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It Takes a Team, Meet the Leaders of Silver in the City

 
Kristin Kohn (she/her), "Head Honcho" Owner & Jewelry Buyer
Gets distracted by shiny things.
 
What’s your go-to Mass Ave local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
Mass Ave - Coat Check Coffee - I love the Iced Matcha with Ginger and Oatmilk and any of their baked goods.  Right now, I'm also loving the refreshing Tavern Freeze (its like a Paloma slushie) from Tavern at the Point matched with the smoked turkey and bacon chop salad.  If I'm in a pizza mood, it's got to be Bazbeaux - it's a Mass Ave legend.
 
Who’s your favorite maker, why are they your favorite & what do you rock by them?
I don't think it's fair to play favorites, but I love my connection with Evan Knox.  I am almost always wearing a piece of her jewelry, I love her unique style and fearlessness to express herself.  We've been connecting over gemstones, raising sons, national parks, and baked goods for over 15 years.  A visit with Evan can stretch most of the day and I love it - plus, because she makes mostly one-of-a-kind pieces, it's an entirely new collection to peruse every time.  I'm not sure who owns more, Evan, me or my mom!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you? 
Silver in the City means building community and making everyone feel welcome to be a part of it.
 
 
 
Grace Mitchell (she/her), "Mitchell P.I." Inventory Manager
“Excuse me, I have to defuse this bomb." - Nancy Drew
 
Who are your favorite makers, why are they your favorite & what do you rock by them?
MUDLove!  I have the Indiana State Seal Mug (in Jade) and it is my favorite coffee mug I’ve ever owned.  They’re handmade in Indiana and in partnership with Water for Good, every mug provides one week of clean water to someone in need!
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
Swedish Dishcloths by Now Designs!  They’re cute AF and way better than using paper towels!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
Silver in the City means so much more than just a place to buy gifts. It’s a safe place to grow. A place that accepted me before I accepted myself and pushed me to take a closer look at how I could create that space for others both here at work and in my personal life.
 
 
 
Claire Shipley (she/her), "Go-To Goddess" General Manager
Let's hang out and eat pizza, craft, and sing show tunes while surrounded by houseplants.
 
What’s your go-to Mass Ave local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
I LOVE Ralston's.  Obviously, you'll need to start with the 'Bavarian Bites' (pretzel nugs that will make your carb-loving heart sing).  You really can't go wrong with anything on their menu, but the Recession Sliders are a favorite of mine.
 
Who are your favorite makers, why are they your favorite & what do you rock by them?
Home side:  Paddywax, especially the Vista Candle in Cactus Flower & Aloe.  Run, don't walk to get this dreamy scent.
 
Jewels:  HAWKHOUSE.  I love this woman-owned and run jewelry company!  The copper is such an unusual material and their stones are so cool.  I have a mood ring (obviously), and an Opal ring!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
To me, Silver in the City is inspiration and encouragement.  Standing up for what you believe in and bringing light and attention to people and matters that are important.  Even before I worked here, I loved all of the products and the amazing way the store was run and stood for what they believed in.  Since working here, I have grown so much as a leader, colleague, and person.  This place is magic, and it is the most incredible honor to be part of something so special.
 
 
 
Kelly (Kells) Williams (she/her), "Boss Babe" Shop Manager at Mass Ave. Location
Have you seen my water bottle?
 
What’s your go-to Mass Ave local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
The Eagle!  I like to get the chicken sandwich and whatever light and local beer they have on tap.
 
Who are your favorite makers, why are they your favorite & what do you rock by them?
J & I is my favorite jewelry designer and maker.  I love the details: mixed metals, craftsmanship, and their labradorite pieces are GORGEOUS.  I’m also a big fan of the more masculine styles of Corkcicle drink holder-tumblers and Arctican are must-haves.
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
Everything.  I earn my living here, build relationships with co-workers and employees, meet cool strangers, find out about different events going on in town and different artists around the country.  It’s also my go-to gift store.  I get a coupon almost every other week because someone in my life needs a little joy (or myself, I can’t lie, I love to treat myself).


