. “We also have Hershey’s jewelry and Tiffany designs, although not Tiffany jewelry.”
Ms. Robinson said prices range from “$20 to $300 and $400, and we have something for everyone, whether it is a piece for a child’s birthday or something for an adult to wear to an event.”
All the earrings are nickel-free to prevent allergic reactions, she said.
The Silver Boutique opened in time for the holiday season, according to Ms. Robinson. “We have some wonderful holiday gifts,” she said. “For example, we’ve got a new line of astrological-themed jewelry called ‘What’s Your Sign’ and also semiprecious birthstone necklaces,” she said.
Ms. Robinson and her husband, who is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in New York, have operated Wilton Jewelers for seven years. They previously owned a store in Larchmont, and Mr. Robinson has been a jeweler for more than 30 years.
“We are a full-service jeweler and we offer jewelry repair, watch repair and pearl stringing,” she said.
The right piece of jewelry can “complete an outfit and dress it up, or down,” said Ms. Robinson. “And there are so many different emotions attached to jewelry, such sentimentality, because it brings back family memories.”
The Silver Boutique is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 to 5:30, on Thursday and Friday from 10 to 7, on Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and on Sunday from 11 to 3.
Information: info@wilton jewelers.com, 203-210-702, or wiltonjewelers.com.