June 14, 2017
Situated in Eugene, Oregon, Newtw!st attracts all those with an eye and appreciation for aesthetics. Besides fine jewelry, owner Colleen Stangeland sells pottery, handbags, and other unique handmade collections in her family-run store.Colleen’s gracious and positive attitude creates a truly warm environment within the store. It’s no wonder her employees and clients enjoy being there!
COUTURE: Number of years in business?
Colleen Stangeland: 30
C: Number of employees?
C: How did you get into jewelry and watch retail?
CS: A gradual evolution from gift to jewelry.
C: What’s the favorite part of your day?
CS: Morning, watching the sunrise over my amazing backyard that my landscape architect husband designed.
C: What’s the least favorite part of your day?
CS: Love every minute
C: If a theme song played every time you walk into a room, what would it be?
CS: Sting “Brand New Day”
C: Instagram or Facebook?
C: Favorite season?
CS: Spring or Fall
C: Favorite curse word?
C: What’s your mantra for dealing with a difficult client?
CS: Kill them with kindness.
C: If you had a tattoo, what would it be and where?
CS: I do, Chinese character for continuation.
C: I won’t leave home without ________
CS: My phone
C: If you could own another type of store, what would it be and where?
CS: Shoe store
C: Favorite vacation spot?
C: Least favorite food?
CS: Anything spicy
C: Coffee or Tea?
CS: Coffee (decaf)
C: What’s your exercise routine?
CS: Hiking and Barre3
C: What’s the first piece of jewelry you fell in love with?
CS: Jeanine Payer “like a ship that took me safely through the wildest storm of all”
C: How do you motivate your staff?
CS: Love and support
C: What’s on your desk?
CS: Candles, flowers and a computer.
C: What’s the most difficult gemstone you have to work with/hardest to explain to customers?
CS: Nothing comes to mind