Tucked away from the bustle on Broadway and up a flight of stairs, you can find a dainty shop filled with handcrafted jewelry and vintage Western wear. The new store, fittingly called Jyspyloot, has walls lined with silver and turquoise necklaces, earrings and rings, along with a variety of bohemian and Western-inspired knick knacks. You can find anything from vintage china to suitcases, and it’s all handpicked by the store’s owner, Hannah Selovich*.
Selovich has been selling her own handcrafted goods for about eight years. She started off by vending at craft and horse shows, music festivals and farmers markets, until her customers started asking when she'd secure her own space. “It kind of just snowballed,” Selovich says. She made a Post-it note that reminded herself to check Craigslist every night for an open business space. Finally, she found one and immediately called her business partner, Caitlin Trowbridge, and they decided to rent the space together.
Since Selovich was young, she's had an obsession for silver jewelry. She frequently strung necklaces, and when she was 12 she took a class at Village Glass and learned how to make beads using lampwork. Then she discovered silversmithing and fell in love. But when she realized how expensive it was to sustain the trade, she resolved to finding and cutting her own stones to make her own jewelry.
Finding a silversmith teacher proved another challenge, Selovich says. It took two years to find someone willing to teach her silversmithing without having gone to trade school. Ultimately, she found a teacher and apprenticed under him for three years. Being able to pass on the skill to her two younger children like her teacher did to her is one of her favorite things about silversmithing.“Him gifting me that skill and me being able to give it to my kids is just something else, really,” Selovich says.
Since having a physical store, Selovich has made it part of her philosophy to showcase other local artists and businesses, just as others have done for her. “There’s a saying that the rising tide lifts all boats and I feel like that’s an important part of what we’re trying to do,” she says. She sells T-shirts and sunglasses from funk band Catdaddy and features exclusive leather necklaces from Ayla Pratte, a jewelry maker.
Selovich says Jypsyloot will always have a variety of items because she will continue to support local artists. By showcasing their pieces, she hopes she can foster a sense of growth and success. “Everyone seems to be wanting to move in the same direction,” Selovich says. “So if you can help, why not?”
*This story has been updated to reflect a corrected spelling of Selovich's name.