Compiled by Robert Sedita, Management Analyst, Dana Point Community Development
The city of Dana Point has honored White Pelican Gallery as the Business of the Month for March 2015.
White Pelican is the family owned and operated business of George and Diana Poulos and son, Chad Poulos.
Before purchasing White Pelican 20 years ago, Diana and George were wholesalers of Native American jewelry. Through wholesaling they were able to learn much about the Native American culture and the jewelry making process.
One of their original wholesale customers was the former owner of White Pelican. One day while the couple was visiting him at the shop, he informed George and Diana that he was going to be selling. The Poulos knew right away they wanted to purchase it. Shortly after acquiring the store, their son Chad began working there and has since become part owner.
George and Diana still maintain their wholesaling business, utilizing it to expand the selection offered at White Pelican, bringing in the finest selection of collectible Native American jewelry, crystals and art.
White Pelican specializes in hand-crafted traditional and contemporary jewelry made with various types of metals and an array of stones and shells including turquoise, coral, onyx and opal, to name a few.
The shop also features quality award-winning pieces by artists from a number of tribes including the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Santo Domingo tribes, by artists such as Ray Tracey and David Rosales.
Chad Poulos has also created his own line of jewelry, and should customers not be able find exactly what they want, he has the talent and creativity to work with them to create a custom one-of-a kind piece.
In addition to White Pelican’s beautiful selection of jewelry, they offer a diverse collection of quality Southwestern arts and crafts including pottery, sculpture, metal art and artifacts. The also stock one of the largest selections of Minnetonka Moccasins on the West Coast, attracting many customers from outside of California.
Whether you prefer contemporary or traditional Native American products, White Pelican offers a wide selection of items to choose from. Their quality merchandise, along with their great service and affordable prices, have made White Pelican a go-to place for both residents and visitors shopping in Dana Point.
White Pelican Gallery
34475 Golden Lantern
Dana Point Harbor