Brandy Thomason McNair | Designer
Brandy Thomason McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008 at local art fairs, retail craft shows, and online at bellavitajewelry.net. Eleven years in, Bella Vita Jewelry can be found at 200+ brick-and-mortar stores across the US & Canada, and in her retail shop in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brandy lives and works in downtown Little Rock. All of her jewelry is made by hand in the Bella Vita Studio, which is housed in a beautifully restored century-old building. Bella Vita Jewelry is known for being made in small batches and one of a kind runs of personalized & hand stamped charms, natural stones, hand cast bronze & sterling pendants, and vintage baubles.
When she isn't tending to her growing small business, Brandy enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, perusing local flea markets, and having drinks and dinners out with friends.
Miki Elliott | Wholesale Manager
Miki Elliott joined the team several years ago to provide behind the scenes support for Bella Vita Jewelry! Miki wears a lot of hats at Bella Vita… from managing Wholesale orders, maintaining Bella Vita’s wholesale and retail websites, managing the retail shop, making jewelry, coordinating events and so much more! Brandy and Miki met back in 2003 when they were both pursuing their Bachelor of Interior Design degrees at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Miki is a Nationally Registered Interior Designer. After reconnecting years later in Little Rock, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Brandy again and is thrilled to be part of the team!
Miki lives in North Little Rock with her husband Jeremiah, and daughter Margo. Some of her favorite things are live theater, her dog (Maisy Lou), vintage furniture, playing the ukulele, color-coded day planners, garden gnomes and a good cup of coffee. Her favorite dance move and food are both the mashed potato.
Meg Choate | Production Assistant
Meg first joined the team way back in 2014/2015 helping out with production, and now is super excited to be back in action again as the Production Assistant, making our beautiful designs come to life.
Along with making jewelry and creating pretty things, she also enjoys playing and writing songs, hiking and camping, and nerding out over cool beads, stones, old coins and buttons.
Sydney Stoner | Retail Assistant
Sydney joined the team in early fall of 2019. Sydney mostly works the retail side of the shop but also helps with production. Sydney has worked in retail for 6 years, specializing in Visual Merchandising. She is a Central Arkansas native, from Conway. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Theatre and works as a professional actress from time to time. Sydney is married to Austin Shelton, a barber at our neighbor shop, Handle. They have a cat named Randy Rhoads and a dog named Roxanne. Sydney loves (almost) all things vintage, Lord of the Rings, and anything chocolate & peanut butter.
Cecilia Hofbauer | Retail Assistant
Cecilia is a graphic designer on paper and a fine artist at heart. When she’s not at Bella Vita she’s running her fine art business, AmaviHouse. She digs anything pups, classic rock, botany, + thrifting. In another life she’d probably still be an artist but moonlight as a backup rock tambourinist.
Find her in a pair of bellbottoms, trying new food, filling a vase with new blooms, blasting 70’s hits, thumbing through vintage, petting someone’s dog, or on a weekend trip. Continually creating + sharing groovy hues + retro moods.