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What started out as a hobby for Grant Davis quickly turned into a family business.

Need we mention that Grant is only 11?

Grant said he always knew he was cut out to run a business. It was him, after all, who encouraged picking bunches of strawberries when the

family headed out on a fun trip with a plan to sell the extras for profit.

So it`s not surprising that when a friend showed him a new hobby – crafting jewelry - the Troy Middle School sixth-grader realized he`d stumbled onto something that was fun and could be profitable, too.

"He couldn`t sleep the day he learned," said Grant`s mom, Colleen Davis.

He`s meticulous about his materials - using only top-quality Swarovski

crystal and the best beads. At the moment, Mom and Dad are footing the bill for those since the hobby, which started a few years ago, only recently evolved into a business.

His eye for design is evident as he works and works until he gets every detail just the way he wants it. Depending on how complicated the design, he can craft as many as 20 pieces a week.

"I like how it comes together," Grant said.

So finally, after a few years of polishing his technique, he decided to try to sell some pieces. And that`s when he found out that entrepreneurship is a family trait.

Evan, his 10-year-old brother, serves as the business accountant. At 8, the younger Parker is the official public relations guy - he even designed a video to help sell his older brother`s work.

Colleen Davis said she`s happy to support the endeavor. Not that that`s the only thing the family has on its plate.

Grant also plays baseball, football, tennis and golf, and he swims and is involved in theater. All three boys are involved in sports, plus they play the piano.

So how successful has the young businessman been? His work can be found at the Arabica in Avon Lake, and he`s sold quite a few pieces.

And the true mark of good craftsmanship? He`s gotten special requests for designs from those that see his work.

Contact Amy McLysaght at 329-7155 or

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