by Sam O’Keefe,
Does the Plum Creek Boutique sound familiar? Probably not. In fact, many students and faculty at AHS are widely unaware of a latent, lucrative business conducted by a fellow student and classmate. Maddie Goldstein, a 16-year-old junior involved in the high school’s Drama club, and a diligent Honors student, owns her own successful jewelry business, which she began at the age of 10.
Her mother bought her an arts and crafts book, which taught her to make bottle cap jewelry. After using up all of the materials provided by the instruction book, Goldstein had made far more necklaces than she could give away to family and friends.
At a Robbins Library craft show for young entrepreneurs, the young girl was overjoyed at earning $100. Her business had already taken flight, when she was only in the 5th grade.
Since her first steps in the business, making bottle cap necklaces at which she became an expert, her product line slowly has become more mature, sophisticated and technical. In this evolution, Goldstein has come to appeal to a wider audience, explaining, “Over time, my business has changed for the better, both in the products I sell, how I brand my business, and the way in which I run my business in general.”
Her current product line includes a variety of items, as she makes several kinds of jewelry and hair accessories. A common theme of her products features flowers molded out of clay. Her more cultured products are made with pieces of glass tiles. The line’s hair accessories are produced using wool felt, which is cut and rearranged to form flowery shapes.