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Some sparkle for Little Italy

A Schenectady native has opened her own jewelry shop in downtown's Little Italy neighborhood.

Debbie White, a retired teacher at Scotia-Glenville elementary schools, gathered with city and county officials Thursday for a ribbon cutting at 36 North Jay St. to celebrate the grand opening of her shop, KC Creations Jewelry.

The Chamber of Schenectady County organized the event.

“What I am most proud of is that I handcraft all the pieces I sell at my shop,” said White in a news release issued Thursday by the chamber. “I set my bar very high. If I’m not happy with a piece, I take it apart and start again. I only sell pieces that I, myself, would want to wear — and many times I do. Because of this, my pieces are all unique.”

After retiring, White began making jewelry for her friends. She tried selling her goods at several local craft fairs before deciding to open a store.

KC Creations is named after her children, Kate and Chris. The shop features necklaces, earrings and bracelets. In addition to regularly making new pieces, White will also do custom work for customers.

KC Creations is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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