I love to explore all of the little shops in our three core areas. Not only can you find the most interesting items that you’ll never see in the box stores, you meet interesting people who are passionate about what they do.
It’s not in my character to patronize shops that specialize in “fashion jewellery & accessories,” that just isn’t me, but when I was passing Gilded, a new store on Main St. my attention was drawn to a rhinestone encrusted skull that hid a phone. Closer examination of the display window showed some intriguing jewelry adorned with spiders, skull and such, but when I spied the fedoras, (Biltmores, not the cheap knock offs you find in the “box stores”) I was drawn inside.
I met the proprietor, Trang Vo, and we had a very interesting conversation about the charm of the “Village” of Cambridge. I’m always interested in people’ stories, and what brought them to the city that my forefathers helped found.
In her own words, here is Trang’s story.
“I grew up in Kitchener, graduated from Resurrection Catholic Secondary.
I then moved to Toronto to pursue fine arts and design study at Ontario College of Art & Design. I concentrated my studies in Photographic Arts for 3yrs, then took courses in jewellery design and metal smithing.
Upon graduating OCAD in 2002, I opened my first jewellery retail location in Promenade Mall in Thornhill,ON. Since then I have opened and operated 4 locations as a speciality retailer in the jewellery and accessories category.
I have had shops at Promenade Mall (Thornhill, ON), kiosk 2 years, Vaughan Mills Mall (Vaughan, ON) , kiosk 9.5 years, Queen St West Boutique location, Toronto 2 yrs and the newest boutique location in Downtown Galt, which opened Aug 2014.
I’m often asked what brought me to Galt. I knew I wanted to relocate back to Waterloo Region eventually. I was exhausted from working long demanding mall hours, with no holidays off. (The mall was only closed 3 days of the year.)
I debated if I was going to continue the business in a brick and mortar location, or if I was going to go online completely. I knew ifI were to continue with a brick and mortar location, I wanted be part of a small downtown core. I spent almost 9 months scouting many locations in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. I really liked the vibe here , friendly, artsy,very community oriented, exactly what I was looking for. I thought it had
a lot of potential, and after seeing the space I knew I found a new home for the business. With a space like this I have the freedom to be as creative as I want to be and adorn how I choose. I’m very happy I opened in Galt, the response has been so positive.
Not only is it a beautiful and charming downtown, most important, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the warmest and nicest people.”
GILDED BOUTIQUE is a unique destination for fashion forward jewellery & accessories for women & men from around the globe.
A specialty retailer since 2002, we offer a tremendous collection of fashion jewellery, Bridal/ Special Occasion jewellery & .925 fine Sterling Silver Jewellery. As we have grown over the years, our jewellery line as expanded to include diamond cut CZ, micro pave crystal, Swarovski element crystal, Stellux & Precosia Austrian crystal, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, stainless steel & gold plated to name a few. We now also offer handbags, evening clutches, time pieces, unique vintage finds & key apparel items at our newest boutique location in downtown Galt, Cambridge.
We strive to give you great personalized service in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere and offer stunning designs home grown & from around the world that is high quality, unique, and affordable. We’ll help you find the perfect gift or beautiful accessory to accent any outfit for any occasion.
We look forward to serving you..Adorn and Inspire…Get Gilded.
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