My name is Marianne Gregersen, and I was raised in Chicopee, Massachusetts. My original career lasted 27 years, in the field of signs and outdoor advertising. I have designed logos and signs for large corporations, worked with neon, LED lighting, worked with elevations and site plans to create directional signage for traffic flow. I planned and designed the electrical for the interiors of signs as well and the masonry bases and footings for installation. I managed a production department of 5 men in printing, graphics application, painting and CNC routing.
I have always loved painting and drawing, the outdoors, beaches and forests, fleamarkets and barnsales.
I began collecting rocks as soon as I could walk and today I tend to stop everywhere I go to pick up stones, flat rocks, driftwood, and wildflowers. I fell in love with vintage jewelry in 2005 when I was blessed with some of my grandmother's costume jewelry from the 1930's-40's. I only had to hold it in my hand and I was bit by the bug. Similar to how I discovered my love for gardening. Both inspired by or inherited from my grandmother, Isabelle Paquette.
I have been in the retail gift shop business for the past 5 years. I started out in Northampton, Mass and eventually found my way to Easthampton, where I have settled in a beautiful space in the Cultural District on Cottage St, just below Mt. Tom.
My love for crystals and minerals has grown exponentially over the last 5 years. I love both the geology and the metaphysical aspects. I have mined all over Massachusetts and New York, including off the beaten path in Western Mass.