Meet the Shopkeeper: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery
The Fifth Avenue shop and gallery has the best of what’s old and new in the world of jewelry.
City Centre’s go-to jewelry shop is as much about fresh, new designs as it is the treasures of the past. Curated by owner Karen Lorene, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery represents over 50 designers from the northwest and beyond as well as an assortment of antique and vintage pieces.
We caught up with Lorene to get the facts about Facèré.
WWW: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Lorene: Encantamento, Brazilian Guitar Quartet, but right before that Patsy Cline’s "Walkin’ After Midnight".
What was your first job in retail? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
My first job in retail was supposed to be fun, and it was—up until a customer was caught stealing a dress for his ten year old daughter. It was sad in every respect. That was in Spokane at the Bon Marche (what we know today as Macy’s) when I was sixteen.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
It’s not here yet, but it’s on the way for our next show: IdioSINcratic. It is a bracelet by David Chatt, called the "Teeneepeenee" (it is indeed pink and teenie).
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
Sandylew is such a great store.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc do you recommend?
I love City Centre, the building we are in. Everything is right at our fingertips. The three Starbucks locations, Palomino, Road, Aldo, and the available parking all bring us lots of walk-through traffic.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
A woman walked in—scruffy—or at least she looked scruffy. I wrote a note to my employee, ‘Do you think that’s a street person?’ She wrote back, ‘No, that is Meg Ryan.’ I wrote back, ‘Who is Meg Ryan?’ (this was years before Sleepless in Seattle) and my dear, smart, not-out-of-it employee wrote, ‘I will help her. You just stay right there.’