Missing Link traveling store featuring jewelry, chain mail to debut

link1WICHITA — Jewelry designer Melissa Shockley is joining the truck trend.

Shockley has been selling jewelry and chain mail since 1998. Last summer, she saw Holly Daley’s Ginger Lily Boutique  – a fashion truck – at an event.

“Ginger Lily is what inspired me,” she says of getting a 27-foot RV to haul and show her creations.

“It would be nice to just pull up and park.”

Shockley calls her business the Missing Link because she uses jump rings, which are small metal circles, to create metal jewelry and shirts. Some of what she makes is similar to what might be found at a Renaissance festival.

She did a trial run of the new vehicle, but that was before it was done. It’s now completely outfitted and will make its debut April 26 at a car show at Mel Hambelton Ford.

link2Shockley, who has a day job making glasses, says she’d love to have a storefront one day.

For now, she says, she’s looking forward to pulling up, opening a door and having an instant shop – with no unpacking.

“Exactly.”