Jacquelyn Miccolis had always dreamt of owning her own business. It wasn’t until working at the Seaport Farmers Market and running a local screen-printing business that she had gained the necessary experience in the handmade sector. After a lot of hard work, Miccolis’ dream became a reality when Sparkles n’ Sawdust opened at 1574 Argyle Street.
Sparkles n’ Sawdust’s name reflects not only the business but also its owners. Miccolis, a self-taught jewelry designer, gives the name “sparkle” and her husband, Alan Pippy, a self-taught luthier with a passion for woodworking, is the “sawdust.” Together the two are Sparkles n’ Sawdust.
Miccolis says the best part about being Downtown is the people. “Halifax is a beautiful city, with a small-town feel,” said Miccolis. Being in the heart of Downtown Halifax also allows Miccolis to do what she enjoys – connecting with people from all walks of life every day.
When selecting the makers for the store, preference is given to artists who are facing barriers. Miccolis gives primary focus to artists facing mental illness or physical disabilities. They hope to create a beautiful community of kind, loving, and incredibly talented local makers.
Sparkles n’ Sawdust offers a wide range of unique gifts, from ladies’ fashion to cigar boxes and string instruments. There truly is something for everyone.