Brandy Thomason McNair, Bella Vita Jewelry founder and designer

Brandy Thomason McNair | Designer

Brandy Thomason McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008 at local art fairs, retail craft shows, and online at Seven years in, Bella Vita Jewelry can be found at 100+ brick-and-mortar stores across the US and in her new 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, drinks and dinners out with friends, and cuddling with her 14 year old lab mix, Arlo.

Amanda Potter Cole | Tech Woman

Amanda Potter Cole joined the Bella Vita team to provide technical assistance and has been a "bead girl" with Brandy since they worked at Crescent Moon Beads in Eureka Springs, Arkansas during their high school years.

Amanda's company, AMP•SEE Ideas, helps small businesses and nonprofit organizations strengthen their brands and build customer loyalty through communications, events, and programs. When not working, Amanda will usually be found enjoying a good beer with her husband and friends, loving on her pup, and trying to make the world a more awesome place.