1ST AVENUE NE — After 10 years at 18 University Ave. NE, custom jewelry shop T Lee has found a new home. It won’t be moving far — the shop is just moving around the corner to a 1st Ave. NE storefront between the Red Stag Supper Club and women’s clothing store Key North Boutique. While the distance may be small, owner T. Lee said the change to her store will be quite large.
“It’s a complete and total reinvention,” said Lee. “We’re bringing the showroom where all of my talented jewelers work out onto the showroom floor. We’ll really feature them more and show off the work they do.”
The current retail space features a 1,000 square foot showroom with a smaller workshop and design studio in the back. As much of her jewelry is custom, Lee said customers frequently ask about how it is made. At the new location, Lee and her three additional jewelers will work right out on the showroom floor so visitors can see the jewelry being created first-hand.
“This will be like a full immersion experience,” said Lee.
T Lee’s University Avenue store will close in late October with a three-day sale and Halloween party. On Thursday, Oct. 25, all jewelry will be 30 percent off. On the 26th, the inventory will be 40 percent off. On Saturday, Oct. 27, all jewelry will be 50 percent off, or 60 percent off for anyone wearing a Halloween costume. From 6 to 9 p.m. on the 27th, the store will also host a Halloween party with a tarot card reader, crystal ball reader and other themed attractions.
The store will reopen on 1st Avenue NE on or around Nov. 15. While Lee thinks that date could change slightly, she has her grand opening date locked in for Nov. 17. For the last 10 years, the store has hosted a holiday party the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and this year will be no different. In addition to featuring food, wine and music, the party will also function as the debut of both the new location and Lee’s 2013 jewelry line.