Faces of Fourth is a featured series on the folks that are the heart and soul of Historic Fourth Avenue. From the merchants who bring commerce to life, to the buskers who fill the avenue with sound, there are many people to celebrate on Fourth Avenue.
Fourth Avenue has always been a colorful place, but the owner of Silver Sea Jewelry, Lizzie Mead makes it sparkle! After all, she is the force behind one of Tucson’s favorite events, the mermaid parade. And her nautical inspired jewelry only adds to the fanfare.
Like many of the merchants on Fourth Avenue, Lizzie is a native Tucsonan. Her parents own and operate a 1950’s style boutique motel on the south side of town and her business has been in operation since 1993.
“I was raised in the land of self-employment and I spent some time traveling, performing, and exploring other places, but always came home to Tucson.” Mead shared.
We chatted with Lizzie to find out what makes Fourth Avenue a special place for her.
When did the Avenue first start playing a major role in your life?
The moment I moved here from Congress and 6th in 2008 – I was hooked. I knew I was home.
What’s one of your favorite things about the Avenue?
The community. The diversity. The friendships. I feel a sense of belonging that maybe I’ve never had before.
Where is one of your favorite places to frequent on Fourth?
Tell us one of your most memorable experiences on the Avenue.
If you could time travel, what year would you like to visit Fourth Avenue?
I would have loved to hang here during the Avenue’s hippie heyday. The late 60’s. I spent a lot of time here in the late 80’s and 90’s. But equally feel we are in a great time to be on Fourth Avenue – the artists, musicians, and the peak of localism. It’s a wonderful time in Fourth Avenue history right now. May it be wonderful in the future as well!
Visit Silver Sea on 4th at 330 North 4th Avenue.