Colorado Beach Soul - Meet the Maker
Take a few minutes to reach about Holli Soriano - the beach lover behind Colorado Beach Soul
How did your business get its start?
I have always loved the beach. I collect treasures from all the beaches we visit. And wanted to make something that I could wear to remind me of each vacation we took. I am a stay at home mom, so while my girls napped I would create my jewelry and decor!
What sparks your creativity most?
The beach and sunlight!
What's the best thing about running your own business? The worst?
Being able to work whenever I want from home, use my creativity and inspire my inner beach love!
The worst: startup costs!
Share a funny story about your business.
Not a funny story but touching one. I had a customer request a locket with 6 starfish and beautiful sand. She was buying a gift for her mother. Her mother adopted her and 5 other children from Russia. This custom piece touched my heart immensely. The starfish story is along these lines....
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
How has your business most helped you and/or your family grow?
Watching my daughter's love to help me create pieces. And they have found a love for the beach as well. My husband sees my passion and has enjoyed watching me create special items for customers. It has become a family adventure!
Of all the products you create, which is your very favorite? Which is a customer favorite?
My favorite and my customers favorite is a locket with sand from Sanibel Island a mini starfish and sand dollar.
What are you looking forward to about the Market?
Sharing my passion for the beach with those who visit. And hoping I can create some custom items for individuals using their treasures from the beach!
Holli will be joining Gypsy Farmhouse Market at the market at the Arapahoe County Fair.
I use sand, seashells, sea glass and treasures from around the world to create my items. Each piece is unique, no one will have the same piece as you!