Personal Profile: Bethany Klein

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Name: Bethany Lynn-Marie Klein

Occupation: Retailer/jewelry maker and co-owner of Sleeping Lizzards.

Website: Currently under revision.

Birthdate and place: July 21, Hammond, Ind.

Family: Brian Ellis, 49, husband; Mary Dermid, 24, daughter; Claire Pierson, 19, daughter; Tara Ellis, 26, stepdaughter; Mason Ellis, 22, stepson.

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: every day and every customer is different, fun and unique.

My business philosophy is: work your hardest every day, go out of your way to help your customers, keep things fresh and different, and most importantly, truly enjoy the people you encounter and connect as humans.

If I could, I’d be a: I’d design and build small sustainable neighborhoods with small “green” houses and communal workshops and gardens.

I’m so sick of: people that close their hearts and minds and stand in judgment of others.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party: Pink, Stephen King, Nelson Mandela and Francis Ford Coppola.

My hobbies are: reading, gardening, making jewelry, going to garage and estate sales.

The last book I read was: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

I wish I knew how to: speak Spanish fluently.

My worst habit is: taking too much on and worrying too much.

Nobody knows I: played college basketball.

The person I admire the most is: my mom. She’s the smartest, most creative and talented person I know.

My guilty pleasure is: watching series back-to-back for hours on Netflix.

I drive a: 2003 VW Jetta Wagon TDI.

I would like to be driving: my 2003 VW Jetta Wagon.

My favorite restaurant is: Greenhouse or Banter.

I’m happiest when: I am with my girls and we are laughing.

I regret: not being able to be a full-time mother.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: I would take off for at least a year and attend metalsmithing workshops all over the country.

If I could change one thing about Denton it would be: I wish there was a Sprouts or a Central Market in the old Piggly Wiggly building on Sherman.

When I retire I plan to: attend metalsmithing workshops and spend more time in my studio.

Community activities: I volunteer and teach jewelry classes at SCRAP Denton, and we are members of the Denton Main St. Association.


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