Collecting a "herd" of unusual collectibles based on a cow motif? Start and build your collection at Zaria and Bella's on Jay Street in Schenectady. If it's a unique gift you want, odds are you can find it or have it found for you. And you'll also find everyday gifts and home decor, plus a line of children's gifts and unique pet items.
Zaria and Bella's (named for the owners' beloved dogs) reflects the passion and creativity of Lance Dzintzar and Mike Casey. The shop also reflects their concern for the environment, fair treatment of workers, and for products "made in America."
"We want our products to have meaning," says Lance. Their mission has resulted in a menu of gift items that include:
- Beautiful candles made in New Jersey by mentally and physically disable workers paid a gainful wage and treated fairly in the workplace
- Hand-painted, hand-carved collectibles by master craftsman Jim Shore, a former quilter, who grew up in rural South Carolina.
- Tasteful, practical items made from recycled bicycle chains by a company in Oregon.
- Jewelry made by residents of a Kenyan village that helps support workers and that local economy.
- Items made by Schenectady-area artists.
If it's unusual, gift-givers know to turn to Zaria and Bella's. If an item isn't in stock, Lance and Mike will go find it online.
This local business derives a good share of their business from worldwide customers via their Web site, www.zariaandbellas.com. They interact with their friends and customers on Facebook at facebook.com/zariaandbellas
Co-owner Mike Casey says, "If it's not at Hallmark, you'll likely find it with us." Visit this unique shop every day (except Monday) at 135 Jay Street in Schenectady.
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