The very first time Touch of Glass owner and founder Mariah North worked with glass, she was a senior in high school.
Two years after North worked on that stained glass project and graduated from high school, she began selling art pieces to friends and family.
“I did it from home as a side-hustle basically,” she said. “Since then, it’s just grown over time.”
North opened the store just before the pandemic began in February 2020. Although she had to shut down the showroom, she continued to create art and sell the products online.
“I pretty much just went back to what I knew,” she said. “Since I’d always sold online and from my house, I was able to just do the same thing. The community was awesome, they really supported me. It was crazy.”
The products sold in North’s store can take her anywhere from two hours to 30 hours, and have an overall nature theme to them.
“Moons are my thing,” she said. “I want to start doing crystals in class. Birds, I sell so many birds. It’s crazy.”
In addition to selling products, North periodically hosts group classes. During the classes, groups learn to create their own mosaic cubes.
“I give them all the same instructions,” she said. “Some people start the projects in this area or that area, but I would’ve started over here. It’s kind of really fun to watch them.”
North will host three holiday mosaic cube courses in November. The classes will feature either cardinals, the Grinch or snowflakes. Holiday courses will be on Friday, Nov. 5, Friday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 19.
Touch of Glass is located at 620 S. Broadway St. and is open Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on custom orders, group classes or to shop products go to: touchofglassgreenville.com