There is absolutely…positively…nothing better than strolling down Historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri, walking into a shop and falling in total love with everything your eyes fall on…
And that is exactly what happened to me a few years ago when I stumbled upon a little gem of a store called Cassandra Erin. Cassandra Erin specializes in handmade one-of-kind works of wearable art…you will find no piece alike…they are all different and special in their own way! Her “From The Heart” line lets you take handwritten words or even drawings and transfer them to the jewelry…making a memory that will last a lifetime. The quality of the pieces are also wonderful. Most of the pieces you will find are made using high quality Argentium silver, although the artists use a wide range of different metals. Overall though, the best part about the jewelry you will find here, is that it’s extremely versatile…it’s casual but can be dressy also depending on what outfit you pair it with. This jewelry is literally the only jewelry that I wear other than my wedding ring!
Cassandra Porlier is the owner, designer, primary metalsmith…and overall mastermind behind Cassandra Erin and you can feel the love she has for her shop and her craft every time you step thru her shop door! She spends her days crafting and designing right there in the shop. You can browse the store and sneak a peek at the work in progress also in the open workspace. I feel it’s a huge plus to be able to see the artist making the jewelry in person…It really brings the pieces to life.
Wanna know what else makes this shop special? Cassandra Erin is made possible by four generations of strong women who are family and making this business what it is. Cassandra’s grandmother works in the shop keeping their books and also has paintings for sale there as well. Cassandra’s mother, Teri Sallee, is her business partner, as well as she creates her own charity line of jewelry called “The Mustard Seed”. Partial proceeds from the sales of this jewelry line goes towards Christian Orphanages in India which helps feed, give medical attention and build wells for the orphans in India.
In addition, Cassandra’s daughter, Kate, has also started designing her own line of jewelry called KW that has literally become my favorite pieces to wear. Who wouldn’t love this??
Family is obviously important to these gals and that is AWESOME to me!!
It’s also not just me that loves this little shop…others all over the country have fallen in love too! Numerous celebrities and professional athletes have also made these works of art their own. I highly recommend that you get in on this also and come check them out and while you are there, you can check out some of the other local artists that they feature in their shop. You can catch them at 112 South Main Street in Historic St. Charles. Their general hours are Monday – Friday from 10am – 5 pm and on Saturdays by appointment. They are closed on Sunday.
So come on…go grab a coffee and your comfy shoes and come explore Historic Main Street in St. Charles and stop by Cassandra Erin while you are here! You won’t regret it!!!