LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Local jewelry designer and Lakewood native Jennifer Stringer was named as one of 15 finalists in the Amazon Handmade small business awards competition — the only Ohioan to make the list.
The competition was announced in early August by Amazon to celebrate its Handmade platform’s fifth anniversary. Five winners each will receive a $15,000 grant to small businesses that sell on the platform.
“Makers” were invited to apply for the awards, and a panel of judges picked finalists based on “the most inspiring stories, customer-centric products and compelling plans for the winnings.” The public could vote until Sept. 9 to decide which of public to vote and decide which five finalists will win. Votes can be cast at amazon.com/handmade. The five winners will be announced on Sept. 21.
Stringer makes original handcrafted, wire-wrapped jewelry using semi-precious gemstones, beach glass and metal. She sells her jewelry products online,