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YORK, PA – Karen Reiss Staub has spent more than two decades honing her jewelry-making skills in her Downtown York shop, and now the third-generation jeweler and owner of The Watchmaker’s Daughter wants to pass on what she’s learned.
The Watchmaker’s Daughter has added a new makerspace above its storefront, and it’s inviting creators of all skill levels to visit for silversmithing workshops and more.
Downtown Inc, York’s downtown improvement organization, will help celebrate the opening of The Watchmaker’s Daughter’s new space during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 5. The public and media are invited to attend.
“After more than 20 years working here, I’m ready for something new and fresh and hope that the addition of our workshop space will attract creators of all levels to the store and Downtown York,” Staub said. “Most people don’t realize the intricacies involved with metalsmithing, and this is my opportunity to share my passion with others. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates in our new space.”
A reception with refreshments will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Watchmaker’s Daughter also plans to have live music from Johnny Hank and a live painting demonstration from Rita Whitney during First Friday festivities, running from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown York.
Workshop attendees will familiarize themselves with basic metal-working skills, such as sawing and hammering. More advanced classes could also cover soldering, Staub said.
Guests won’t just leave with new skills. They’ll also have a unique creation. The upcoming workshop schedule features textured sterling silver earrings with gemstones, free-form sterling silver earrings, a stamped sterling silver necklace and more.
Staub also hopes that more experienced silversmiths just looking for a temporary work space might also take advantage of her space and tools – and perhaps feature their handmade work in her store.
The space is also available for rent for private workshops and events. It can be rented for a half day (four hours) or a full day (eight hours). It includes its own entrance, tables, chairs, a refrigerator, storage closet, utility sink, bathroom and storage cubbies. Staub’s own painted artwork hangs on the makerspace’s walls – while her jewelry can be found downstairs.
“We’re proud to live in a community of creators that aren’t just satisfied with honing their own skills, but eagerly take their passion for their craft and pass it onto the next generation of makers,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “Downtown Inc looks forward to seeing the memories – and jewelry – that are made in this new space.”
Staub originally started working in the shop in 1997, when it was run by her father and known as Max R. Reiss Jewelers. Her grandfather, George Reiss, first opened the family’s jewelry shop in 1945, in a space above the old Woolworth 5 & 10 store on West Market Street. The shop was moved to Beaver Street in 1965.
An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.
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