OCEAN GROVE – Expanding up in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ellie Mathias was a cost-free-spirited romantic who beloved jewelry and add-ons.

And she productively channeled her innovative strength and talent in jewellery style and design into her 2017 launch of The Mermaid Haberdashery, an Ocean Grove-centered boutique providing classic reproduction jewelry that assists transport its wearers to a less complicated, far more sophisticated time.

“I loved art, textiles and fashions from a extremely young age,” recalled Mathias (aka “Miss Ellie”), 49, a Very long Branch resident who labored in clothes and jewellery stores all by way of her large school yrs. At 18, Mathias still left her hometown and the constraints of her self-explained “puritanical upbringing” for art faculty at Washington College in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated with significant dreams.