Shawn Higgins served in the jewelry industry for twenty years, but he began questioning whether he wanted to stay part of an industry that is harmful to people and the environment. Then he met Lindsay Daunell, who has a background in environmental studies. Together they created D&H Sustainable Jewelers which offers sustainable and ethically produced jewelry. They also offer a wine bar!
Shawn said that working with Main Street Launch was a positive experience, so in 2013 they came back to the organization for a larger loan. 2013 was a big year for D&H; they saw 50-80% growth from the year before. “We needed to hire more employees, expand our product line, and remodel,” Shawn said. A $250,000 Community Advantage loan gave their business the breathing room it needed to continue to grow.
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