The Beach Bum Story
R.O.S.E. Award Winner
Linda Mickevicius, owner of Beach Bum Jewels, won the R.O.S.E. award in 2013 for her excellence in customer service.
The “beach bum” in Beach Bum Jewels is Linda Mickevicius. Linda has always been drawn to the beach not only for the treasures that are waiting there but for the extreme peace and relaxation that she experiences while there. She and her husband Ben, along with their 3 Yorkies, Livvy, Abby, and Ollie, are avid boaters and beachcombers. Their home near the shores of Lake Michigan is filled with shells, driftwood, crinoids and of course beach glass and sea glass. Linda began collecting beach glass many years ago.
In 2005 the transition from beach glass collector to jewelry designer evolved. Though an accounting and IT professional by trade, Linda says that designing and creating jewelry from her found beach glass, allows her creative side to flourish in her mostly technical world. It adds balance to her life.
Linda has been joined by her daughter Jamie, and grandchildren Garrett and Madison in the sea glass jewelry making process. Her husband Ben and two other grandchildren Andrew and Matthew also assist in the hunt for jewelry quality sea beach glass. Each of the three generations of family members has a key role in the business.
Linda is one of the early members of NASGA (National Sea Glass Association and served as the first treasurer for 5 years. She still serves on the membership and festival jury committees.
In addition to displaying her beach glass jewelry on her website and at art/beach festivals, Linda’s beach glass jewelry can be purchased at her studio/shop at 622 Franklin Street, Shady Creek Winery, and Carson Pirie Scott stores in Michigan City, Merrillville, and Hammond.