My Humble Story
I started with hope and a few pennies.
Once upon a time, I was a single momma with a newborn son. My husband had been in the military and life changed for us all, leaving me single. Trying to make ends meet, I embarked on opening my own little bridal shop /event planning business. It wasn’t long before business was starting to take off. We were getting by until one summer night when all was lost. We had an electrical fire in my little shop. I lost everything. The insurance only paid to repair the building. With all the inventory gone, the dream was lost.
I vowed not to be knocked down. With baby in tow, I went back to school at night and worked during the day. Once I had my new degree, I got hired at a local business and began trying to save again. But with a small child and little to live on, saving was impossible.
Having even a pair of earrings was out of the question. So I started making my own jewelry. People gravitated to them and began asking for their own pair. A few dollars here and a few dollars there; I started a small savings.
Years later, I found the ability to move on and even a new man to make my life complete. With a new love and my son all grown up, I was encouraged to rise from the ashes and try again. This time, a better, more knowledgeable business owner was born and with the help of family, a new store was born too. We embarked on DK Designz (evolving from DK Jewelry and DK Designs Jewelry.)
With a little luck, our little business will take off and we will find our way again in this world.
What I really want people to know is that I had a hope: to create affordable, original jewelry that people would love owning, feel beautiful wearing and know that it was created from hope and dreams
It IS possible to rise from the ashes. There IS hope and possibility. My designs come from true inspirations and each piece means something to me.
I hope that you will see a little inspiration in these designs and feel inspired yourself, to never give up, don’t let circumstances put a stop to the dream.
La La Bend is a unique concept boutique that supplies local art, jewelry and unique gifts that are all made in Oregon. It is the premier supplier of jewelry created by owner and founder Donna Kern of DK Designz Jewelry. La La Bend opened its doors during the summer of 2017 and is located at 1030 NW Newport Ave in Bend.