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Kerry speaks with Brandy Thomason McNair, Bella Vita Jewelry

Listen to the 3/30/18 podcast to learn:
  • How Brandy's lifelong love of beads transformed into Bella Vita Jewelry  
  • How Bella Vita Jewelry began as a truly grass roots business
  • How she started her passion project Boss Lady Blog
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Brandy McNair comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Harrison Arkansas, she observed the art and struggle of owning a business on both sides of her family from her maternal and paternal grandparents. That same spirit was passed to her father and now she carries the trail blazing torch with her business Bella Vita Jewelry. Brandy founded Bella Vita in 2008 and opened a store in 2014.

No stranger to hard work, Brandy began working for her aunt at age 12. She swept the floors, cleaned and ran the register at the sandwich shop her aunt managed. At 14 she began bussing tables at her family’s restaurant. Working her way up to waitress, she stayed there for about 10 years. In the fall of 1996, she got a job at Crescent Moon Beads in Eureka Springs and dabbled with her love of design and antique jewelry. In 2003, she began the U of A and in 2007 graduated with a degree in Interior Design.

Like most entrepreneurs, she held a slew of jobs while building her own business. In 2013, she was completely self-employed. She volunteers at 2nd Friday Art Night in Downtown Little Rock and supports women starting businesses in a blog called Boss Lady.

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