Teen Jewelry Maker’s Real Gem is Mosaic Boutique

By Mike Baird
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas

One teen sidestepped college for her dream of operating a fashion boutique.

Bella Abastta, 19, struck a deal in August with the owner of Mosaic boutique in Lamar Park Shopping Center.

“She just jumped in the deep end of business,” said her father Victor Abastta, longtime owner of Sparkling City Jewelers.

“For now college will wait, while Bella acquires real life experience.”

His daughter’s crib was in the back of his jewelry store, and she grew up learning to make jewelry.

It’s the craft that took her to the next level.

With help from Del Mar College Small Business Development Center, Abastta was able to establish a business plan and achieve her goal to buy the store.

The college hosts one of about 1,000 free business resource centers nationwide, partly funded through a partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration.

Abastta was one of 443 people counseled last year at the center, director Ann Fierova said.

It provided more than 140 workshops for about 2,600 people.

Abastta is one of 46 people helped with new businesses.

“It was priceless,” Abastta said. “I took marketing workshops, learned how to launch social media sites and negotiate for the best deal.”

She generated about $20,000 in sales during her first holiday season, she said, and feels like she’s on track with her dream.

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