My initial idea was to create a beautiful website selling coastal home furnishings and gifts including women’s accessories and jewelry. As I sourced out my merchandise, to my delight I loved being around all the beautiful things and was not satisfied to photograph it and put it online. I had already designed the logo, got the site launched, and had great recources to beautiful coastal home furnishings. Wandering around the shops in Newport one unseasonably warm day in early January, I had a wonderful conversation with French glass artist Marianne Spottswood McLean of the Luniverre Gallery at 146 historic Bellevue Avenue. She informed me that the Endless Wave Surf Shop next door was closing it’s doors and moving to an online store only. Interesting that I was going to be only online with The Sea Star Collection, and now wanted to open a brick and mortar store, and this looked like the perfect place to do it! I was also very inspired by the Mystic, CT store called Nest. I even ran into the owner on my Atlanta buying trip…how’s that for karma? I am hoping my store design and layout is as beautiful as Marsha’s at Nest!