Dragonfly, Uniquely Marblehead

Dragonfly, Uniquely Marblehead

An interview with Tanis Yannetti.

Tell us about Dragonfly Unique Curations and why you started it. The store is an intentional eclectic assortment of beautiful, unique and interesting pieces. My mom, Marilyn Yannetti, and I are excited about featuring handcrafted items and giving artists a venue to show their work, while also stocking the store with an ever-changing array of other desirable items. We started this business to do something creative together as mother and daughter. We wanted to combine our love of art and searching for treasures to share this with our community.  

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of business advice I ever received was observed rather than articulated. I worked with my father, Ronnie Yannetti, in a family business for many years, and even before I worked with him, I watched how he conducted himself in business. He always took the high road and was always a gentleman. My father was beloved by all because he treated everyone with empathy, kindness, and respect. When I am at odds with what to do, I try to always ask myself, what would Ronnie do? And then I do that.  

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in Marblehead is our home, because it houses our amazing family and beloved dogs.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I don’t think people who know me are surprised by much at all. Take that as you may.

Dragonfly Unique Curations
Owners: Tanis and Marilyn Yannetti
133 Washington St, Marblehead 
dragonflymhd.com or @dragonflyshopmhd

Meet Fred Marco Photography

Meet Fred Marco Photography

Tell us about Fred Marco Photography and why you started it. I was a headshot photographer in New York City for over a decade. I moved to Marblehead to be a speech-language pathologist and I was so inspired by all the beauty around us here that I busted out all my equipment again. I shoot land and seascapes with a large emphasis on Marblehead and particularly unsung corners of our great town. All photographs are available with or without a large selection of matting and framing and delivered directly to you when you order from my website, fredmarcophotography.com. I also specialize in intimate family, child, engagement, and personal portraiture by appointment.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “Do what you love and the money will follow”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have to say that my favorite spot in Marblehead is Devereux Beach because of my ocean addiction.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I once gave a speech/language evaluation to a Crown Prince (HIPAA prevents me from saying more).

Fred Marco Photography
Fred Marco

Meet Tracy Finn Fine Art & Stationery

Meet Tracy Finn Fine Art & Stationery

Tell us about Tracy Finn Fine Art and Stationery. My art practice is more than a business for me, it’s an integral part of who I am. I started taking art lessons at the King Hooper Mansion in the second grade and have been creating ever since. I enjoyed many years as an art teacher before shifting my primary focus to my own work. I strive to make my work accessible to a broad audience by offering a wide range of prices for original work as well as through my stationery and print line. I offer greeting cards, custom invitations, and an annual calendar. The 2024 desk is now available and features some new work that I am incredibly proud of. I love that I have many customers who have never owned an original piece of art but are now collectors of some of my paintings. 

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? “Sometimes no is the right answer”. Just after graduating college, I sold my first large painting to an interior design firm. After purchasing the piece, they asked me to alter some of the colors to match their showroom. I agreed to the request, and it’s a decision I still regret. No matter your business, stay true to your vision and values. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead? Marblehead has so many beautiful spots, it’s difficult to choose a favorite! I would have to say The Rocks. Stop by the studio and maybe I’ll tell you where that is (maybe!). 

What is something people may be surprised to learn about you? After graduating college, I lived in Idaho and worked in a local department store doing merchandise displays. Four years later, I was in Manhattan designing windows at Bloomingdale’s.

Tracy Finn Fine Art & Stationery
Tracy Finn, Artist & Owner
51 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead (by appointment only)

Meet Creative Spirit

Meet Creative Spirit

Tell us about Creative Spirit and why you started it. I started Creative Spirit to provide fun, inspiring, and safe opportunities for folks to connect with their innate creativity, which we all have! Over the years, I’ve offered expressive arts-based workshops exploring a range of topics, including intuitive painting, writing, collage, and intuitive dance. I also partner with MacRae’s Sustainable Goods, here in town, to host themed, non-juried art exhibits in which everyone is permitted to show their artwork. I’m most excited about my brand-new offering – creativity coaching – which is a one-on-one coaching service designed to help individuals step into their creative dreams, work through any fears, and bring to life a creative goal or project. Read more about this offering at www.creativespiritma.com/creativity-coaching.

