Baubles, bangles and beads at Creations By L
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Lois Manza, owner Creations By L,
shows some of the jewelry available in her shop.
Anyone who strolls Anna Maria’s beaches on a weekend afternoon, is bound to run into a bride or two. On one of these afternoons a bride strolled into Creations By L on Marina Drive at 2:30 p.m. madly looking for barefoot sandals for her 5 p.m. beach wedding. It didn’t take Lois Manza long to design and create pearl and crystal barefoot sandals for the anxious bride saving her special day and reminding Manza why she loves her business so much.
Manza opened Creations By L last August taking over the former Nica Rose location in Holmes Beach. The first week of June she moved a short distance down Marina Drive to 5500 Marina Drive into a more comfortable bright and open space decorated with the colors of the Gulf waters.
Creations By L has gradually evolved from a bead shop featuring mostly casual earrings, necklaces and bracelets into more of a jewelry store with one of a kind formal pieces. Manza and her good friend Louise Yaghjian design and create most of the items with Lois Manza’s daughter, Shalise Manza Young, also contributing to the inventory.
And what color, beauty and creativity you’ll find in the shop. Semi-precious stones are the building blocks of the designs utilizing coin and fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, jasper and other natural stones. Beads, brass and silver are also on display including the always popular noodle bracelet with a silver tube and a variety of colorful stones. Creations By L still carries more casual string necklaces, earrings and ankle bracelets mostly made with beads.
One of Manza’s newest creations is the Anna Maria Bracelet charm bracelet with ocean blue crystals and beachy charms including dolphins, shells, star fish and sand dollars. A great gift and Island keepsake which can be custom designed, not surprising since one of the things that Creations By L does best is custom design jewelry for any occasion.
As a member of the Anna Maria Island Wedding Merchants, Creations By L specializes in custom designing bride and bridal party jewelry. It’s not uncommon for a bride to bring in her dress or a picture of the dress to Lois Manza who will work with her to create just a perfect and unique look. This also extends to customers who need jewelry for any special occasion to blend with their ensemble
If you interested in creating your own jewelry, you can attend one of Creation By L’s many evening classes. They range from open beading and knotted free form necklaces to chandelier earrings and cost $20 plus supplies. Call the shop or check the website for class schedules.
In case you’re still trying to figure out what exactly barefoot sandals are, you’ll just have to stop into Creations By L, but here’s a hint, you won’t have to worry about wearing out the soles. Creations By L not just beaded jewelry rather designer jewelry with beads.
Creations By L
5500 Marina Dr.,
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday until 8 p.m.