Glassical Heirlooms begins new chapter

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 04:35 AM

Today marks the first day of a new chapter in the lives of Dave and Pat Stanley, owners of Glassical Heirlooms.

Glassical Heirlooms is no longer operating from its manufacturing plant off Meadowbook Drive in Forest City.

The company was a manufacturer’s gift outlet warehouse for angels, jewelry and inspirational gifts that were designed, manufactured and sold throughout the United States and Canada. 

The Stanleys, who moved to Rutherford County 25 years ago when Dave was transferred from West Virginia with his company — PPG — have gone home for semi-retirement.

In September 2013 the couple began seeking answers from God regarding their company.

Although the plant is closed, the couple will continue the flower preservation aspect of Glassical Heirlooms at home.

“It’s a semi-retirement deal,” Pat said. “The flower business is really growing and we will be more comfortable to be at home.”

“We’ve been directing the business that way,” Pat said as she looked at the empty shelves and building where she’s spent much of the past two decades. 

They recently closed their showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago and Tuesday closed the doors in Forest City.

They said God worked out every detail in His timing, one day at a time.

“We kept praying about it to see what God wanted us to do,” Pat said.

Last week there was significant inventory remaining in the building when unannounced auctioneers from Indian Trail arrived at the shop.They bought everything remaining and plan to sell them at Charlotte auctions.

“The last step was selling the building,” Dave said.

The building actually sold before it went on the market, Pat said. 

Another family business owner bought the building where he and his family will continue their job of providing technical coating for a Rutherford County industry.

“That is good for our county and it was good for us,” Dave said. “We were a family owned business and they are.”

The Stanleys have traveled around the world, some for business purposes and some for vacation.

Dave has also traveled on several mission trips in foreign countries.

Scuba diving is their hobby and they’ve visited some of the popular diving locations in the country.

Some people, upon retirement,began their traveling.

“We are ready to nest,” Pat said.

They will continue the flower preservation business out of their home as they settle down to a more simple life, as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

To order flower preservation, contact the couple at (828)248-9870 or email:

Local woman begins work with jewelry company

FOREST CITY — A Forest City woman, Amanda Clark, is an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a fun and fashionable direct sales company with a unique twist. 

Clark holds interactive events where she helps guests create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry that best reflects individual styles.

Origami Owl was founded by a 14-year-old entrepreneur, Isabella Weems. She was inspired to create jewelry that would be beautiful, meaningful, whimsical and fun so she launched the company with the goal of saving enough money to buy her first car.

In 2010 Weems introduced the “Living Locket,”a necklace that can be customized with meaningful charms that represent things that are important to the customer.

From home parties, the success of Origami Owl grew in fanfare and today Weems’ business model is replicated by Independent Designers nationwide.

For more information the customizable jewelry, hosting a party or beginning a Origami Owl business, contact Clark at (828) 305-8631 or email: or visit