With the holidays just around the corner, I am thrilled to announce that Creative Spirit is presenting A Christmas Carol again. The staged reading in the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion is back for the 4th year of holiday fun and theatre magic. Come be entertained by this lively and theatrical reading of Charles Dickens’ classic story about the power of love and generosity. Tickets can be purchased at www.creativespiritma.com/christmas-carol.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? When I was thinking about starting Creative Spirit (and signing my first storefront lease), a LOT of fear rose within me.  I had a wonderful support group around me who encouraged me to just do it and live my dream.  Afterall, life begins at the edge of our comfort zone!

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I love being outside in Marblehead. My favorite spot is on the water on our sailboat.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m a recovering perfectionist! And while I love to be creatively free, I also need things to be a certain way – especially when making art. It’s a beautiful dance of honoring my habits (fears) and just surrendering to divine flow. That’s what life is about!

Creative Spirit
Peyton Pugmire

Meet Marblehead Candle Company

Meet Marblehead Candle Company

Tell us about Marblehead Candle Company. Marblehead Candle Company was a pandemic born business. David and I both came from the restaurant industry, and like so many other people were out of work for quite a while. For many years we had thrown around several business ideas of things we “should do”, all of which never came to fruition. Then one day the idea of Marblehead Candle Company came up in conversation and we both loved the idea so much that we decided on the spot we were going to go for it and see what happened. 

David and I really love this town and we may have a slight addiction to candles so it felt right to create something that would embrace both. All our candles are hand poured in small batches at our studio in Old Town (128 Washington Street, Marblehead) using 100% soy wax and clean fragrance oils, so when you burn one of our candles it’s free of things like carcinogens, mutagens, and other toxins. Each scent in our collection was carefully crafted to recreate your favorite memories of life here on the coast. Our vision for Marblehead Candle Company was to create a long lasting, high quality, great smelling candle that people would love but that they could also feel good about burning.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Truthfully, I don’t think anyone has ever really given us any business advice. To be fair, we didn’t leave a lot of opportunity for advice to be given when we were in the beginning phases of building the business. Prior to the Marblehead Candle Company launch we kept the entire business a secret from everyone, not even our family knew! It wasn’t an easy secret to keep because we were excited about what we were building but we knew if we were to share what we were doing that inevitably we would get a lot of input or advice from people. We already had a clear vision on what we wanted the business to be, that as first-time business owners we didn’t want to end up confused or overwhelmed or even influenced into changing. So, we did everything behind closed doors until we launched. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Chandler Hovey Park, AKA Marblehead Light, is definitely our favorite spot to spend time in Marblehead. It’s just so peaceful and beautiful there, especially in the summertime. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is get Marblehead House of Pizza and eat picnic dinners there. 

What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you? Hmmm…something that would surprise people about us…good question. Well, David was a professional surfer in his younger years and as far as I go, that’s a tough one. I’m not sure there’s a lot that would surprise people about me! If I had to pick one thing, I would say that I’m quite the introvert. I feel like as a business owner when most people interact with me, I am circumstantially extroverted so it would be hard to know otherwise, but at my core I am a total introvert. I guess you could call me an outgoing introvert!

Marblehead Candle Company
Owners: Amanda McRae and David Adkins
[email protected]

Meet Red Agate Design

Meet Red Agate Design

Tell us about Red Agate Design and why you started it. I started Red Agate to share my love of design with others. When I retired, I found that I was craving a creative outlet in my life. To fill that need, I started quilling which involves rolling, shaping, and gluing strips of paper together to create art pieces. From there, I ventured into working with wire and beads and turning those pieces into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry pieces. It’s been a fun and creative journey for me, and I hope my pieces make others feel special. You can view my jewelry collection on my Instagram page, which is @redagatedesign. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to see any of my pieces.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? One of my favorite pieces of advice that I once received was, “There will always be ups and downs, so don’t get discouraged. Trust yourself.”

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? There are so many wonderful places in Marblehead, that it’s hard to choose just one. I really enjoy spending time in the garden at the Hooper Mansion. It’s a delightful hidden gem where you can enjoy your morning coffee.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to know that I was Geppetto in a ballet adaptation of Pinocchio.

Red Agate Design
Owner: Ellen Harrington
Instagram: @redagatedesign
[email protected]

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