 
Jenetta Hartly (she/they), Assistant Manager at Mass Ave, Indianapolis Location
“There’s one rule that I know of, babies- Damn it, you’ve got to be kind” - Kurt Vonnegut
 
What’s your go-to Mass Ave local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
Leviathan Bakehouse for a coffee and a sweet pastry.  I would recommend any single menu item from them!  I have yet to try something I don’t love. 
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
No gift is complete without a sticker or magnet from SITC. All of my friends and family get one of these when I’m gifting!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
Silver in the City is a place to be yourself. I have always admired the way this small business has used its voice in big ways. They do not shy away from issues happening in our community, and the world!  After being a frequent shopper for years at SITC, I was beyond excited to join this team. 
 
 
 
Michael Klein (he/him), Assistant Manager, both locations
“I think music is an instrument. It can create the initial thought patterns that can change the thinking of the people.” -John Coltrane
 
What’s your go-to Mass Ave local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
My fave food spots are definitely Bazbeaux Pizza and Condado Tacos (and tequila!)! 
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
No Silver In The City gift is complete without a quirky sticky-note pad! I'm also a sticker FIEND and sport my collection on my instrument cases.
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
For me, working at SITC means taking the time to think about others- in your friend circle, in your family, or even in your community. We love to help support YOU supporting others!
 
 
 
Nick Rassi (he/him), "Queen of the North" Shop Manager at Main St. Location
I'm a vegan bookworm and my cats are the most important part of my life.
 
What’s your go-to Main St. local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
Pad Thai and Indie Coffee Roasters!  I get Red Curry with Tofu from Pad Thai and the Cold Brew Coffee from Indie Coffee Roasters.
 
Who are your favorite makers, why are they your favorite & what do you rock by them?
Local maker People for Urban Progress (PUP) is my favorite.  I love their story, and I love their products even more.  I've had a weekender bag for years.  It's my go-to bag for traveling or spending days by the pool.
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
My go-to gift from Silver in the City is our vegan cookbooks.  Lots of my friends and family are plant-based eaters; a good cookbook can really reenergize your love for cooking!  My favs are Plants Only Kitchen and Frugal Vegan.
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
I love working for Silver in the City.  I've been here since 2013 and watched our stores grow and change into a really remarkable part of the community.  I'm so proud of the work our team puts in to make our space inclusive, progressive, and supportive.
 
 
 
Belle Phothirath (she/her), Shift Leader at Main St., Carmel Location
"Sometimes I'll start a sentence, and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way." - Michael Scott
 
What’s your go-to Main St. local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
My go-to spot is 1832 Brew for my favorite Blue Lotus energy drink! It keeps me running for the day. For a quick lunch, a BLT from Joe's Butcher Shop.
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
My go-to gift would be any sticker or cute birthstone piece from Evan Knox. So cute and personable!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
Working for Silver in the City has been such a treat; I love my coworkers, and I love the customers. It's such a reward to come work for a small business with great values and a great team to work with! It's amazing to know how much this company has done for the community, and that I have also been a part of that.
 
Kate Vaughn (she/her), Shift Leader at Main St., Carmel Location
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” -Oscar Wylde
 
What’s your go-to Main St. local eats or coffee spot?  What do you get?
Java House in Midtown Plaza is my go-to coffee shop. My day is never complete without a fresh cold brew! Joe’s Butcher Shop also makes a mean turkey pesto sandwich.
 
What’s your go-to gift from Silver in the City?
I’m personally a huge fan of Hawkhouse’s unique jewelry pieces. Pair that with a sticker (or five) and a pair of socks and I’d say you’ve got a solid gift!
 
What does Silver in the City mean to you?
To me, Silver in the City is everything from where I make my living, to a place where anyone and everyone is welcome and safe. Working here has truly been such a gift, and I feel so lucky to be working alongside such wonderful human beings who believe in the same things I feel so strongly about, and things that affect the people I care so much for. This company always has a loud and powerful voice in our community, and that is something truly so special.
 
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