Great Lakes Boutique is the area’s leading source for sparkle

Gl Necklaces 147 719
Great Lakes Boutique is an area source for unique jewelry lines like Marianna, which features the guardian angel collection. (Photography: Felicia Berger)

By Patricia Nugent

For those who appreciate impeccable design and enjoy mixing and matching pieces—whether for themselves or personal gifts to others—Great Lakes Boutique in Mentor is fully stocked with a variety of beads, charms, signature jewelry and tres chic handbags.

“As a one-stop shop accessories store, our customers know they can rely on us to bring in the latest trends and lines,” says Angel Mastandrea.

“Our hottest jewelry lines each have a little bit of that something different. We carry unique names such as My Saint My Hero, Waxing Poetic, Scout Curated Wears, Katie Loxton, Moonglow, Mariana, and Papaya.”

  • Mariana jewelry—Check out the new Guardian Angel Collection that personifies angels watching over you. Pieces in this line are handcrafted and super sparkly, with unexpected mixes of old and new, fabric and gemstones, metals and Swarovski crystals.
  • Moonglow jewelry—Capture and commemorate the moment you cherish with jewelry that features the moon from the date you select. Each milky, lustrous moon illustration absorbs light and glows in the dark.
Moonglow jewelry features the moon from the date you select.
  • Scout Curated Wears—With many pieces that do double duty as wrap bracelets and necklaces, this feel-good line features elements of Bohemian flair, such as suede, stones, fossils and geodes.
  • Meditation Rings—Like fidget spinners for grownups, these stunning works of art are designed as a ring-within-a-ring, so the wearer can find calm by the eternal motion. Great for stacking, too.
  • Waxing Poetic jewelry—These handcrafted pieces celebrate the journey of life via keepsake charms, pendants, bracelets, chains and necklaces. In addition to crosses, you’ll find initial charms and gemstone charms for women and men.

“In addition to new beads and jewelry arriving daily, we also have earned a reputation for selling a nice variety of estate jewelry,” says Angel.

Summer Kaleidoscope of Colors
The summer colors of Katie Loxton London’s rectangular clutch bags range from seafoam green to coral, blush pink and lavender, plus a slew of new metallics, too. For added personality, they are stamped with cheeky phrases such as, “Live Love Sparkle” and “All that Glitters.” A delicate little wrist strap allows them to pull double duty as an evening bag.

Papaya bags are accented with the company’s signature chunky silk tassel

And their just-right size (six inches by nine inches) accommodates phones, credit cards and your driver’s license. What else would you ever need?

The new Amelia handbag by Katie Loxton is also causing quite a stir around town. About the size of a magazine, this crisp white leather classic is accented by trendy bamboo handles.

“This line delivers on designer styles, yet they are priced to fit any budget,” says Angel. “They only look like you broke the bank.”

Another line of to-die-for handbags is from Papaya. They feature hand-foiled florals and designs are accented with the company’s signature chunky silk tassel and lotus charm to coordinate with each bag.

Great Lakes Boutique is located within Mentor Corners, at 8920 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jewelry repair is available. Call 440-266-8900, or visit for more information. Also check out their Facebook page for special flash sales.