Artisans finding a home in downtown Starkville

Klara Haloho, located at 205 East Main St., offers handmade pearl jewelry made in-store and from Bali. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)

UnTAMED Art, owned by Mississippi State University student Madison Haley, will open on July 26. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)

Staff Writer

Two artisans, Klara Haloho and and unTAMED Art, have found a home in downtown Starkville.

Klara Haloho opened its doors at 205 East Main St. on July 5. Owner Klara Bath said the business specializes in handmade jewelry.

“My jewelry is pearls, the classic design on leather or cotton, and the other jewelry is from Bali,” Bath said.

Bath said the jewelry from Bali is also handmade.

“My specialty is pearls,” she said. “I string all the pearls, and I love handmade.”

Bath said Klara Haloho was previously located in Florida, but her husband’s service in the Air Force has brought the couple to Starkville.

“The first location was in Destin, and then we moved to Orlando,” said. “The reason why we moved is because my husband is in the Air Force, and now he’s with the Air Force in Columbus.”

Bath said Klara Haloho is named after her Sumatran roots.

"The Haloho is my maiden name,” she said. “I came from a tribe in North Sumatra, and that is my father’s name. I still carry that name.” Klara Haloho jewelry is also carried at boutiques across the South, and is available online at and on Instagram and Facebook.

Klara Haloho is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.

UnTAMED Art, which will open on July 26, will provide a home not only for owner Madison Haley’s work but for other artists’ work in the area too.

UnTAMED Art will be located at 113 B South Lafayette Street.

“I’m really trying to create a storefront where local artists can gain exposure while also offering a place for them to express themselves,” Haley said.

Haley said starting out, UnTAMED Art will feature four vendor artists with pottery, jewelry, paintings and prints. She said she will later start taking applications for more vendors.

“A lot of people will try to sell their things online or go to markets once a month, but I’m trying to create a place where artists can keep their things and people can come in and find what they’re looking for and they can buy it,” Haley said.

UnTAMED Art will be open all day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during its grand opening on July 26 with snacks, drinks and a surprise painting. Regular store hours will be 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Haley, an art student in the graphic design program at Mississippi State University, will be selling her own custom prints at UnTAMED Art, along with graphic design and photography services to businesses or for personal use.

“I realized that a lot of people like to support local artists, but a lot of artists don’t know how to get their works out there,” Haley said. “I want to help market them and get them some exposure, as well as myself, and that way any kind of person, no matter what you’re into, you can come in and find something that speaks to you.”

Haley said she has a lot of new ideas she wants to bring to Starkville, and updates can be found on UnTAMED Art’s social media, at UnTAMED Art on Instagram and Facebook.