AMESBURY (CBS) – In 2008, Gail Zona of Amesbury decided to leave a lucrative career as an executive at a software company to start a hand-crafted personalized gifts business called GJoolz.
“I kind of went from executive tech geek to fun, hip lady,” she said with a laugh.READ MORE: CVS To Hire 1,100 New Employees In Massachusetts Ahead Of Winter
She now spends her days making, by hand, exquisite pieces of glass and silverware, carving boards, coasters, picture frames, glasses and more – all with the gift recipients’ names on them.
“I create smiles,” she told WBZ-TV. “I make people feel good, and we certainly need that right now. But I do that by creating hand-crafted gifts that are personalized.”READ MORE: Sign Of Fall: Full Harvest Moon To Illuminate Night Sky
She said the pandemic was initially very tough on her business, as she lost a lot of corporate events and weddings.
But she just had her best December ever, and she has a theory about why.
Zona said she thinks people want something “personal and meaningful. It has your name on it. All of a sudden, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s really special.’”MORE NEWS: In The Red: CDC Map Shows Every Massachusetts County With High COVID Transmission