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Lara Dolan, co-creator of BLO Vintage. (click for larger version)
September 30, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Vintage whistle lariat jewelry will be available at this year's Crabapple Festival, held Oct. 5, thanks to an Alpharetta-based custom jewelry designer called BLO Vintage.

Launched in the spring of 2012 by creators Allison Stackpole and Lara Dolan, BLO Vintage has already picked up a loyal following of customers and collectors looking to get their hands on some of the unique jewelry.

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BLO Vintage, an Alpharetta-based custom jewelry designer, is known for its unique pieces and vintage whistles.
"They're all handmade," said Dolan. "And each lariat includes a vintage whistle dating back from the early 1800s to the 1980s, so it's a bit of history and fashion combined – every piece tells some sort of story."

Making the jewelry is no easy task, but Dolan said it usually involves a bottle of wine and a girl's night in.

"Allison and I are very picky about the materials that we use – the stones are all organic and any type of embellishment is going to be something vintage. So it kind of depends on how inspired we are," she said.

While BLO Vintage has jewelry available in boutiques and specialty shops across the country, Dolan said they normally like to do about six to eight festivals a year.

"The Crabapple Festival is not our largest, but it's one of our favorites because it's nice and local," Dolan said. "It's like old-home week for us. We know everybody that comes by and we really love that."

Dolan added that what she likes most about doing festivals is watching what pieces of jewelry people are intrigued by. She said by doing that, they're able to design the line to their customers' liking.

And like with any relatively new business, Dolan said the biggest challenge will be keeping their ideas fresh. The business partners have already begun incorporating miniature harmonicas onto their jewelry.

"We also donate a portion of our proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because we like to be in our community and we like to give back," Dolan said.

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