The Golden Carrot is just what is sounds like…. a gem in South End with the most gorgeous, delicate, cool jewelry around. Nicole Corriher, owner of The Golden Carrot grew up outside Philadelphia. She met her husband while living and working as an actress in NYC, and they have two kids, Pippa (7.5) and Clyde (4.5). Nicole and her husband lived in New York for 10 years then moved to Hoboken where she opened up the OG Golden Carrot in 2015.
Nicole always had a passion for jewelry….she loved collecting different pieces, was interested in the details that went into making each piece and just enjoyed roaming jewelry stores. When she needed a little uplift, she would shop, browse her favorite jewelry stores or when she had a good day, she did the same….it was her happy place. She began making relationships with the owners and designers of the jewelry and just devoured every part of the process. Her passion was more with indie designers, vintage and antique finds and fine jewelry.
Nicole decided to open up her own fine jewelry store in Hoboken after realized that acting (her first love) wasn’t fulfilling her heart any longer. Her friends and husband told her to open up a store, use her passion and try something that she adored. She didn’t have a backgound in business or in retail, but she did it! She opened up The Golden Carrot in Hoboken in 2015.
Pretty soon, Nicole had 2 kids, was running The Golden Carrot 7 days a week with just her and a manager and pretty soon, she and her husband were looking for a change of pace. North Carolina was on their mind. Nicole had just one request to her husband…find a place that the Golden Carrot will be viable. He found Charlotte, started looking into South End where this great new space was about to be built, took a chance and was one of the first shops to commit. This is what I love about Nicole….she takes chances. This store is in the perfect place. They opened up The Golden Carrot in November of 2019 and survived the pandemic. Enough people had heard about GC or already been clients of hers from NY, that she sustained and online sales got them through.
One thing that is very cool about GC, is the beautiful crystals and minerals that she has around the store. She and her husband went to a gem show in 2018 and loved it so much. She bought some things back for herself and their home and decided to decorate GC with some of their personal gems to fill the shelves. People started asking her about them, so she decided to invest at the next gem show. People loved them and she learned so much about the power of healing that crystals can do and believes 100% in them. They are pretty gorgeous to look as well.
If you have been following me for a bit, you know I have gotten 6 piercings in about a year and I am obsessed with studs and small earrings. I got my 3rd holes done at The Golden Carrot and have 2 beautiful earrings that I refuse to take out from here. She has the most gorgeous collection of tiny studs that are so beautiful. Best thing is: your ears will not get infected from these beauties.
The Golden Carrot can also make the tiny gold bands in house and the seamless strands as well – they can weld these bracelets (below – 3rd one) on your wrist and they don’t come off – I love how dainty and beautiful all of them are. the rings are just incredible and such special pieces. AND, she has started making mens wedding rings (above left) which are unique and very cool.
Another cool thing they do are these curated gift boxes that you can give as a gift! – they include a cute card, a candle, a flower bundle with matches that you can light over and over, a lollipop that has seeds in the stick where you can stick it in a pot and watch something grow (so cool), a crystal, and a jewelry holder all for $93. Such a special treat for someone!
Meet Nicole, owner of the Golden Carrot. When I asked Nicole what she loves the most about her store, she said she loves watching people fall in love with a piece. She loves the process and knowing that whatever someone picks out whether its a wedding band for a fiance (how fun would that be to be a part of), to a ring for a friends 40th (I have one from there from 2 friends that I wear everyday and think of them everytime I look at it), to a beautiful stud earring that you will wear and treasure forever — she loves watching people light up and fall in love with something special and knowing that her store has brought that to them. One thing you can say about the Golden Carrot is this : you can always find something in the store that you can buy. All I have to do is tell Jack, go to to Golden Carrot and I know that he will come home with something I will love and cherish.
Do yourself a favor and stop by if you live in Charlotte and if not, I promise, whatever you order you will cherish and be in love with 😉