Southern Indiana Living

NOV-DEC 2018

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Nov/Dec 2018 • 15 It's pretty incredible how all of that hap- pened. I just love that he has to do with a part of it." Just five days after her dad died, her stepmom passed away as well. Luckily, Ryan had a strong support system to keep the shop open during its first few weeks. "I didn't even have to think about that because a friend of mine completely ran the store for me while I was away," she said. Ryan's stepmom made jewelry and Ryan wanted to continue that. "I re- ally don't re-create too much of the same thing, but I also make these lava rock rings, which have been taking off," she said. "I'm really excited that I've been able to create a product that people are into." Ryan dabbled in jewelry for several years, but only went full force when she opened True North. "I acquired her (stepmom's) tools, which really made me want to use those and carry on the jewelry making thing." Ryan also acquired her dad's paint- ing supplies. Although she has never painted, her grandma was also a painter. "If he was good at it, maybe I might be. I hope I'm good at it; I don't know if I will be, but I'm going to try." Her bright personality, love for the people around her and passion for what Pictured: (this page, top) Michelle Ryan, owner of True North, fulfilled a life long dream when she opened the shop 3 1/2 years ago. (this page, bottom) Barn doors are available to purchase, as well as logo tees, bath and body products, in-house jewelry, handbags, housewares, and various vintage items.

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