Clarification: Harbor Goldsmith II is located at 599 S. Collier. Also, the Front Street location of Harbor Goldsmith remains open. The store did not move, but rather opened a second location.
Harbor Goldsmith’s owners Richard and Andrea Allen have moved their successful and unique jewelry store —operated by them for 10 years at 1 Front Street — to a new location at 5990 S. Collier Blvd., Ste. 302 in Marco Walk.
To celebrate, the Allens held Grand Opening receptions Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at the new store. The area, located on the northeast corner of Winterberry and S. Collier across from Marco Island’s trendiest resorts, recently underwent a major facelift and remodel that created, among other embellishments, a fountain-centered patio/food court.
The Harbor Goldsmith store’s interior walls are painted a luminous turquoise and spume white which, not coincidentally, contains a curvaceous nautical figurehead jutting out which may have been the embodiment of the spirit of a New England clipper ship meant to pacify Neptune and guarantee a safe voyage.
Not so unusual then is the Harbor name when there’s also the sleek prow of a sailboat cutting through — not waves — but the back wall of the shop proper!
Tom Smith, who grew up with Richard in a town outside of Boston and who now also works with him in Marco, begun to tell the story of the store’s name.
“Richard was in the Navy and around boats all his life, visiting ports of call...” he said before Richard finished the sentence with, “We wanted to capture the Island feel and so... the Harbor, and I’m a goldsmith!”
Richard pointed out the signature angels pendants, earrings and pins he created that are displayed in one of the glass-topped and front counters lining the right side of the shop.
“I was inspired by the illuminated angels designed by David Rice that decorate Collier Boulevard during the holiday,” he said, adding that between November and April the store donates 20 percent of sales of the angels, dividing the amounts equally between St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Camp Angels organization.
In the meantime, Andrea resembled a whirlwind as she sailed around the shop familiarly greeting guests and navigating between clusters of curious passersby who may have been attracted to the store’s advertised wine tasting.
“We travel twice a year throughout Europe to find unique jewelry for our customers that you don’t see anywhere, and that’s why we have such a loyal clientele,” she explained.
Last summer, she said, they traveled through Tuscany and happened to go to a wine tasting at the Le Vine de’ I Selvatici winery owned by Fausto and Giuseppe Sala, with whom they struck up a friendship that prompted an invitation to visit when he came to the states.
“We invited him to come and do a wine tasting for our customers so they could enjoy the same wine and here he is!” she said.