We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I grew up with a love for accessories, jewelry, and making things. My 8th birthday party was spent learning how to make necklaces with my friends, which turned into making and selling bracelets in middle school. Eventually, when I was in college I picked it back up and started Emily Anne Designs. I started this business during the summer after my freshman year at the University of South Carolina. While it was a hobby in college, I always dreamed of it becoming my career. I graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in retail management and moved home because of the pandemic. Most retailers weren’t hiring at the time, so I took the plunge and went full time with this dream of mine. Now, two years later, I am still making things and my love for jewelry is only growing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Emily Anne Designs is a handcrafted jewelry and accessories brand – all of our pieces are handmade in Atlanta. We use 14k gold-filled components to create jewelry that is designed to be lived in. You can shower, swim, sweat, and live in our jewelry without it tarnishing, fading, or affecting sensitive skin. Nothing comes easy – there have definitely been plenty of challenges along the way. For one – the entire world shut down right when I graduated and was just getting started! One thing I’ve learned is that as you grow you don’t out grow the challenges, The obstacles grow with you and you constantly have to learn how to overcome them and keep going.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my bestie was visiting we would definitely grab some tacos at Jaliscos – I grew up going there and still love it 24 years later. I love walking along the beltline or hanging out in Piedmont Park and just taking in the views of the city. We’d probably catch a sunset from the roof top at New Realm or Ponce. Go duck bowling at The Painted Duck. Shop around Scott’s Antiques (where I found the beads that inspired me to start Emily Anne Designs ). There are so many good spot’s in Atlanta its hard to narrow it down!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve every shout-out I can possibly give them! They continue to support me in following my dreams and encourage me every day. I definitely would not be where I am today without them.