FOUNDER, POSITIVE THINKER, IDEA DEVELOPER, HAPPINESS ENTHUSIAST, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE LOVER
"I grew up in Blowing Rock and it was a sleepy little summer town then. You knew everybody and we missed a lot of school because we played in the snow a lot," Charlie reminisces on early days. Charlie is a man of many talents including auctioneer, entrepreneur, father, friend and husband. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State. However, his most important and loved task at VJ is not about the business but rather helping others. His favorite stones include sapphires and diamonds for their properties of wisdom, strength of character and purity. The most treasured item in his personal collection is his 22K gold wedding band in an ancient Greek Design. In his spare time Charlie enjoys a multitude of activities including acting as a 1st responder for the National Ski Patrol, gardening, hiking, riding motorcycles, exercise, bible study and design and building.
Joy Dale Travis
VICE PRESIDENT, INVENTORY MANAGER, CULINARY EXPERT, OZZY & BOONE'S MOM, THE REAL BOSS
A Blowing Rock resident, Joy is the Vice President of Village Jewelers, Ltd. Joy is an ASU Alumni and has been in the jewelry business for over 30 years. A symbol of perfection and illumination, Joy's favorite stone is a classic & shimmering diamond. Her most treasured piece in her collection is a simple bezel mounted heart shaped diamond slide necklace. In her free time she loves working in her flowers, weaving & quilting and spending time her boys - the dogs of course! Poodles, Boone & Ozzy, are the most delightful and happiest members of our team!
MASTER GOLDSMITH, BENCH JEWELER, DESIGNER
Originally from Lake Wales, FL, Morgan was first exposed to the art of jewelry making when his family opened their first jewelry store while he was a Junior in High School. In his Senior year, he apprenticed with Mayer's Jewelry and immediately fell in love. In 1990, Morgan opened his own store in Boone called, "Morgan's Jewelry." In 2014, he joined the Old World Galleries/Village Jewelers team. Morgan considers the most rewarding part of his role to be the smile on his client's face when they see the jewelry creation they dreamed of come true. His favorite stones are opal and sapphire. His favorite piece in his collection includes a sterling silver and turquoise belt buckle that he made when he was 18 years old. In his spare time, Morgan enjoys clay target shooting and riding motorcycles.
THE MANAGER OF THE VILLAGE, "JUST FIX IT" GIRL, THE REALIST
Born and raised in Boone, Jennie is the Village Jewelers, "just fix it" girl. Jennie truly knows her way around the jewelry business with 20 years experience handling everything from sales, battery replacements, appraisals, minor repair and more. She graduated from Appalachian State in 1996 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Since her favorite stone is a diamond, the most loved treasure of her own is a diamond bezel necklace made from one of her father's rings. Jennie has two young girls, Bishop and Elliott, who she loves spending time outdoors with and riding their horse, Quincy.
SALES ASSOCIATE, BEAD-STRINGER, AVID BOOK READER, CUTE SHOE WEARER
A local from Boone, NC, Katelyn has been a family friend of the Travis' for many years. Katelyn comes to Village Jewelers with an Associates Degree in Art from CCC&TI. She is currently in her senior year at Appalachian State working towards a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. A beauty-seeker, Katelyn loves to see the new and unique pieces that come in and out of the collection. Her favorite stone is opal. Her go-to piece is her mom's delicate black onyx ASU class ring. In her spare time she loves to travel. Her "ultimate" trip would be to New Zealand. She also loves diving into stories of fiction and fantasy.
ASPIRING METALSMITH, SCI-FI NERD, CAT LOVER
Originally from South Carolina, Kat comes to Village Jewelers with an Associates in Fine Arts from Sandhills Community College. She studied classical guitar and theatre at Appalachian State. Inspired by her sister's creativity, she started making jewelry at a young age and expanded those skills working at Strand Beads in downtown Boone. Kat enjoys working in her garden, making resin jewelry with pressed homegrown flowers and playing music. Her go to piece of jewelry is a simple sterling chain with a lapis teardrop and silver feather charm.