When I walked into Foundation, The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” was playing in the background. Peter and Alex Cohen, brothers and owners of the shop, lounged on chairs as they chatted with two customers who were flipping through their newest shipment. “We started to sell records on Instagram to fund the other stuff we […]
Okidanokh Goldcraft, located at 1217 N. Orange Ave., will celebrate its one-year anniversary November 11 in their new studio in Ivanhoe Village.
Years ago, goldsmith Almut Belote relocated her family from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to College Park. She opened her jewelry business a few doors down from its current location in May 2013.
Belote still maintains a business in St. Thomas, an island that was devastated by Hurricane Irma. She reported that the workshop there was completely flooded while the retail store came away relatively unscathed due to its location in a historic stone building. One of the goldsmiths from St. Thomas has temporarily relocated to Orlando to continue working while the island recovers from the hurricane.
Two apprentices at Okidanokh, which means creativity, have connections to Edgewater High School. One is a graduate who studied computer animation and is now learning to become a goldsmith. Another apprentice is a current EHS senior who is studying in Belote’s workshop after school.
To celebrate Okidanokh’s one-year anniversary in the new space, Belote will serve wine and champagne from Tim’s Wine Market throughout the afternoon of November 11. Okidanokh Goldcraft’s regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can check out their website at okidanokh.com.