APEX, N.C. (WNCN) — Making people happy and inspiring women of all ages to follow their dreams — that is the mission of Kelly Shatat, the creator of Moon & Lola.
Fifteen years ago Shatat was working as a pharmacist and looking for a way to fill her creative void.
She began making jewelry and Moon & Lola was born.
“I always joke I’m gonna let all the other pharmacist keep everyone alive and I’ll just make them happy while they are alive,” said Shatat.
Her best friend encouraged her to sell her jewelry at a Junior League show. It was so popular that before she knew it, boutiques were asking to see it in their shops.
Shatat began making the jewelry on her sofa. But as the demand grew, she had to hire full-time help and move to a studio in downtown Apex.
Under that studio is Moon & Lola’s flagship store filled with colorful jewelry and stylish accessories.
“We’re really known for our personalized pieces,” said Shatat. “We were the first to take acrylic and do a colored monogram. That’s why we sell at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom… we really put that on the map.”
Moon & Lola has been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things twice. First in 2014 with cufflinks, then again in 2015 with a pet ornament.
Shatat says Moon & Lola is really a story of friendship. She always wanted to help women be independent and strong and know they can be or do whatever they want.
“It took a village, Kelly Shatat did not do this whole business. There is a whole room of women out there, we’re only here because of the people who help us,” said Shatat.
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