Saturday, February 26, 2011

The World of Dolores Forsythe


Dolores



Mabel

A child's Turkish ceremonial gown is draped above




Walking into Dolores Forsythe's jewelry boutique is like jumping into a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get, but it's all so fabulous you just don't care!

Dolores has made a career many of us dream of... she travels the world in search of jewelry, textiles, stones and curiosities, then brings it all back to her second floor shop in Coronado's historic Winchester building.  With every trip her boutique is transformed with new exotic treasures.

Dolores was inspired to start her business ten years ago while traveling through Asia with her husband.  During her stay in Vietnam, she got to know some of the local women who sold pearls to support their families, but they had very limited sales opportunities.  Dolores saw a chance to make a difference, and a new business was born.

Moved by the difficult circumstances she witnessed, Dolores contributes a portion of her sales to Grameen Bank's micro loan program, which enables women in third world countries to start businesses and improve the lives of their families.

  What began as a small pearl business quickly grew into a popular Coronado boutique as word spread about the one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the charismatic woman who sold them.  I met Dolores five years ago at a jewelry sale in her garage (those were the early days remember) on my way home from school drop-off, and have been a fan of this remarkable lady ever since!  

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