I can’t believe Adorn is 16 years old!

In some ways, time has flown in the blink of an eye, yet when I reflect on all that has happened, it feels like I have lived several lifetimes in that space.  2020 has been such a quiet year,  it seems odd celebrating such a big anniversary.  In preparation of this announcement I took a trip down memory lane, going through scores of old photos and boxes of mementos.  At the bottom of this post, I thought I would share the highlights with everyone. Thank you, because it is YOU who made all of these great memories come to life.  In celebrating this anniversary, I am actually celebrating this fantastic community.  How wonderful it has been to spend the majority of life here among so many wonderful people who have strengthened me and helped form the person I am today.  It has been the honor of a lifetime to work with individuals to design and create meaningful jewelry for them.  It has also given me the chance to travel and show my work, hold big celebratory parties and fundraisers, give talks to younger people,  meet the press, and receive some pretty incredible honors along the way, for which I am incredibly humbled by.  My heart is overflowing with memories of pure joy, friendship, major transformations and so many dreams come true.  I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for all of you who have supported and followed me on this creative journey. 

When I opened the store back in the Fall of 2004, I never imagined that it would take me on so many wonderful adventures.  To think, in the beginning, I was barely out of college.  It would be another year before I was married, and Audrey was not even a thought yet.   It is hard to believe how different my life was when this all started.   To everything there is a season, indeed.  It has been a special experience to grow and adjust the business along each step of life’s path.  From the “big time” that the move to Main St. brought, to the quieter present day celebrations working in my home studio has afforded me.  Everything has been in it’s right place at the right time. 

I never imagined the transition that 2020 would demand. Being forced to operate in an online-only scenario was never part of my plan.  I am forever grateful that, thanks to you, Adorn has been able to undergo yet another metamorphosis to accommodate the constraints of a pandemic as well as the weight of motherhood in such times.   It has been the greatest treasure being home to help my teenage daughter successfully navigate these uncertain waters of 2020 while still keeping the business alive in the online world.

Don’t get me wrong, it has been difficult not seeing everyone out at the shows and pop-up events.  I truly miss you, and can’t wait to safely get back out there.  In the mean time,  I am hoping you will share my message of gratitude with your friends, and help keep the dream alive. 

To share the love and celebrate Adorn’s Sweet 16, from now through November 7th, with every order of $16 or more, use the code: SWEET16 to receive 16% off your entire order.  As always, everything ships free! 

Your support means the world.  Thank you for joining me in my celebration. 

Gratefully yours,

xoxo Erica

PS: Every artist/maker I know has had a very rough year. Here is a link to a blog post I made back in the Spring that highlights a bunch of my creative friends.  I am betting they would all love if your browsed their work for the upcoming holiday season.  Shop local, shop small, shop indie.  Even small purchases make a big impact. :)

Adorn Original Location on Coy St Canandaigua NYOriginal Adorn interior at Coy St in Canandaigua NYErica Bapst in 2004 grand opening of AdornFireplace in original Adorn location at Coy St Canandaigua NYAdorn Jewelry interior with custom case in archway at Coy St Canandaigua NYLittle Audrey with her "pick of the day" at Adorn 2008Lil' Audrey back around 2008 with her "pick of the day"sunglasses time little 2008 Audrey's "pick of the day"Photo by Rickki Van Camp for an article in the Daily MessengerProfessional Women of the Finger Lakes Awards 2012Interior of Adorn Jewelry on Coy St Canandaigua 2012FLCC Alumni Awards 2012Adorn Jewelry Grand Re-opening on Main St Ribbon CuttingChristmas Window Display Adorn Jewelry on Main St CanandaiguaErica Bapst from Adorn Jewelry and Denise Chaapel from Sweet Expressions on Rochester channel 8 newsAthena Awards 2013 Photo by Michele KislyAccepting the honor of ATHENA young professional 2013 Photo by Michele KislyTearful acceptance ATHENA Young Professional Award 2013 Photo by Michele KislyErica Bapst and Jenny Goodemote at 2013 ATHENA awards Photo by Michele KislyPenny on the checkout counter at Adorn Jewelry on Main St CanandaiguaErica Bapst giving a talk to students at Allendale ColumbiaAwards Ceremony PamphletsVarious Magazines Erica Bapst from Adorn Jewelry has been Featured in Newspaper Clippings Erica Bapst from adorn Jewelry has been featured inErica Bapst and Hannah Taylor-Anderson at Adorn's 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser 2014Family photo from Adorn's 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser in 2014 Photo by Michele KislyErica Bapst and Nancy Ertel at Adorn's 10th Anniversary Celebration and fundraiser 2014 Photo by Michele KislyInterior shot of Adorn Jewelry on Main St Canandaigua NYAdorn Jewelry, Erica Bapst booth at Canandaigua Art and Music Fest, jewelry category winner Adorn Jewelry, Erica Bapst booth at Canandaigua Christkindl Market, jewelry category winnerOriginal Adorn Logo            Adorn Jewelry and Accessories Logo         Erica Bapst Designs Logo 

October 31, 2020 by Erica Bapst


Diane Jones

Diane Jones said:

Erica, Congratulations on your Sweet 16! As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way, Baby!” I’m still enjoying your creations, and I wish you the very best in these challenging times, as you begin your next 16. Best wishes, Diane Jones

Terry Rockwell

Terry Rockwell said:


I have shopped at your store quite a few times….perhaps, not as often as some but have always admired your skill and artistry in making such beautiful designs and ALWAYS enjoyed my purchases. I congratulate you on your16th anniversary and also, on the courage and stamina and faith in yourself to pursue your dream. Wishing you many more years of continued success.

Valerie DeLeo

Valerie DeLeo said:

Erica – Congrats on your Sweet 16! You have touched our lives in so many ways with your incredible talent and love. Wedding jewelry, specialty hair pins made from my Mom’s wedding for my daughter’s hair; Repaired treasures of the past from my Aunt and my Mom. The creation of a remake of an antique mourning necklace for an artist to paint a portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton – then the artist wore that same necklace when she delivered her lecture to an audience in Seneca Falls. I could go on and on….. (I guess I have)… thank you dear Erica. Here’s wishing you and your family a very HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! ♥ Val

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